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    • Day12

      New Plymouth

      November 9 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Today is my last day in new Plymouth. I had the chance to get in touch to many people from different cultures....we had an interesting time especially in the evenings 🤗 On my daytrips I visited many parks and I had the chance to see some free parrots.....but I believe they were a little bit scared of me 🙈📷Read more

      Traveler

      Ich will ein Bild mit papagei sehen!! 😂

      Traveler

      habs aktualisiert 🙈

       
    • Day100

      Paritutu Back Beach

      February 1, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      An der Nordküste von Taranaki ragen zwei (ehemals drei) Felsformationen, die als Three Sisters bekannt sind, 25 Meter in die Höhe. Eine weitere spektakuläre Felsformation namens Elephant Rock war einst neben den Schwestern zu finden, bevor sie 2016 ihren Rüssel an die Erosion verlor. Da, als wir ankamen, Ebbe war konnten wir dem Fluss und anschliessend der Felsspitze entlang laufen, wo sich die Felsformationen befinden.
      Der nächste Halt war bei den Sugar Loaf Inseln, eine Ansammlung von 7 kleinen umbewohnten Inseln und dem Paritutu Rock bei New Plymouth. Im schwarzen Sand sonnte sich eine Seerobbe und die Aussicht war so schön, sodass wir zum Sonnenuntergang gleich nochmals hinfuhren. Einen Abstecher beim Wreck of Gairloch einem Schiffswrack, von dem jedoch nicht mehr viel übrig ist, lag zwischendurch auch noch drin.
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    • Day23

      New Plymouth

      September 26 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Een uur naar een brug lopen omdat er mooi uitzicht op Mt. Taranaki moet zijn, de halve brug onder constructie😅. Helaas veel daklozen hier in het hostel, voelt toch een beetje ongemakkelijk. Nu lekker alle complot theorieën van 1 van de daklozen aanhoren🤣Read more

      Traveler

      Die foto van de kust 🤩

      9/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      Mooie foto's en inderdaad die van de kust is prachtig

      9/28/22Reply
       
    • Day67

      New Plymouth

      March 7, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Heute sollte eigentlich ein großer Angelwettbewerb in der Stadt stattfinden, daher war der Campingplatz voll mit Booten in allen Größenordnung und jeder Menge durstiger Angler 😂 die hatten gefühlt die ganze Nacht durchgefeiert und waren morgens zeitig wach in Erwartung des Wettbewerbs, der leider aufgrund des schlechten Wetters (die ganze Nacht & am Morgen Dauerregen 🌧 und ordentlich Wind 💨) abgesagt wurde.
      Ich konnte aufgrund des Wetters mal ein Stündchen länger schlafen 😴. Da der Campingplatz mit einer toller Küche ausgestattet war, haben wir dort unser Frühstück zubereitet und hatten ein paar nette Unterhaltungen mit den gelangweilten Anglern.
      Anschließend ging’s in die Innenstadt. Als erstes hab ich mir die St. Andrews Kirche ⛪ angeschaut. Auch hier bin ich von 2 älteren Einheimischen angesprochen worden und wir haben einige Zeit geplaudert. Danach bin ich gemütlich durch die Innenstadt gebummelt. Am Nachmittag ging’s dann noch auf Grund des schlechten Wetters ins Museum Puke Ariki. Hier habe ich mir die Maori Ausstellung angeschaut.
      Anschließend sind wir mit dem Camper nach Stratford gefahren. Leider hat es den ganzen Abend weiter geschüttet und der Campingplatz steht ziemlich unter Wasser 💦.
      Hoffentlich wird’s morgen wieder besser!
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      Traveler

      Hallo Nicole So zwischdurch mal herzlichen Dank für deine regelmässigen und immer spannend zu lesenden News. Dafür gibts einen🏆🎖!!!

      3/7/18Reply
      Traveler

      Uuuuups, ich drück‘ euch die Daumen für Sonne ☀️ ☀️☀️

      3/7/18Reply
      Traveler

      Herzlich Dank zurück! Schön wenn euch der Blog gefällt 😊

      3/7/18Reply
       
    • Day20

      12-2 New Plymouth, Brooklyn Park

      February 12, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Gelukkig regent het alleen 's nachts, en zo kort dat mijn tent het kan hebben. Maar ik had ook 3 keer geniest gisteren. (Kennen ze hier niet trouwens)). Via een wandelroute die ik gedeeltelijk fiets kom ik terecht in Brooklyn Park. Ja wauw. Lunch in het theehuis en ik wandel daarna naar de kleine dierentuin. Daar leggen ze uit waarom een dier alleen zit. Iets meer wandelen dan gepland. Ik scoor wel een nieuwe rugzak. Om 4 uur lig ik pas in zee. Betere golven. Ik blijf nog een dag. Ik ben niet intens gelukkig, maar wel innig tevreden.Read more

      Traveler

      Zo zie je wat 2 dimensionaal doet. Dit was zó mooi in 3 dimensies. Echt super.

      2/12/19Reply
      Traveler

      Exit Europa cantat rugzakje. Hangt van ellende aan elkaar.

      2/12/19Reply
      Traveler

      Oudste stenen kerk van NZ

      2/12/19Reply
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    • Day21

      13-2 New Plymouth

      February 13, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Weer zo'n rustdag waar je moe van wordt. Ik ga een klein stukje fietsen op een fietspad langs een riviertje. Ik blijk weer bij dat Brooklyn Park uit te komen (wel even een bergje over). Kan ik mooi alsnog die 2000 jaar oude boom bekijken en de Gables. Wel even een beetje iets met trappetjes🤢. Nou ja, ben ik ook vlak bij het museum van die Lyle, toch maar even kijken. Filmpjes zijn te donker, 1 ding vond ik wel leuk met pingpongballen die in beweging worden gebracht. Wat veel leuker was (en gratis) was Puke Ariki. Maori dingen van de streek (hoofden hebben een punt: mnt Taranaki), en een stukje moderne kunst wat ik wél leuk vond, vergeten te fotograferen. Bv allemaal stukjes hoofd op een rij, die als je op de goede plek staat 1 hoofd vormen. Was grappig. En het glas kunstwerk in de bieb vond ik mooi.
      Dan nog even boodschappen, al met al weer pas om 4 uur "thuis". Koude wind, daardoor mooie golven blijkbaar want er wordt druk gesurft. Morgen maar kijken of ik door ga.
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      Traveler

      Een boom om verliefd op te worden. Geniet er van!

      2/14/19Reply
      Traveler

      Nou! Vooral dan nog dat gat waar je doorheen kunt kijken. Leuk om van je te horen!

      2/14/19Reply
       
    • Day19

      11-2 New Plymouth

      February 11, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Ik draai me nog eens lekker om, ik hoef maar 20 km. Pfff, wel een beetje klimmen weer zeg. Heel veel verse groenten bij de Countdown voor een maaltijdsalade straks. Hebben ze ook 2 zalmfilets op huid voor 5$. Mjum!
      Er is een fiets-wandelpad langs de kust pal langs de camping. Tof.
      Ik maak me een beetje zorgen over mijn knie, al heeft 2 keer smeren met de wonderbaarlijke brandnetel zalf van Aïsha al geholpen. Doe het dus rustig aan en lig 's middags vooral aan zee. Door het zand struinen voel ik dan niet. Rara. Zal wel psychisch zijn. Blijf iig morgen hier, misschien langer er is genoeg te doen.
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      Traveler

      Mooi!

      2/11/19Reply
      Traveler

      Ik mis alleen de paarse koe nog hier 😃 E.

      2/11/19Reply
      Traveler

      Die staan er, in de vermomming van een agapantus😁

      2/11/19Reply
       
    • Day184

      Exploring New Plymouth & Drive to Raglan

      July 12, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Unfortunately we woke up to another grey rainy day but we didn't let it ruin our plans. We first drove to Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. We were hoping the clouds will clear so we get a beautiful view of Mount Taranaki. Unfortunately we couldn't see it again but it was an interesting bridge to walk across. It looked like a breaking wave or a whale skeleton.

      Next we went to Pukerua Park. It had a beautiful waterfall, large lakes, fountains and bright red bridges. We walked through beautiful gardens.

      After this we went to Puke Ariki Museum. We learnt about the history of Taranaki life and the nature here in Taranaki. We then had lunch and drove to Raglan. It was a stunning costal drive there. We arrived in the evening and checked in to Raglan Backpackers. We have our own 3 bed dorm. It seems very relaxed here by the harbour with hammocks outside our room, jacuzzi and small sauna. It's also got a lounge with a fireplace. It's a very relaxed vibe here.
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    • Day1

      New Plymouth, NZ

      June 5, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      NZ unlocked.

      The borders are closed, our trip to Europe is cancelled and our planned transition to employment in New Zealand is currently intransiable (ish). What better time to explore our backyard?

      Cat and I are back on the road and we're headed south. We'll be juggling part time jobs, hikes, bikes and bars with some excessive driving distances in the recently acquired Nissan 'Johnny' Qashqai. No, Cat hasn't validated my nickname for our new vehicle, and I'm sure you'll side with her but Johnny Cash is no doubt with me on this one. We've got no bookings, a half baked plan and tickets to ski Coronet peak. Rather unprepared but I did bring a sleeping bag. Suggestions welcome!

      Torrential rain greeted our departure from state highway 1 and followed us on and off to the coast. The clouds eased late in the afternoon in the nick of time for a spectacular view of Mt Taranaki in the setting sun. Lucky us. A few minutes later we rolled into New Plymouth, greeted by local residents Joe and Vanessa and their two boys Arthur (2) and Charlie (8mo).

      Joe and co put us up in their spalacial (yes - the spacious version of palacial) home, and we caught up on many years past with a few beers and a few more rosés.

      Joe and Ness showed us the sights - the waterfront, the wind wand, town, and the local bunnings - but the long and thorough catch ups were the raison d'etre. So good to see they've found their feet and started the family...knowing the Carey's, I'd wager this might be just the start!

      Lunch on Saturday was at Mikes beer garden, where for the first time in a while, I wasn't the biggest grub at the table (thanks Art).

      Major, Cat's great uncle was our final stop on the way out of town. Yes, his name is no longer legal for all you sharp eared pregnant couples. A quick catch up and a well prepared flick through four of the 27 photo albums was all we had time for, before hitting the road to Welly. We're eager to get our hands on Major's memoirs - not just for piecing together the blur of a visit but also to compare with Grandjack's. Cat's copy is in Dargs. We're coming for ya Shirley!

      Cat took my dozy self the whole way to Welly with the aid of some rather terrible podcasts (The scrubs one - never heard such meaningless waffle in my life zzzz). It was raining upwards when we arrived and Anny and Dave had the house warmed up and the lamb on the table as we dripped into their appartment near Cuba St. Spoilt huh?!

      In the essence of keeping good records:
      Covid19 status: Level 2 with 12 days of zero case in NZ.
      Noticeable effect: Cat's hands are sore from repetitive sanitizing. My hands are sore from not writing my contact details in every store. Not.
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      Jools Peters

      Penguins are back! Love it!

      7/4/20Reply
       
    • Day183

      Hike to Mount Taranaki & Paritutu Rock

      July 11, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      This morning we went over to the i site to ask about hiking to Mount Taranaki. They recommended a 16km hike to the Pouakai Tarns pools where you can get a beautiful view of the Mountain and perfect reflection on the lake. They showed us the live camera up by the mountain and it looked pretty clear. It was sunny outside.

      We drove about half an hour to the carpark where we start the walk. Unfortunately it started to rain a little bit when we started the walk. But we were hoping if may clear up by the time we reached the top. We walked on Broadwalk up lots of steps in the forest. We were walking up steps for about 2 hours. It was beginning to get very muddy, wet and icy. It was never ending these steps. We decided to stop at Pouakai Hut to have our lunch and warm up a bit by the fire. We were all very wet. Next we walked to the Pouakai Tarns. More steps. It was getting very wet and muddy. After about 15 minutes we made it to the Mirror reflection lake. We were all disappointed we couldn't see a thing. Not even Mount Taranaki at all. It was completely covered in cloud and it was still raining. We decided to head back straight away. It was a slow wet climb back down. Legs were aching and we were all very wet. It took us about 5 hours in total.

      After this Conny and Ashleigh wanted to climb Paritutu rock as the weather was sunny and it supposed to be raining tomorrow on our last day here. I agreed but struggled a bit as there more steps to climb. Shortly after, the climb got more demanding and I needed both hands free to get myself up the side of ​Paritutu Rock. I had to scramble up the steep rock. There is a chain along side I could hold on to at times. When we made it up to the top the sun was setting and we had lovely views over New Plymouth City, Mount Taranaki in the distance but still mainly covered in cloud, back beach and the severn Sugar loaf islands. It was a great view from the top. Definitely worth the climb. It was only 15 minutes to the top of the rock but steep.
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