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Lake Rotoroa

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  • Day64

    Leaving Thames & Going to Hamilton

    February 12, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    So after 5 nights in a typical old-fashioned NZ house, we left our base town of Thames to meet up with our Elora friend, Donna, in the landlocked city of Hamilton.

    On the way, we stopped in to the Matatoki Cheese factory to buy an assortment of NZ cheese, and for a delicious coffee. Boy, New Zealanders love their organic coffee and can make a good cuppa of flat whites, as well as delicious scones.

    We passed Paeroa, where we bought a can of their famous lemonade called Lemon & Paeroa, or L&P, which is a sweet soft drink manufactured in New Zealand. Created in 1907, it was traditionally made by combining lemon juice with carbonated mineral water from the town of Paeroa, but it is now owned and manufactured by Coca-Cola.

    On we went to Morrinsville, where we tried to find Chris kiwi wide brimmed hat. The sun here is so intense, not really super hot, but intense that his baseball cap wasn’t doing a good enough job. No luck, but we went into a bakery to get a sandwich and had a picnic lunch in the park.

    Morrinsville has a quirky and colourful ‘herd of cows’ art installation that are located around town. It was fun to see this collection of life-sized cow sculptures which highlighted the history of dairy farming in the town. We thought of the Plunkett family, especially since we saw a variation of their name throughout the area!

    Eventually, we arrived at our rendezvous point in the Hamilton Gardens with Donna. Our directions to each were not so clear so we ended up in more or less the same area at the right times but without seeing each other. It was a joyful reunion when we made the connection.

    After a short sit in the sun by the lake, we continued on to Anita and Bob’s beautiful Double Bay Villa in Te Miro, near Cambridge. More about the house in another footprint.
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  • Day89

    Vom wunderschönen Raglan nach Hamilton

    December 29, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Mit Muskelkater in jedem Muskel unseres Körpers wachen wir auf und machen seit Ewigkeiten mal wieder Yoga mit Meerblick.
    Danach bummeln wir durch das kleine Örtchen und laufen voller Erwartung an den Strand. Raglan ist die Surfhochburg schlecht hin, hier sieht man nicht selten Weltprofis auf dem Wasser. Als wir um die Ecke biegen sind wir enttäuscht..Niemand, nicht mal ein Anfänger ist auf dem Wasser. Die Wellen sind zu klein.. also wieder ab nach Hause.
    Kurze Verschnaufpause und dann per Anhalter nach Hamilton. Dort erwartet uns unser neuer Gastgeber, der bereits eingekauft hat und uns eine kleine Einweisung in die indische Küche gibt.
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  • Day295

    Māori in Aotearoa (NZ)

    June 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Neuseeland war der letzte unbesiedelte Zipfel der Welt bis die Māori im 13. Jahrhundert "Die lange weiße Wolke (Aotearoa)" entdeckten. Die verschiedenen polynesischen Stämme besiedelten überwiegend die wärmere Nordinsel. Ihre Kultur und Lebensweise ist sehr interessant und unter anderem weltweit bekannt durch den traditionellen Tanz "Haka" und die einmaligen Tattoos.Read more

  • Day6

    Extreme Edge

    January 9, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today we headed into Hamilton to go to Extreme Edge - possibly Adam’s favourite place in Hamilton! It was promised last time we were here (for just one night) and Adam certainly didn’t let us forget. Both boys did really well - right up to the top of most of the walls. Even choosing to do the challenges to make it a harder climb on some!Read more

  • Day12

    Bedtime Wrap

    March 14, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    We got up early to visit Wai-O-Tapu, a nearby geothermal area. Wai-O-Tapu has lots of colourful rocks, from the steam bringing up minerals from deep underground.

    Wai-O-Tapu also has a geyser, which was discovered by convicts a along time ago. The geyser was initially steaming, then it started to frothing and finally it erupted. When the geyser erupted it shot water 10 metres into the air.

    Wai-O-Tapu is a massive park area, next we went to a mud pool. The mud was popping and bubbling. It smelt like rotten eggs. It was interesting watching the mud splash and pop.

    Next we went and visited some local free hot springs. At the first one the water was very hot, I could feel my ankles burning. Lysa said she burnt her foot in the mud too. The second one's water was a bit cooler and had a pretty waterfall.

    We finished the day with a tour of Waitomo Caves. They have been doing tours in these caves for over a 120 years. The tour had a boat ride in an underground cave where you got to see lots of glow worms.

    Erin XO
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  • Day13

    Bedtime Wrap

    March 15, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    The weather gods were kind to us today and blessed us with gorgeous weather. We made the most of the Sunshine and headed outside.

    First up, Hamilton Gardens; a little kitsch in parts but beautifully maintained and an amazing variety of plants. As far as we can tell the gardens are mostly maintained by the students at the attached horticultural school. Props for the free labour, because you can see the sheer mountain of effort that is put into maintaining these grounds. The rose garden was stunning with an enormous variety of (you guessed it) roses. I particularly liked this speckled variety as it wasso different to any rose I'd seen before.

    The afternoon was a walk up Te Aroha, I confess I knew very little about this walk other than it was about 10km long, offered 360 degree views and was considered one of the better walks in New Zealand according to an online walking guide. I wasn't expecting a thin track that had clearly suffered though last weeks storms. The climb was arduous in parts having to climb up rocks and exposed roots, combine that with a constant steep incline for two hours and I was pooped by the time I got to the top. By the way I looked it up, the incline was 952m. The view I was afforded was stunning and included views of the Bay of Plenty, Firth of Thames, back towards Hamilton and Kaimai-Mamaku range.

    While I was exploring Erin had enjoyed a nap. We both now feeling refreshed enjoyed a nice pub meal to finish the day.

    Lysa XO
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  • Day175

    Ab zum Flughafen

    December 22, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Nach einem kurzen Stopp in Hamilton, bin ich nun auf dem Weg nach Auckland. Die Busfahrt war sehr schön. Neben mir saß eine Frau, die ihre Enkel über Weihnachten besucht und für mich dem Tour Guide gespielt hat. Durch sie habe ich vieles über die Landschaft erfahren, wo die größten Staus in Neuseeland sind, es gibt einen Ort an dem super viele Reiche Menschen leben und deren Kinder auf eine Elite Schule gehen.Read more

  • Day13

    Good bye for now.

    February 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today we say bye (again) to my daughter and her friend. I shall miss her and Laura cooking but be so good to get the van to ourselves, we can keep our bed up, we hav more space for things and more importantly not feel bad doing things we want to do n worry tht they don't want to.

    I treated us all to a fab breakie at $91 it should be good. We dropped them off at bus station n we headed to coramamdel
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