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  • 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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  • Nov17

    New Plymouth

    November 17, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We stopped in New Plymouth for a day to explore the city. We had a look at the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge (if you look closely you can see Mount Taranaki through the bridge) and the Wind Wand at the waterfront. We also walked through Pukekura Park and Brooklands Park which included a free zoo. The inner city of New Plymouth had lots of awesome street art and a cool looking museum 🤖Read more

  • Nov17

    Paritutu Rock

    November 17, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We climbed up Paritutu Rock on New Plymouth's coast. It's only 156m high but it's a very fun and steep climb to the top. From the top we had a great view over New Plymouth, Mount Taranaki and the Sugar Loaf Islands.Read more

  • Day35

    New Plymouth

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

    Durch Regen geprassel auf dem Dach des Campers bin ich um 7Uhr aufgewacht und hab beschlossen noch etwas liegen zu bleiben 😉. Nach dem Frühstück ging es zunächst ins Stadtzentrum von New Plymouth. Da es jetzt aufghört hatte zu regnen, fuhr ich an den Stadtrand zum Coastal Walkeway und drehte eine Runde entlang der Küste. Eine Attraktion und beeindruckende Konstruktion ist hier die Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. Eine verwundene Stahlbogenbrücke für Fußgänger über den Waiwhakaiho River. Die Namen der Orte, Flüsse und Berge sind echt nicht einfach zu schreiben, geschweige denn auszusprechen 😂! Im Anschluss kraxelte ich noch kurz auf den Paritutu Rock, einem 154m hohen Felsen am Hafen mit Blick auf die Sugar Love Inseln. Zum Mittagessen ging's runter an den Hafen. Es gab Fish & Chips in einem keinem Lokal namens Chatch&Co. Fang des Tages war ein Gurnard Fisch. Sehr lecker 😋
    Am Nachmittag besuchten wir dann noch gemeinsam den Puke Ariki Komplex, um das dortige Museum zur neuseeländischen Geschichte zu besuchen.
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    Regina Würtz

    Für ein Bauingenieur ist die RewaRewa Bridge ein muss 😉👍

    3/7/18Reply
    Michl

    Ist eine interessante Konstruktion. Nur leider steht Sie etwas abseits der Stadt. Eigentlich schade!

    3/8/18Reply
     
  • Day77

    Ducks and Drakes Hostel

    September 15, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Bin heute in New Plymouth angekommen und morgen geht es auch schon zum Egmont National Park 😊 Das Hostel hat eine sehr gute Lage. 5min Fußweg zu Pak'N Save (sowas wie Penny o. Lidl) und 15 min Fußweg in die Innenstadt. Das Hostel an sich ist sauber, allerdings sind die Räume nicht so groß🤔😥 (4/5 ✨).Read more

  • Day182

    Parliament tour & Drive to New Plymouth

    July 10, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We got up early and walked to the Beehive Parliament. We had a 30 minute guided tour inside. Unfortunately we couldn't take any photos inside. We got to walk in to the debating Chamber, banquet Hall and the press room. It was quite interesting. The chamber looked smaller than I thought it was going to be but still impressive. The Chair is the focus of the Chamber. The Speaker chairs meetings of the House of Representatives from this seat which was given to New Zealand by the British Parliament. There is a British coat-of-arms on the wall above the Chair that symbolises New Zealand's relationship with Great Britain. The chair was covered in Sheep's wool, very New Zealand!

    We got back about 12pm and went to apex to hire a car for our North Island road trip. We asked for a small hatchback the cheapest option. In the end they gave us a white Nissan Tilda, medium sized car. Its an old car with wooden interior and beige seats. We've named the car Roy. Can't complain though for only $126 between the 3 of us for 10 days!

    It took us a long 5 and a half hours to drive to New Plymouth. We got stuck in a bit of traffic along the way. When we were near New Plymouth I could already see Mount Taranaki. I couldn't believe how big it was. It was strange to see it on its own with no other mountains surrounding it. We checked in to our hostel Ariki backpackers this evening. Seems okay so far. Comfortable bed and reasonably clean bathrooms. We cooked spag bol this evening. Having an early night tonight ready for a hike to Mount Taranaki tomorow.
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  • 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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  • 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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    Reto Hollenstein

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

    3/7/18Reply
    Kilandi

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

    3/7/18Reply
    Nicole Freitag

    Herzlich Dank zurück! Schön wenn euch der Blog gefällt 😊

    3/7/18Reply
     
  • 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
     
  • 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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