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  • Day11

    Rabbit Island

    December 31, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today we took the ferry ⛴ from Wellington (North Island) over the Cook Strait, through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton (South Island).

    From Picton it was still 2 hours to our accommodation on Rabbit Island 🐇🏝 (ironically, no rabbits here).

    Here we are staying in a cozy hut for the next 2 days. Isolated from civilization (Christian likes it very much).

    Heute sind wir mit der Fähre ⛴ von Wellington (Nordinsel) über die Cookstraße (benannt nach James Cook - wie unschwer zu erkennen ist), durch die Marlborough Sounds nach Picton (Südinsel) gefahren.

    Von Picton waren es dann noch 2 Stunden zu unserer Unterkunft ggü. der Rabbit Island 🐇🏝.

    Hier sind wir die nächsten 2 Tage in einer kuscheligen Hütte abgeschottet von der Zivilisation untergebracht (Christian mag es sehr).
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  • Day149


    February 27, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Die Berge sind echt wunderschön hier. Teilweise sieht man leider einige Bereiche die abgeholzt sind. Und auf dem Weg ist ein großer Waldbrand. In der Region hat es seit Weihnachten nicht mehr geregnet und es herrscht Wasserknappheit und sehr hohe Brandgefahr. Fünf Helikopter wechseln sich mit dem Brand löschen ab...

    Wäsche waschen ist auf unserem neuen Campingplatz wegen Wasserknappheit nicht erlaubt und nur 2-3 Minuten duschen. In der Region gibt es 300 Tage im Jahr Sonne. Es ist ein sehr schöner FKK Campingplatz mit Sauna und neuem Pool, da es letztes Jahr eine Überschwemmung vom Meer gab, die den Pool zerstört hat. Tony, der seit über 30 Jahren hier wohnt erzählt uns davon und zeigt und Fotos. Es gibt einige Dauercamper, die seit Jahren auf dem Campingplatz wohnen.

    2000 Leute campen hier im Dezember. Jetzt um die 100! 😃 In der Sauna sind wir meist so 3-5 Leute, in der Highseason sollen es 35 sein. Keine Ahnung wo die hinpassen sollen. 😂

    Das erste Mal grillen in Neuseeland. Sven kam beim Einkaufen nicht am Dry aged Steak vorbei. 🤤 Wenn schon Fleisch dann so leckeres. 👍 Mega lecker.
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  • Day78

    Off to the South Island

    February 26, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    It has been quite the interesting day with several quirky happenings.

    First of all, I sat on a chair at the Dwellington and it broke and I went through the seat, partway. Goldilocks with more silver than golden hair! It was so funny. Thank heavens, I didn’t get hurt at all. Maybe my pride a bit. No photo taken, thank heavens. Haha.

    We packed up our car and drove a short distance to the Interislander ferry terminal. Our 8:45 a.m. booking to the South Island was made by the Apex car rental company months ago so all went very easily.

    The weather was perfect for a 3 1/2 hour trip across the Cook Strait. The sun was shining and the sea was calm. The views as we went through the Queen Charlotte Sound were awesome.

    The ferry unloaded in Picton at 12:15 p.m. We didn’t spend any time in this town this time, as we will be there once again at the end of March.

    Our easy drive to Mapua, our first spot to stay on the North Island, took about 2 1/2 hours. We drove through the town of Havelock and stopped in Nelson which has the reputation of being the sunniest place in New Zealand. We really liked this small city (pop. 45,000) and would like to revisit it in the next few days. Nelson is beautiful small city with around 45,000 citizens. It's located on top tof the South Island and apparently is a great place to live. The nickname "Sunny Nelson" is earned because it gets around 2,500h of sunshine per year. Guelph gets around 1,948 hours.

    We also stopped for lunch at Pelorus Bridge which was used as one of the film locations for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - the barrel scene.

    We arrived at our Air BnB at around 5 p.m. we had picked up a Greek salad and some roasted chicken so made a good salad for dinner. I put our dishes on the table and we didn’t notice that the hostess’ pet chicken, Pecker, had jumped on the table and was eating Chris’ salad! What a laugh we had thinking about a chicken eating a salad made with chicken.

    We shooed her away, after she stepped into the salad, and when we turned our backs again, one of the hostess’ five Ragdoll cats was sitting in my chair and eyeing my chicken!

    This place is very beautiful though and full of animals and birds. We are very pleased that we are spending 5 nights in this lovely spot.
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  • Day79

    Mapua Harbour and Orcas

    February 27, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We are staying in an Air BnB house on a high hill with incredible layered views of rolling hills with trees, the ocean and then mountains with clouds in the distance.

    The lady who owns this wonderful house rents out the two inside bedrooms and a bach (granny flat). She sleeps in a large trailer that is parked outside when the rooms are all taken. The guests have complete run of her house, inside and out. When we arrived there was another couple from Estonia and a woman from England, who were travelling around NZ.

    Usually, we like to prepare our own meals from items we carry in our cooler or shopping basket. Today, our larder looked a little low so we popped into Mapua Harbour, the little town nearby to do some food shopping.

    We didn’t expect to find such a cute little place with its pretty views. We left the food shopping until the end of our visit.

    The first sign that we saw was advertising the Serious Straws hat and cap store. It looked interesting so we went in. They specialize in making “fine quality straw, raffia, paper and palm hats that are both durable and provide good sun protection”. They have hundreds of colourful sun hats of all different shapes and sizes, but how many hats can one have? Fun looking around the store though.

    We walked further into the tiny village and saw visitors eating breakfast and drinking coffee in cafes close to the Mapua Wharf. Such a peaceful scene.

    At one time though, this was the location of a wharf that was used as an exporting point for apples, strawberries, and flax and it shaped the development of the town. The old sheds have been fixed up and transformed into little specialty shops. The wharf, that now has a reputation for family fun, is still busy but in a very different way.

    We went into a small Marine Museum filled with old photos and found it hard to imagine that this area had been such a busy commercial centre.

    On exiting the museum, we noticed 2 dark fins in the water close to the dock we were on. Orcas! A mom and her baby! Such an exciting moment, followed by many more moments as the orcas surfaced and disappeared. Then two more killer whales appeared right at the edge of where we were standing. Two meters away. Yikes! Apparently they were hunting for stingrays which is like a bit of a chocolate treat for them.

    Well, our food shopping excursion turned into something a lot more fun. Once the adrenaline rush dissipated, it didn’t take much thought to just stay where we were in the sun and eat a fresh fish and chips lunch at the Smokehouse. Food shopping came later...
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  • Day81

    Taking it Easy

    February 29, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today is Saturday. As we had some catching up to do, some bookings to arrange and just wanted to chill a bit, we started the day by going back to Nelson to visit it’s Saturday Market. It is well-known as a showcase for the arts, crafts and produce of the Nelson region. As we wandered around we saw pottery, woodware, jewellery, homewares, clothing and foods. On top of those things, the market had a wide variety of food carts, making it a wonderful place for locals to meet friends and share brunch or lunch before or after a visit to the market. There were a lot of tourists there also.

    At 2 p.m., we returned to our BnB and had a little walkabout around Dawn’s ‘farm’. Dawn is quite the lady. She can do and does do everything around the farm. It is in a lovely location overlooking mountains and the Tasman Bay. The farmlet (4 acres) with its gardens, ponds, native bush and birds is on top of a high hill and is filled with quite a menagerie of animals - sweet rag doll cats, alpacas, chickens and ducks.

    Dawn jumped on her digger and started pulling out a tree that is too close to her henhouse. Chris went to help her take away some of the brush. I would imagine that there is no end to the projects that Dawn wants to do! A garden here, a cleaning there, a path here and a sitting area over there. She has the energy and loves sharing her beautiful place with others. We would not hesitate to stay at Tumbleweed Downs in Mapua if we ever return to New Zealand.
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  • Day83

    Dawn’s Homemade Sourdough Bread Recipe

    March 2, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Michelle, a sweet lady from the U.K., Chris and I loved Dawn’s sourdough bread so here is the recipe that she kindly shared:


    1/2 c sourdough starter
    2 c (unchlorinated) water
    3 1/2 c whole meal or stoneground flour
    1 tsp natural sea salt (not iodized)
    1/4 c sesame seeds
    1/4 c pumpkin seeds
    1/4 c sunflower seeds
    1 tsp molasses


    Pour 1 c water in large mixing bowl
    Add 1/2 c sourdough starter
    Add 1 tsp molasses. Whisk together.
    Add 3 1/2 c whole meal flour
    1 tsp salt
    !/4 c each of seeds. Mix.
    Then 1 more c of water. Mix into a dough and placed in a greased loaf tin.
    Leave to rise overnight. Cover with tea towel.
    Bake in oven 180C. For 50 to 55 minutes.
    Cool on rack. Wrap in tin foil.
    Can slice and freeze.

    Add raisins, dates, fruits, etc.

    Care of Sourdough Starter

    Once a day add equal parts of flour and water (+mix 1/3 c each)
    Cover and leave on counter.
    Use excess for pancakes, waffles and muffins.
    If not needed, place in fridge and feed once a week. When needed put on counter to ‘wake up’ and feed. Use 8 hours later.
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  • Day19

    Rabbit Island

    October 15, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Heute Nachmittag haben wir noch einen Ausflug mit unserem "neuen Auto" gemacht.

    Ich bin so froh, dass mich Daniel überredet hat. Denn es wurde ein richtig schöner Nachmittag.
    Wir sind nach Rabbit Island gefahren, das liegt ca. 25 Minuten von Nelson entfernt. Dort waren wir ganz allein am wunderschönen Strand. Während unseres Spaziergangs ging hinter den Bergen langsam die Sonne unter😍.

    Als wir gerade wieder in Richtung Auto gehen wollten, kam ein Mann auf uns zu und fragte, ob wir auf der Insel übernachten wollten? Es war der Park Ranger, der fünf Minuten später das Tor zur Insel schließen wollte😳🤭
    Ups! Das war gerade nochmal gut gegangen.

    Auf dem Rückweg sind wir dann einfach noch bei Martha's Camp vorbeigefahren, denn es war ganz in der Nähe.
    Wir haben aber nur geguckt und sind nicht rein gegangen.
    Das Camp liegt total idyllisch zwischen saftig grünen Hügeln, da wo sich Schafe und Kühe (oder Hobbits 😉) "gute Nacht" sagen.

    Genau so stellt man sich Neuseeland vor!
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  • Day16

    She did it again!

    February 12, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Ännu en gång har Gun-Britt lyckats övervinna sina rädslor! Men vi tar det från början. Efter en tidig start på dagen kom vi till Northwest Adventures och checkade in för ett 3 timmars grott-äventyr. Turen innefattade både en hike i regnskogen, en kort tågfärd uppför berget och en äventyrsvandring ner i en grotta som upptäcktes på 60-talet.

    Till skillnad från alla andra grottor vi besökt, var denna i ”originalskick” dvs ingen turistanpassning alls. Vi fick krypa, klämma och jobba ordentligt för att komma in. Gun-Britts skräck låg dock inte så mycket i att krypa in i en mörk grotta utan mer i att ta sig över hängbron på vägen dit!
    Men det gick! Höjdrädslan lyckades hon bemästra och även att gå på en gungande hängbro!
    Svårt att säga vem som var mest stolt av oss två!

    Vi tog oss in ca en kilometer i grottan och besökte olika nivåer. Överallt fanns det stalaktiter och andra kalkformationer som regndroppar har skapat under 100-tusentals år. Så vackert!

    I en annan del av grottan fanns det ”Glowworms”, en typ av lysmask som spinner hängande trådar för att därefter med en ljusglimt locka dit insekter att äta.

    Det tog ordentligt på krafterna att ta sig runt. Ibland gick det att gå rak, men ofta blev det att gå dubbelvikt fram. Extra svårt var det eftersom vi inte fick stödja oss eller röra vid väggarna av Limestone. Det skulle kunna skada grottans kalkformationer.
    Hjälmen vi fick låna var ett måste, men den luktade vidrigt! Förmodligen gammal svett och fukt i kombination!

    Efter det spännande grottäventyret körde vi vidare norrut och avslutade dagen på en mysig badort som heter Mapua. Där checkade vi in på ett litet B&B och gick ned på den pyttelilla marinan för en god middag.

    Tydligen har man vissa problem med toaletterna på stället där vi samlades inför grottvandringen! Det finns ju många som besöker Nya Zeeland och vissa är tydligen vana vid ”hål i golvet”. (Se bild)

    I morgon väntar en dag på havet!
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  • Day95

    Geburtstag/Back in Nelson

    December 30, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Am Morgen durfte ich im Bett liegen bleiben und hinter dem Vorhang wurde ordentlich gewerkelt. Bis Martha das Signal gab. Dann bekam ich ein ganz tolles selbst geschriebenes Gedicht von den Kindern vorgetragen. Auch an einen Blumenstrauß hatten sie gedacht. Und der war auch noch selbst gepflückt. Mehr Geschenke brauche ich eigentlich nicht! Aber es gab noch einen sehr schönen Geburtstagstisch. Vielen Dank 😘
    Auch das leckere gemeinsame Frühstück war richtig schön. Von Nico gab es dann sogar noch ein Ständchen auf der Gitarre. Echt toll !!
    Nachdem wir dann den Campingplatz verlassen hatten machten wir noch einen Abstecher an den Strand von Rabbit Island, das ist kurz vor Nelson. Ich wollte so gerne an meinem Geburtstag im Meer baden. Es war super und auch viel wärmer als erwartet. Am 30. Dezember im Meer schwimmen ist schon ein super Gefühl.

    Am Nachmittag kamen wir dann in Nelson an und waren bei einem einem Türken richtig lecker essen.
    Auch mit unserem Stellplatz für die nächsten zwei Nächte hatten wir wieder richtig Glück. Wir hatten eine super Sicht auf den Beach.

    Eine wirklich schöner Geburtstag 🤩
    (ich würde gerne häufiger im Sommer
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