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  • Day12

    Bye Bye Wilderness & Comforts of Home

    July 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    Today we woke to sounds of a heavy freight train roaring past our van! Our final freedom campsite in Arthur’s Pass was unfortunately situated across the road from the main train line that wound through the mountains. But still, the amazing forest around us and gentle patter of rain on the roof was amazing! Could get used to waking up like this every day. But sadly our time in our home on wheels was coming to an end. Today was the day we had to hand back the keys.😩 But, we still had a few hours before we had to do that!

    We got up, did our usual morning routines and headed back up the mountains of Arthur’s Pass toward the incredible bridge of “Death’s Corner” stopping for coffee at the collage on our way. Deaths Corner road bridge spanned through the huge gorge at a very impressive angle. We got the classic shot of this bridge, James got attacked by a Kea bird, and we headed on back down the pass.

    Luke and Nay had given us a list of cool things to check out on our way back to Christchurch. This included the amazing Cave Stream, a long cave with a flowing river running through it. You could actually walk from one end to the other if you were keen enough to get wet. We, however, were not, so we pressed on!

    We were racing against the clock to get back to Christchurch with enough time to sort out the vans before dropping them back, so we had to admire Luke’s next suggestion of the Castle Hill Rocks from the car as we flew by at 100kmph. We did, however, pull over for one last stop before town... The Famous Sheffield Pie Shop... how could we not?!
    Pies on board (including some frozen ones for Luke & Nay) we made tracks for Christchurch.

    We arrived back at Luke & Nay’s and it was time to put our houses (on wheels) in order. We didn’t realise how much stuff we’d brought before we started stuffing it back into suitcases. It was a wild 20 minutes of packing and unloading before we headed back out to pump, dumped, and refuel one last time.
    It wasn’t long before we rolled our relatively tidy vans back into the Wilderness depot. It was sadly time to say goodbye to our beautiful vans! They did their final checks, we did our surveys and then they shouted us a taxi back to the house. Until next time Wilderness. 👌🏻

    We grabbed coffee at the local shops before settling in at the house. We commented on the spacious lounge room and how nice it was after a couple of weeks in the close quarters of the van. We stretched out and relaxed while we waiting for Luke & Nay to get home from work. It was great to see them again when they did get home. They whipped up some delicious wild venison and veggie burgers, coupled with a nice bottle of red, and followed by some amazing chocolate mousse. What a treat!
    Wasn’t long before we’d had our catch ups, drunk our late night cups of tea and all disappeared to bed.

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s adventures with our local tour guides but for now, it’s time to soak up the comforts of a warm, spacious, and stationary home 😊😴
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  • Day13

    Baked Beans & an Italian Stallion

    July 13, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 1 °C

    We spent the night on a comfy air mattress in Luke & Nay's cosy lounge room last night. We woke to the hustling and bustling of Lukey in the kitchen, whipping up his famous baked beans (famous?). I got up and started brewing a bit of coffee as slowly, one by one everyone else walked bleary eyed into he kitchen. Jo shocked us all by showing face in the kitchen quite early before we realised she was just passing through to get back to her bed from the bathroom! 😂

    But soon the smell of Luke's beans and the rest of his yummy breakfast lured her back in. We feasted on a delicious gourmet brekky before getting ready for the day. Firstly we had to sort out another set of wheels. We hired a rental car online before Luke dropped us to pick it up. We had a great chat to the car rental ladies before setting off to pick up the girls.

    We loaded the girls and Hudson into the cars and we were off on the road once again. We were aiming for the amazing Hanmer Springs. About 1.5 hours later we arrived in the beautiful old town at the base of the mountain ranges, just North-West of Christchurch. Luke and Nay were dying to take us on a a pretty big hike, but Luke, previously reading about the events which took place at the Fox Glacier, decided against it. It was in the best interest of us all. 😂

    We did however tackle a substantial hill climb when we arrived in Hanmer Springs. We set off up Conical Hill, an amazing track that wound up the mountain through incredible pine forests. Luke managed to steal the good camera off James to try re-ignite his old photography skills, much to James' dismay he had to go without taking a photo for some time while we climbed. We managed the trek with ease and the view at the top paid of. We could see all over Hanmer Springs and then back over toward the snow capped ranges behind us. We never grow tired of these incredible views here!

    After several attempts at a group photo it was back down to town to explore and find coffee. Unfortunately due to a bit of a late start to the day we were racing the sun and had to head back to Christchurch. We would have spent much more time in Hanmer Springs if we had the time but perhaps next time.

    We made it back to Christchurch and relaxing for a bit before heading out to dinner just down he road. Luke & Nay had booked a table at an amazing Italian restaurant just new there house. We walked in and instantly felt like we were in another country. The hustle and bustle of happy diners greeted us as well as a large Italian man who threw his hands in the air in greeting "Ciao Bella!" We were directed to our table and continued to be entertained but this character of a man. Hudson seemed to attract bit of attention from waiters and diners alike, making us the centre of attention int he restaurant.😂 We ordered some incredible authentic food and James & Jess reminisced to the days they visited Italy. Our Italian stallion friend was never faraway with a new cheeky comment about how the ladies loved his thick accent, much to the girls delight!

    We spent the night feasting on delicious food and wine, catching up, and enjoying the odd but hilarious interruptions from our larger than life friend. With full bellies and content hearts we walked back to the house to relax in front of the warm fire and sip on cups of tea before bed.

    Tomorrow our personal tour guides are taking us to some farmers markets and showing us around Akoroa, but for now it's time to sleep away this Italian food.

    (More photos to come)
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  • Day69

    Day 69/72: packing up

    January 4, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Today was a day of packing and relaxing. We went out into Christchurch in the morning to have a look around and get something to eat so that we didn't have to cook that night. It's a very modern city, put back together after the earthquake, and everything was very clean. It was a fine city, not the best we've been to but it had a really nice river. We went and had some pasta lunch, and Tom got a haircut as no where was going to be open on Sunday in Auckland.

    That afternoon we stayed at the campervan park and packed up. It was amazing just how much stuff we'd managed to collect over the 6 weeks we'd been in New Zealand! We barely managed to get everything in, it was a proper squeeze. Tom had to throw away his old running shoes (he couldn't wear then anymore anyway) but managed to stuff the little Christmas tree in instead, a questionable choice. Our walking boots were to be worn to the airport and it'd look like we'd be wrapped up for winter with the amount of clothes we were going to wear on the plane!

    It was really sad having to pack it all up, but finally we had everything in, and celebrated with the last of the cheese and crackers, some bubbly bought earlier in the trip, and the Christmas pudding that we drowned in cold custard, fantastic!
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  • Day12

    Rund um die Banks Peninsula

    February 14 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    In der Nacht und am Morgen regnete es leicht. Wir machten uns trotzdem auf den Weg zur Banks Halbinsel, die ausserhalb von Christchurch ins Meer hinausragt. Unser Ziel fürs erste war das kleine Küstenstädtchen Akaroa. Dort angekommen, machten wir einen Spaziergang durch das Zentrum. Es ist ziemlich touristisch, aber das bisher charmanteste Städtchen auf unserer Reise, mit seinen farbigen Häuschen im maritimen Stil. Auch die anglikanische Kirche aus Holz mit ihren farbigen Kirchenfenstern gefiel uns sehr gut. Nach dem Mittagessen führte unser Weg noch auf die andere Hafen-Seite zum kleinen Museum, wo wir Wissenswertes zur Zucht und Herstellung von blauen Perlen erfuhren und zum alten Leuchtturm von Akaroa, wo wir nebst der Besteigung ebenfalls noch Interessantes erfuhren. Auf unserem Rückweg wollten wir über die Summit Road, eine Panorama-Strasse mit eigentlich fantastischer Aussicht über die ganze Bucht fahren. Leider war es heute ziemlich bewölkt und oben in den Hügeln so neblig, dass wir von der Aussicht nicht viel hatten. Dominic suchte via Google Maps eine Route heraus, so dass wir bis fast nach Christchurch, z.T. auf schmalen Kiesstrassen der Küste entlang fahren konnten. In Lyttelton machten wir noch einen kurzen Halt beim Frachthafen, wo Unmengen an Holz auf sene Verschiffung nach China warten (laut Othmar geht alles neuseeländische Holz nach China).Read more

  • Day15

    last day in New Zealand

    January 23, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Leider vergingen die Tage hier sehr schnell. 🧐 Die Zeit, die erlebten Tage hier in Neuseeland 🇳🇿 nochmal im Kopf Revue passieren zu lassen, habe ich noch auf den langen Heimflug zurück nach Deutschland 🇩🇪.
    Die Reise fand genau zum richtigen Zeitpunkt statt! Auf unserer gewählte Reiserichtung, vom Nordland über die Ostküste zum Südland und danach vom Südland über die Westküste zur Ostküste, begleitete uns die Sonne und das sehr gute Wetter jeden Tag. Ich hatte dementsprechend nur ein paar Stunden festes Schuhwerk an, da es so warm war, dass „Flipflops“ völlig ausreichten. Ganz nach dem Motto „live the kiwiway of life“, Neuseeländer tragen fast alle dieses lockere Schuhwerk. Werner, unser Reiseleiter, berichtet uns immer wieder, dass wir Glück mit dem Wetter haben, denn es regnete dort, wo wir einst ein paar Tage zu vor waren 🍀.
    Ich denke ich habe alles gesehen, was ich mir für diese erste Reise in so einem großen Land vorgenommen hatte.

    Da gab es:
    Auckland mit seinem Skytower,
    das Cape Reinga mit seinem Leuchtturm,
    die malerischen Buchten und Strände, an denen sich keine Menschenseele befand,
    die Hauptstadt Wellington, in der ich zum ersten Mal einen Kiwi sah,
    der Fährhafen Picton, wo wir mit tausenden Quallen (Jellyfish) schwammen,
    Kaikoura mit seinen Pottwalen und Schwarzdelphinen, die so nah kamen, das man sie fast berühren konnte,
    das verrückte Queenstown, die Stadt des Bungeejumpings und der Adrenalinkicks
    der wunderschöne Milford Sound und
    die beiden Gletscher Franz Josef und Fox, auf denen ich mit einem Helikopter landete.

    Ich bin sehr dankbar dafür diese ganzen „erste Mal“-Erfahrungen erleben zu dürfen. Neuseeland ist die lange Anreise mehr als nur wert.
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