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  • Day25

    Fun & Beer in Taupo

    October 26, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Wichtiges vorne weg: Sorry das man so lange nichts gehört hat. Wir waren entweder im tiefen Nichts oder so sehr am die Zeit genießen das es etwas untergegangen ist einen Beitrag zu schreiben *grins*
    Aber wir versprechen Besserung :) deshalb heute gleich der zweiter hinterher.

    Vom East Cape sind wir mit einem Zwischenstopp in Whakatane nach Taupo gefahren. Zum ersten Mal seit wir hier sind, haben wir einen Hitchhiker aufgesammelt und ihn die letzten paar km nach Taupo mitgenommen. Irre netter Kerl aus den Niederlanden & man stellt fast das man mit seinen Problemchen im Leben auch in anderen Ländern nicht allein ist. :)

    Ziel in Taupo war das Alpin Crossing im Tongarironationalpark. Leider, da es dieses Jahr so viel Schnee dort gab, konnten wir die Wanderung nicht antreten... traurig. Schon wieder hat uns das Wetter einen Streich gespielt.
    ABER... wir haben etwas viel lustigeres gemacht... wir waren raften! Anstelle der Buchung für das Crossing haben wir mit einer Gruppe Mädls die wir kennengelernt haben die Rafting Tour für den nächsten Tag gebucht.
    Zusammen mit ihnen, dem netten Niederländer und ein paar weiteren netten Leuten aus der ganzen Welt haben wir den Abend bei Bier und Rugby (natürlich Rugby was auch sonst) ausklingen lassen.

    Um 11 am nächsten morgen wurden wir von einem freundlichen Herren, den man durch seinen Akzent kaum verstanden hat, abgeholt. Ca. eine Stunde später standen wir umgezogen, in quietschigen Neonanzügen und etwas unsexy Helmen am Rand des Tongariro Rivers, bereit zum ablegen. Es war geil, nass & arschkalt! Wir dachten ja man wird nicht sooo nass, aber mitten in der Tour wurde uns dann offenbart das wir von der Klippe direkt voraus lag einen Sprung wagen durften. Klaaaar haben wir das gemacht.

    Zurück, durchgefrohren aber glücklich haben wir uns entschieden noch zu einer der heißen Quellen in Taupo zu fahren um uns in den 40Grad etwas aufzuwärmen. Aaah tat das gut.
    Wir hatten uns am Vortag schon entschieden eine Nacht länger in Taupo zu bleiben, weil die Stadt einfach Zucker ist & es sich zum Wochenende endlich mal angeboten hat etwas unter die Leute zu gehn. Deshalb haben wir uns eine Nacht im Hostel mitten in der Stadt gegönnt, um das auch richtig auszukosten. Mitten in der Nacht und nach ein paar Bier & toller Musik sind dann endlich ins Bett gefallen.

    So endeten ein paar der schönsten Tage hier in Neuseeland. Mit coolen Leuten und tollen Erlebnissen.
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  • Day9

    Napier und Lake Taupo

    January 5, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Heute sind wir weiter nach Napier gefahren, eine wunderschöne Stadt, die nach einem verheerenden Erdbeben komplett neu im Art Déco Stil wieder aufgebaut wurde. Nach einem kleinen Päuschen am schwarzen Steinstrand haben sich Antji und ich an die Besteigung des Bluff Hills gemacht um dort die schöne Aussicht zu genießen. Nachmittags haben wir uns dann auf den Weg zum Lake Taupo gemacht und haben eine sehr schöne aber windige Stelle zum Übernachten gefunden, an der wir durch Zufall Reisebakanntschaften von Antji und Daniel getroffen haben. Darauf wurde dann erst mal angestoßen😂Read more

  • Day113

    Day 38 of lockdown

    May 2, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Ashleigh asked me to cut his hair this morning. Never done if before but thought I'd give it a go! See pictures below of before and after. I cut a bit too much behind his ear 😂 but other than that I didn't think it was too bad for my first attempt.

    We went for a walk by the lake in the afternoon. I checked my bank account and we've been paid a wage subsidy from the NZ government which we did not expect! :) we will use the money when we travel the south island. I feel we didn't deserve that money but I feel a bit better that we will spend it travelling the south island so the money will be going to NZ tourism.
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  • Day142

    Last night in Taupo

    May 31, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Today we spent the day packing, washing and cleaning. In the evening we went out for a meal at Lakehouse with Conny, Timo, Clare and the kids. I had a pulled pork burger it was so yummy! Followed by a chocolate fondue which we all shared.Read more

  • Day121

    Day 46 of lockdown

    May 10, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    This morning I woke up early to video call my friend Rachel. It was so lovely to see you and catch up! And know that you are safe and well :)

    Didn't take any picture's because the weather wasn't great today. We find out tomorrow if we go to level 2 🤞Read more

  • Day126

    First beers out in 7 weeks! & Shopping

    May 15, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    This afternoon we had a look around the shops. Ashleigh bought a new hoodie as he ripped his one before when he fell off his bike. I got a thin hooded jacket from Kathmandu in the sale got it for $60 from $149. Its fleece lined and quick drying so thought it would be good for when we go walking on the south island. We went for a walk by the lake late afternoon. We then walked to Lakehouse where conny works for a drink. We had to order food to be able to get a drink (due to level 2 rules) so we just got a bowl of chips. We enjoyed a cold craft beer. It was great to be able to go out for drinks againRead more

  • Day277

    Back on Stray

    March 7, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

    Yesterday, Helen dropped me off so I could catch the Stray bus and head south to Wellington. What's really cool about Stray is that it's not just taking a bus from one place to another. You can do that for about $25 US. Stray takes you places in between.

    Our first stop after leaving Rotarua was to the boiling mud, my third visit and still mesmerizing. Then we stopped in the Kaingaroa Forest, the largest man-made forest in the Southern Hemisphere at 276,000 hectares. Interestingly, Harvard University and a Canadian teachers pension fund own the land. However, New Zealand is trying to return traditional tribal lands back to the Maori, so this tribe will receive 85,000 hectares in 2045.

    We picked up Ena, our 18-year-old Maori tour guide, who has perhaps the bubbliest personality I've ever come across. What a hoot. Anyway, she took us to see the rock carvings in the forest. They date to about 1050 and depict the Moari's Great Migration from Hawaiki, their original homeland now lost from knowlege, to New Zealand, called Aoteorua for the long white cloud in Maori.

    After that, we went to our accommodation, Kohutapu Lodge on Lake Aniwhenua in the very tiny town of Murupara. Some of the group learned then performed the Huka, while I played with the very friendly goat and pig. The owners and their team served us a delicious hungi, traditional Maori meal.

    The next morning was another magnificent sunrise, then we were back on the bus. Our first stop today was to a daycare facility in Murupara, to which we gave the rest of the hungi and interacted with the kids, aged 6 months to 4 years.

    Then, we made a short stop at Huka Falls. Enough water flows to fill five Olympic-sized swimming pools every minute! Cool.

    Now, we're in Taupo for lunch. According to Maori legend, the lake is the heart of the fish that is the North Island. It's NZ's largest lake and was formed by a massive eruption that vaporized the land (a crater lake). Gorgeous.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day103

    What a difference a sunny day makes!

    April 22, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Day 28!

    I woke up feeling a bit more positive. The sky was clear and sunny for the first time in a week and a half! We could see the snow on the mountains for the first time ! Which has been covered by clouds for a while. I started the day with a Bodybalance class. We went for a walk by the lake and relaxed at our favourite spot two mile bay. We were having lunch on the terrace and I heard my name being called! It was Conny and Timo. They were dropping some rubbish off in the large hostel bins. Timo has been clearing out his house. It was lovely to speak to them from a distance (the terrace) they were both feeling a bit fed up recently too. Hopefully we will be able to properly meet up in a week when it's level 3.

    We relaxed on the terrace with a book this afternoon. We went for another walk early evening as the weather was so nice! Didn't end up making Welsh cakes in the end. We don't always stick to the plan. It just helps us be in some sort of routine. We will make them tomorrow.
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  • Day116

    Day 41 of lockdown

    May 5, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Second day in a row of no new cases of coronavirus. Brilliant news! Well done everyone in New Zealand for their great efforts. Will still remain at level 3 of lockdown. We find out on Monday if we go down to level 2 meaning we can travel around New Zealand. Starting to feel a bit more hopeful . There has also been talk about a trans bubble between NZ and Australia. It could take weeks or months. Hope it won't take months.

    In the morning I looked through my new zealand books and brochures to start getting some ideas of what we what to do in the south island. In the evening we treated ourselves to a nice Indian takeaway from suncourt our local takeaway. We had it with a nice cold beer.
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  • Day117

    Day 42 of lockdown

    May 6, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Woke up to a beautiful sunny day today. In the morning we got up early to video call Callum and Crimp. It was lovely to talk and have a catch up.

    We then went for a walk to two mile bay. In the afternoon we relaxed reading. In the evening I video called my mum for a catch up. It was lovely to talk and also to speak to Austin.Read more

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