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  • Day17

    Stewart Island Day 2

    December 29, 2018 in New Zealand โ‹… ๐ŸŒง 19 ยฐC

    Hired electric bikes and rode out to Lee Bay which is the start of the national park. Joined the Rakiura Track for 30min walk to Small River and spent some time exploring the beach.

    Lunch back in Oban and then on the bikes to Ackers Point. Then over to Golden Bay for a swim.

    In the evening we went looking for Kiwi and had an amazing experience when two came hurtling through the bush chasing one another. They stopped by us and walked between our legs, pecking at shoes and socks before heading on back into the undergrowth. Heading back to the Hostel we saw another along the road.Read more

  • Day15

    Stewart Island Day 1

    December 27, 2018 in New Zealand โ‹… โ›… 14 ยฐC

    Arrived at Bluff at 8.30am to catch the ferry to Stewart Island. Whilst waiting to see if we can get a seat on the 9.45am crossing I went to get coffee and tea from the local cafe and was treated to a museum tour and cinema experience of Aurora Australis whilst waiting - only in NZ!

    We managed to get on the 9.45am boat and with a strong breeze and good swell we had a roller coaster of a ride, arriving at Oban around 1 hour later. After collecting our bags we headed straight for the hotel bar for a ginger beer to settle our stomachs.

    Having re gained our land legs we checked into SI Backpackers and pitched our tents on the lawn. Time to go exploring...

    A short walk over to Bathing Beach to cool off in the water and then an evening walk looking for Kiwis which had been spotted on the path to Bathing Beach a fewnights earlier. We had no luck and with final walk through the bush, along fuchsia walk decided to call it a night.
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  • Day307

    Stewart Island

    April 6 in New Zealand โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 50 ยฐF

    Yesterday's drive was another very beautiful one, with a few stops for pictures along the way. Our ferry to Stewart Island departed at 17:15, and we made the hour-long crossing without issue.

    About eight of us settled into the hostel and had some dinner. Most of them went for a walk after dark in hope of seeing kiwis. I stayed in with my book since I'll be here for four nights.

    This morning I finished my book, then made a warm lunch, which will double as dinner later. Now, I'm about to start another book. My left sacroiliac joint has been out for a few days and it's taking a toll on my hip. I was planning on taking a walk in the many trails today, but no way. Man, do I miss the chiropractor.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. โœŒ๏ธ
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  • Day95

    Stewart Island

    April 7 in New Zealand โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 13 ยฐC

    Neuesseland hat eine weitere kleine bewohnte Insel. Ganz im Süden, unter der Südinsel liegt sie. Stewart Island. Südlicher liegt nur noch die Antakrtis.

    Es wohnen nicht viele Menschen dort da 96,4% unter Naturschutz steht. In dem kleinen Dorf Oban war ich zwei Nächte. Etwa 600 Einwohner zählt das Dorf. Unglaublich freundliche Menschen.

    Außerdem ist dort die Wahrscheinlichkeit einen freilebenden Kiwi zu sehen am höchsten. Ich habe nicht einen gesehen. Sondern gleich drei! Und das gleich in der erste Nacht.
    Eigentlich sind wir los und wollten unser Glück mit den Südpolarlichtern versuchen, doch daraus wurde nichts. Also haben wir den unglaublichen Sternenhimmel angeschaut und sind zu Wald gelaufen. Mit Rotlicht-Taschenlampe, da sich die Kiwis (Nachtaktiv) vor dem hellen schein einer Taschenlampe fürchten.

    Fotos waren auf Grund zu wenig Licht und zu schnellen Kiwis leider nicht möglich. Wir hatten echt Glück.
    Dort hatte ich auch die kältesten Tage bisher. 7 Grad in der Nacht. 14 am Tag. Ja es wird Herbst hier.

    Außerdem hab ich mit Jacqueline noch ne Wanderung zur Horseshoe Bay gemacht. Durch Regenwald direkt an der Küste entlang. Wir dachten es wäre ein kurzer Spaziergang. Doch es hat dann doch länger gedauert. Da wir pünktlich zurück sein mussten, da wir die Fähre zur Südinsel bekommen mussten, haben wir zurück getrampt und sind mit einem Fischer zurück ins Dorf gefahren.
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  • Day96

    Ulva Island

    April 8 in New Zealand โ‹… ๐ŸŒ™ 10 ยฐC

    Ein kleiner halb Tagesausflug auf eine kleine Naturinsel. Und da gibt es echt nur Natur. So sah Neuseeland aus bevor es entdeckt wurde. Hunderte Vögel stehen dort unter Naturschutz, genau wie die atemberaubende Pflanzenwelt.
    Leider weiß ich nicht mehr alle Vogelnamen. Allerdings hatten wir einen guten Tag und haben viele gesehen. Auch den Kaka-Papagei, allerdings nicht aufs Foto. Zu schnell für mich.
    Aber andere tolle Vögel und Pflanzen.
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  • Day16

    Travelling to oban

    December 27, 2018 in New Zealand โ‹… โ›… 13 ยฐC

    We travelled to Stewart island today. We drove to bluff to catch the ferry that lucky there was a space on because we couldn't book it due to it being Christmas. The crossing was good fun and on a few waves you could feel the boat fall down the other side as your stomach lifted up. We saw a few mollyhawks which are a type of albatross. When we arrived in oban we had the good idea to stop for lunch less than 10min after getting off the ferry. The hostel was very nice and in the afternoon dad and I did some exploring and went to bathing beach. Dad went for a swim that was apparently pretty chilly. On the way back from the beach we saw a wood pigeon really close up. After dinner ali, dad, mum and I went to look for kiwis but we had no luck.

    Figure 1: me at the back of the boat
    Figure 2: dad, mum and Ali trekking up a hill
    Figure 3: bathing beach
    Figure 4:dad swimming
    Figure 5: wood pigeon
    Figure 6: kiwi sign
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  • Day17

    2nd day in oban

    December 28, 2018 in New Zealand โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 16 ยฐC

    For our full day in Stewart island we hired some electric bikes to get around faster. We first cycled to rakiura track and did the first 20min or so and managed to walk to little river which was a nice beach. We cycled then to ackers point and saw a molly hawk there as well on the rocks. Over the couple of days we 2ere we saw loads of different birds including, kakas, parakeets, tuis and wood pigeons. It had been very hot during the day so we decided to head over to golden bay for a quick dip which was very nice but a bit chilly, the water was incredibly clear. By this point it was almost time to give the bikes back so we headed back to the shes to hand them in. Although we didnt see any kiwis the previous night we decided to go out again and it had been raining which we were told is better for the kiwis so we would be more likely to see them, so we headed out. We headed to the same place as before and almost as soon as we got there we heard an enormous racket as two kiwis thundered through the Bush. I'll be honest I thought it was a dog that was going to burst out and bite me. They sprinted across the path it was quite hard to see them so we justed waited on the track very still. We could hear them eating and scratching around in the Bush. Then they started to come closer to the path and we could see them. We stood very still and quite and they came up onto the path walking slowly and pecked at our shoes for a little while and then they would chase each other off into the Bush and then come back up to us. This happened a few times until they wondered off and we headed back to the hostel pretty spaces out.

    Figure 1: panorama of little river beach
    Figure 2: me infront if the sea
    Figure 3: the kiwi (turn up the brightness)
    Figure 4: horseshoe bay
    Figure 5: golden bay
    Figure 6: oban
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  • Day14

    Rakiura ื˜ืจืง

    February 8, 2017 in New Zealand โ‹… โ›… 21 ยฐC

    ืฉื•ื‘ ื ืขืœืžื ื• ืœื›ื ืœื›ืžื” ื™ืžื™ื ื•ื—ื–ืจื ื• ืขื ื—ื•ื•ื™ื•ืช!

    ืื ื™ ืื’ืฉ ื™ืฉืจ ืœืขื ื™ื™ืŸ: ืœื. ืœื ืจืื™ื ื• ืงื™ื•ื•ื™ื. ืœื ืจืื™ื ื• ืคื™ื ื’ื•ื•ื ื™ื. ืœื ืจืื™ื ื• ื›ืœื‘ื™ ื™ื. ื•ืชืืžื™ื ื• ืœื™, ื–ื” ืœื ืฉืœื ื—ื™ืคืฉื ื•.
    ื›ืœ ื”ื™ืžื™ื ืฉืœ ื”ื˜ืจืง, ืื‘ืœ ื‘ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ ื‘ื™ื•ื ื”ืฉื ื™ ื‘ื• ื”ื‘ื˜ื™ื—ื• ืœื ื• ืฉื™ืฉ ืกื™ื›ื•ื™ ื’ื‘ื•ื” ืœืจืื•ืช ืงื™ื•ื•ื™ื, ื›ืœ ืจื—ืฉ ืื• ืจืฉืจื•ืฉ ืฉืฉืžืขื ื• (ืื• ื“ืžื™ื™ื ื•) ืžื™ื“ ืขืฆืจื ื•, ื”ืฉืชืชืงื ื• ื•ื”ืชื—ืœื ื• ืœื—ืคืฉ ื›ืžื• ืฉืืžืจื ื• ืœื ื• ืœืขืฉื•ืช. ื•ื›ืื™ืœื• ื–ื” ืœื ืžืกืคื™ืง, ื’ื ื ืฉืืจื ื• ืขืจื•ืช ื‘ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ ืขื“ ืžืื•ื—ืจ ื‘ืœื™ืœื” ื”ืจืืฉื•ืŸ ื‘ืชืงื•ื•ื” ืœืจืื•ืช ืืช ื”ืคื™ื ื’ื•ื•ื ื™ื ืขื•ืœื™ื ืœื—ื•ืฃ, ืื•ืžื ื ื–ื›ื™ื ื• ืœืจืื•ืช ืฉืงื™ืขื” ืžืžืฉ ื™ืคื” (ื‘ืชืžื•ื ื” ื”ืฉื ื™ื™ื”) ืื‘ืœ ื”ื™ื•ืช ื•ื‘10 ื‘ืœื™ืœื” ืขื“ื™ื™ืŸ ื”ื™ื” ืื•ืจ ื•ืœื ื”ื™ื• ืคื™ื ื’ื•ื•ื ื™ื, ื•ื•ื™ืชืจื ื•.
    ื”ืขื›ื‘ื™ืฉ ื‘ืชืžื•ื ื” ื”ืื—ืจื•ื ื” ื–ื” ื”ื›ื™ ืงืจื•ื‘ ืœืงื™ื•ื•ื™ ืฉืžืฆืื ื•.

    ื—ื•ืฅ ืžื–ื”, ืืคืฉืจ ืœื•ืžืจ ืฉื”ื™ื” ืžื–ื’ ืื•ื•ื™ืจ ืžืขื ื™ื™ืŸ. ื”ื™ื•ื ื”ืจืืฉื•ืŸ ื”ื™ื” ื“ื™ื™ ื’ืฉื•ื (ืœืžืจื•ืช ืฉืœื ื”ื™ื” ืงืจ ื•ื’ื ื”ื’ืฉื ืœื ื”ื™ื” ืžืžืฉ ื ื•ืจื), ืžื” ืฉื”ื•ื‘ื™ืœ ืœื™ื•ื ืฉื ื™ ื‘ื•ืฆื™ ื‘ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ (ื”ื•ื ืืžื•ืจ ืœื”ื™ื•ืช ื‘ื•ืฆื™ ื’ื ื›ื›ื”, ื“ืžื™ื™ื ื• ืื™ืš ื”ืื“ืžื” ื ืจืื™ืช ืื—ืจื™ ื™ื•ื ื’ืฉื). ื‘ืชืžื•ื ื” ื”ืฉืœื™ืฉื™ืช ืืชื ื™ื›ื•ืœื™ื ืœืจืื•ืช ืžื” ื—ืฉื‘ื ื• ืฉื”ืชื›ื•ื•ื ื• ื›ืฉืืžืจื• 'ื‘ื•ืฆื™', ื‘ืชืžื•ื ื” ืื—ืจื™ ืืชื ื™ื›ื•ืœื™ื ืœืจืื•ืช ืœืžื” ื‘ืืžืช ื”ืชื›ื•ื•ื ื• ื‘'ื‘ื•ืฆื™'. ื–ื” ื ืจืื” ื“ื™ื™ ื ื•ืจื, ืื‘ืœ ื–ื” ื”ื™ื” ื™ื—ืกื™ืช ื‘ืกื“ืจ ื”ื•ื“ื•ืช ืœืžื›ื ืก ืขืžื™ื“ ื”ืžื™ื ื•ื”ื ืขืœื™ื™ื ืฉืœื™ (๐Ÿค—).
    ื”ืกื™ื‘ื” ืฉื›ืœ ื›ืš ื”ืชืœื›ืœื›ื ื• (ืžืขื‘ืจ ืœื–ื” ืฉ-ื›ืŸ, ื”ื™ื” ื‘ื•ืฅ) ื”ื™ื ืฉื›ืฉื”ืกื‘ื™ืจื• ืœื ื• ืขืœ ื”ื˜ืจืง ื‘ื™ืงืฉื• ืžืื™ืชื ื• ื‘ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ ืœืœื›ืช ื‘ืžืจื›ื– ื”ืฉื‘ื™ืœ ื›ืžื” ืฉืืคืฉืจ, ื’ื ื‘ื—ืœืงื™ื ื”ื‘ื•ืฆื™ื™ื, ื›ื™ ืื—ืจืช ื–ื” ืžืจื—ื™ื‘ ืืช ื”ืฉื‘ื™ืœ ื•ื”ื•ืจืก ืื•ืชื•. ื›ืžื• ื™ืœื“ื•ืช ื˜ื•ื‘ื•ืช, ื”ืงืฉื‘ื ื• ื•ื‘ื™ืฆืขื ื•. ืื—ืจื™ ื–ื” ืจืื™ื ื•, ืฉื›ืœ ื”ืžื˜ื™ื™ืœื™ื ื”ื—ืฆื•ืคื™ื ืฉืžืขื™ื–ื™ื ืœืฆื—ื•ืง ืขืœื™ื ื• ืžืจืžื™ื ื•ื”ื•ืœื›ื™ื ื‘ืฆื“.

    ืžื‘ื—ื™ื ืช ื—ื‘ืจื”, ื–ื” ื”ื™ื” ื˜ืจืง ื”ืจื‘ื” ื™ื•ืชืจ ืขืžื•ืก ืžื”ื˜ืจืง ื”ืงื•ื“ื (ื”ื‘ืงืชื•ืช ื‘ืืžืช ื”ื’ื™ืขื• ืœืชืคื•ืกื” ืžืœืื”). ื•ื–ื” ื”ื™ื” ื’ื ืจืข ืžืื•ื“ ื•ื’ื ื˜ื•ื‘ ืžืื•ื“.
    ื ืชื—ื™ืœ ื‘ื—ื™ื“ื”:
    ื›ืฉืขืœื™ื ื• ืœืžืขื‘ื•ืจืช ืœืื™, ื‘ื™ื•ื ื”ืจืืฉื•ืŸ, ืจืื™ื ื• ื›ืžื” ืื ืฉื™ื ืฉื‘ืœื˜ื• ื‘ืžื™ื•ื—ื“: ื–ื•ื’ ื™ืฉืจืืœื™ื•ืช ืขื ืชืจืžื™ืœื™ื ื’ื“ื•ืœื™ื ื•ื ืขืœื™ ื”ืœื™ื›ื”, ื–ื•ื’ ืกื™ื ื™ื ืขื ืชืจืžื™ืœื™ื ื’ื“ื•ืœื™ื, ื’'ื™ื ืก ื•ืžื’ืคื™ ืคืœืกื˜ื™ืง ื’ื“ื•ืœื™ื ื›ืืœื•, ื–ื•ื’ ืฆืขื™ืจ ื™ื—ืกื™ืช ืฉื ืขืœ ืกื ื™ืงืจืก ื•ืื•ืœืกื˜ืืจ, ื•ื–ื•ื’ ืขื ืชืจืžื™ืœื™ื ื™ื—ืกื™ืช ืงื˜ื ื™ื, ืžื›ื ืก ืงืฆืจ, ื•ื ืขืœื™ ื”ืœื™ื›ื”. ืืช ืžื™ ืžื”ื ืคื’ืฉื ื• ื‘ื˜ืจืง ื•ืžื™ ืœื? ืคืชืจื•ืŸ ื‘ืกื•ืฃ ื”ืคื•ืกื˜!
    ื•ื ื™ื’ืฉ ืœืขื™ืงืจ-
    ื‘ืœื™ืœื” ื”ืจืืฉื•ืŸ, ื”ื™ื• ื›ืžื” ืื ืฉื™ื ื“ื™ื™ ืจื•ืขืฉื™ื ื•ื“ื™ื™ ืžืขืฆื‘ื ื™ื ื•ืœืฆืขืจื ื• ื”ืชื™ื™ืฉื‘ื ื• ืœื™ื“ื ื‘ืฉื•ืœื—ืŸ. ืœื ื”ื™ื” ืžื”ื ื” ื‘ืžื™ื•ื—ื“..
    ื‘ืœื™ืœื” ื”ืฉื ื™ ืคื’ืฉื ื• ืžืœื ืื ืฉื™ื ืžืžืฉ ืžืขื ื™ื™ื ื™ื ื•ื ื—ืžื“ื™ื! ืคื’ืฉื ื• ืืช ื”ื™ืฉืจืืœื™ื•ืช ืฉื”ื™ื• ืžืงืกื™ืžื•ืช ื•ื˜ื™ื™ืœื• ื›ื‘ืจ ื—ื•ื“ืฉ+ ื‘ื ื™ื• ื–ื™ืœื ื“ ื•ื ืชื ื• ืœื ื• ืขืฆื•ืช, ืคื’ืฉื ื• ื’ืจืžื ื™ ืฉื”ื’ื™ืข ืœืื•ืกื˜ืจืœื™ื” ื‘ืกืคื™ื ื” ืฆืจืคืชื™ืช ื›ื“ื™ ืœื”ื’ืฉื™ื ื—ืœื•ื ื™ืœื“ื•ืช ื•ืžืฉื ื”ืžืฉื™ืš ืœื ื™ื• ื–ื™ืœื ื“, ืขื•ื“ ืžื™ืฉื”ื™ ืžืื ื’ืœื™ื”, ื•ืื—ืช ืžื’ืจืžื ื™ื” ื•ืžื™ืฉื”ื• ืžื”ื•ืœื ื“ ืฉื”ื™ื• ื ื—ืžื“ื™ื. ืื›ืœื ื• ื•ืฉื™ื—ืงื ื• ืื™ืชื ื•ื”ืขืจื‘ ืขื‘ืจ ืžืžืฉ ืžื”ืจ! ื”ืฆืœื—ื” ืžืกื—ืจืจืช ืœืขื•ืžืช ื”ื™ื•ื ื”ืงื•ื“ื.

    ืคืชืจื•ืŸ ื”ื—ื™ื“ื”: ืืช ื›ื•ืœื. ื›ื•ืœืœ ื”ื‘ื—ื•ืจ ืขื ื”ืื•ืœืกื˜ืจ. ื›ืŸ. ื’ื ื”ื•ื ืขื‘ืจ ื‘ื‘ื•ืฅ. ืœื. ื”ื ืขืœื™ื™ื ืฉืœื• ืœื ืฉืจื“ื• ืืช ื–ื”.

    ืžืฉื ื”ืžืฉื›ื ื• ื‘ื™ื•ื ื”ืื—ืจื•ืŸ ื•ื”ืงืฆืจ ื—ื–ืจื” ืœืžืขื‘ื•ืจืช ื•ืงื™ื ื—ื ื• ื‘ื”ืžื‘ื•ืจื’ืจ ๐Ÿ˜Š

    ืื’ื‘, ืœื›ืœ ืžื™ ืฉืชื•ื”ื” ืœืžื” ืื ื—ื ื• ืœื ืžืขืœื•ืช ื™ื•ืชืจ ืชืžื•ื ื•ืช - ื™ืฉ ืžื’ื‘ืœื” ืฉืœ 6 ืชืžื•ื ื•ืช ืœืคื•ืกื˜, ืื– ืืชื ืžืงื‘ืœื™ื ืจืง ืืช ื”ืชืžื•ื ื•ืช ื”ื ื‘ื—ืจื•ืช
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  • Day51

    Stewart island 18.-21.12.

    December 18, 2016 in New Zealand โ‹… ๐ŸŒฌ 13 ยฐC

    Willmer de Flug chli günstiger becho hend hemmer eus beschlosse uf Stewart island z'flüüge. De Flug isch recht holprig gsi und de Jan isch zwüscheziitlich chli bleich worde๐Ÿ˜‚.

    Nachdemmer i eusem mega gmüetliche Hostel achoo sind hemmer de Namitag nochli Dihei gnosse. Am Abig spat simmer denn ufs nöche Rugbyfeld, wills gheisse hett det gsehtmer no öppedie wildi Kiwis. Und tatsächlich hemmer denn zwei gseh. ๐ŸŽ‰ de eint hett öppe 30cm vor eusne Füess aghalte und agfange esse๐Ÿ˜Ž.
    De einti Kiwi wo chli verschrocke isch vor anderne Lüt isch i paar Sekunde übers ganze Feld graast. Sind aso cheibe schnell die Vögeli.


    Because we got a discount we flew to Stewart island instead of taking the ferry on the rough sea!
    It was quite funny and bumpy... Do you know the feeling when falling down and feeling weightless? Kind of like a rollercoaster.
    We felt it almost every 5seconds ๐Ÿ˜… what a funny flight! (especially for Jan, he lost his skin colour and turned white during the flight - but he was still smiling ๐Ÿ˜…)

    After surviving the 20min flight we went to our hostel to chill out 'till it gets dark to go kiwispotting.
    Indeed we saw two kiwis running around and feeding on the rugby field!! (it was to dark to take pictures...) one came straight towards us and was 30cm away in the end!! They look even funnier than we imagined ๐Ÿ˜Š

    There's a friendly Robin and a Weka, wich cannot fly on the picture
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  • Day52

    Seeing the Blue Penguins again...

    December 19, 2016 in New Zealand โ‹… ๐ŸŒฌ 11 ยฐC

    Nebst am Kiwi spotting simmer uf Stewart Island no go laufe und uf Ulva Island (e Insle wo vollständig befreit isch vo igschleppte Ratte, Marder etc.) d'Vogelwelt det blüet wieder richtig uf mir hend Vögel gseh wo mal fast uusgstorbe gsi sind๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

    Amene Abig simmer no go Pinguin luege, dasmal hemmer sogar chönne Föteli mache!!


    Besides the Kiwis we also saw alot of other special birds. Some almost extict species wich only live on predator free islands in New Zealand. We saw them on Ulva island, a small island in a bay of Stuart island.

    In the evening we went to the jetty to watch the little blue penguins come back ashore from a day at sea.

    1 Kaka
    2 Tui
    3 new zealand Pigeon (very clumsy)
    4 Tomtit
    5 Saddleback
    6 little blue penguin
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