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  • Day129

    En we zijn in.. Nieuw Zeeland!

    December 24, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Niet alleen een van de mooiste, zo niet het mooiste land ter wereld, maar vooral ook het land waar we Thomas' ouders eindelijk zullen weerzien 😃. Zo lang naar uitgekeken, spanneeeend!! 
    Als we aankomen in ons hotel in Auckland worden we direct verwelkomd door Fons en Marie-José en Luuk die al een vluchtje eerder heeft genomen. Iedereen door het dolle heen, te gek elkaar ineens aan de andere kant van de wereld te treffen na vier maanden! Tegelijkertijd voelt het al heel snel zoals thuis. Super fijn, zo'n warm bad 😊.
    Na een dagje verwennerij in Auckland met als hoogtepunt een etentje in de skytower met een fenomenaal 360 graden uitzicht (die arme stakkers hebben tenslotte zó afgezien de afgelopen maanden 😜), verbazing over de prachtig nette supermarkten die ze hier hebben (een flinke schok na Zuid Amerika kan ik je vertellen), en kopjes heerlijke échte koffie (goddelijk na drie maanden nescafé), halen we ons 'huis' voor de komende tien dagen op, een joekel van een camper.. Nu gaat het avontuur pas echt beginnen! 😁 
    We hebben niet echt een plan en dus rijden we gewoon de stad uit, richting Bay of Islands. Op goed geluk parkeren we onze tanker voor een lunch bij Arundel Reserve. De toon is meteen gezet want we hebben een schitterend uitzicht op de woeste, maar prachtig blauwe zee. Wauw! 
    Die avond slapen we na een flinke rit (de afstanden zijn hier enorm) op een mooie camping in Te Haumi aan zee. Helaas geen strandweer. De Nieuw Zeelandse zomer blijkt net zo wisselvallig als die in Nederland. Ook de volgende dag krijgen we door het grauwe weer maar weinig mee van wat naar het schijnt toch echt het mooiste stukje Nieuw Zeeland moet zijn. Ach ja, Hokianga Harbour blijkt ook schitterend en hier zien we wel af en toe een zonnestraaltje. Daar doen we het voor! Na de Haruru falls, een kopje koffie in Opononi en een prachtige wandeling naar de south head in Hokianga Harbour, rijden we verder naar de indrukwekkende Tane Mahuti, de grootste (Kauri) boom van Nieuw Zeeland. Pas als we onze camper parkeren op een camping die gerund wordt door de kerstman himself (al vloekte hij wel behoorlijk, haha!) komen we in kerstsfeer. We vieren kerstavond super feestelijk met een bbq op de camping. Voor Thomas en mij is het een extra speciale dag. Vandaag zijn we negen jaar samen 😍. 
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    MJ Spauwen

    Wat was het een feest elkaar weer te zien en wat hebben we het fijn gehad met elkaar! Een reis om nooit te vergeten😘

    1/22/16Reply
     
  • Day7

    Bay of Islands

    December 21, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Nach den wilden Fluten der Tasmansee im Westen, haben wir uns heute gen Osten aufgemacht.

    Die wunderschönen Buchten und malerischen Strände der Bay of Islands sind so ganz anders.

    KeriKeri und Paihia sind unsere heutigen Hauptziele gewesen.

    Paradise Falls und ein altes Maori Dorf runden diesen geilen Tag an...

    Bis morgen😘

    21.12.17
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  • Day18

    Tairua/Auckland/Waipu/Paihia

    December 2, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Highlights des Tages:
    - Letztes, gemütliches Frühstück bei Chris und Jane in "Tairua". #pleasuretomeetthoseguys
    - Einen ersten Blick auf "Auckland" erhascht. #wow
    - Ein Hoch auf "Kaiwaka"- das erste Klo nach knapp 3h Autofahrt. #fastwäreeinunglückpassiert
    - Päuschen am Highway Richtung "Waipu". Kaffee und lokalen "Manuka-Honig" gabs auf dem Parkplatz aus dem Foodtruck - inklusive Parkplatzunterhaltung von Hähnen mit Sturmfrisur. #gutinvestiertesgeld
    - Spontaner Zwischenstopp in "Waipu" - Helfersyndrom ausgelebt an den "Waipu Caves": Zwei israelische Mädels in Not von der Strasse aufgesammelt, die ihr Auto gefährlich nahe am Abgrund in den Graben gesetzt haben. #ungeplantkommtoft #hierpackenallemitan #hilfegeholt #abschleppdienstorganisiert
    - Wohnung in "Paihia" bezogen... #raufaufnberg #ausblickunbezahlbar
    - Beim Feierabendbier den Tag Revue passieren lassen.

    Lowlights des Tages:
    - Langweiliger, zäher, kilometerlanger Highway zwischen "Tairua" und "Paihia".

    Erkenntnisse des Tages:
    - Immobilien werden in Neuseeland nicht versteuert. Heisst, jeder, der Geld hat, kauft Immobilien (anstelle in Unternehmen oder ähnliches zu investieren) und versucht mit Gewinn wieder zu verkaufen. Die Immobilienpreise steigen dadurch ohne Einschränkung auf unverschämte Summen. #innovationsbedarf
    - Alle Wege führen nach "Waipu"... #warumauchimmer #wieauchimmerdasgeht
    - Beachwalker und Matschklamotten wären wichtig gewesen, um spontane Höhlenbesuche zu tätigen. #leidernichtmitgedacht #nächstesmal
    - Ventilatoren sorgen für eine angenehme Temperatur im Hinterhof der Restaurants:D
    - Leuchtende Steine weisen den Weg den Berg hinauf durch den Dschungel zu unserer Wahnsinnswohnung.
    - Hast du eine Frage (wozu auch immer), folgt unmittelbar die Antwort. #gutdurchdachtbeidenkiwis
    - In Neuseeland hilft man sich.

    Frage(n) des Tages (wurde heute hinter dem Auto hergebrüllt. Im Dschungel. Rennend. Mit wedelnden Armen.):
    "Aber wo fährt sie denn hin????"

    Fazit des Tages:
    Wenn du im Schlamm ausrutschst, schaust du danach halt scheiße aus. :-D
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  • Day21

    Hinter jeder Ecke ein Stück Paradies

    October 21, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Vom Licht und Tieren geweckt krochen wir um 7:30 aus dem Van und machten uns gegen 9:00 weiter nach Norden auf. Caro ist heute das erste mal gefahren und hatte auch nach kurzer Zeit keine Probleme mehr mit dem links Fahren. Man gewöhnt sich erstaunlich schnell daran, auch wenn man in Städten immer mal wieder nachdenken muss.
    Auf dem Weg nach Kerikeri kamen wir an einem wunderschönen Strandabschnitt vorbei, der das flache Meer von den saftig grünen Hügeln trennte, auf denen sich Schaumkronen-gleich ein Wäldchen dem Himmel entgegenstreckte! Wir konnten uns nicht satt sehen; aber egal wohin man kommt, das Land und die kleinen Dörfer versprühen ihren ganz eigenen Charm, der einen oft in einer Tolkien'schen Fantasywelt wähnt.
    In Kerikeri machten wir Pause und entschieden uns dann doch nach Paihia zu fahren, anstatt noch 1,5 h weiter in den Norden zum 90 Mile Beach. Hier haben wir einen sauberen, am Wasser gelegenen Campplatz gefunden, waren noch in der Stadt unterwegs und haben einen Boattrip durch die Bay of Islands für morgen vormittag gebucht.
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    Gerald Simon

    Buchreife Beschreibung👍 Wie passt man aber in das Büs'che zum Schlafen?

    10/21/16Reply
    Gerald Simon

    Viel Spaß weiterhin😘

    10/21/16Reply
    Claudia Köhn

    Hallo Ihr Beiden, es ist einfach toll Euch bei Eurer Reise zu verfolgen.

    10/21/16Reply
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  • Day19

    Bay of Islands more like Bay of Money

    January 17, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Ahoi mein Freund!
    Nachdem wir in Paihia, einer der größeren Orte am Bay of Islands, angekommen waren, haben wir im Infozentrum erfahren, dass man dort nirgendwo kostenlos schlafen kann.
    Trotzdem haben wir beschlossen, uns über die angebotenen Aktivitäten zu informieren. Da der Ort aber sehr touristisch ist, waren die Preise dementsprechend hoch. Wir beschlossen 5 Minuten zurück zu fahren, denn dort hatten wir einen Parkplatz direkt am Meer gesehen.
    Leider stellten wir sehr schnell fest, dass das Übernachten verboten war. Mai fragte einen jungen Erwachsenen, der dort auf Campingstühlen saß, wie er die Sache einschätzte.
    (Nicht) Überraschender Weise war er Deutscher und erzählte uns, dass er mit seiner Freundin schon seit Tagen hier schläft und noch keinen Stress hatte.
    Wir beschlossen also auch hier zu schlafen und fingen grade an zu kochen, als ein weiteres Auto, ebenfalls mit zwei deutschen, bei uns parkte.
    Den Abend verbrachte ich dann mit den vier deutschen, während Mai sich hingelegt hatte. Wir spielten Cluedo und redeten über die Zeit hier in Neuseeland. Besonders mit Ann redete ich viel, denn sie schien zu verstehen, dass ich Heimweh habe. Wir sprachen darüber, dass wir beide, Ann und ich, gerne in Gesellschaft sind und uns an andere "hängen"...darüber habe ich noch lange nachgedacht.
    Generell der Abend war super schön. Auch wenn viele keine anderen deutschen Backpacker treffen wollen, tut es mir doch ganz gut.
    Ju erzählte uns, dass der Mond hier anders steht, als in Deutschland. Natürlich logisch, selbst drauf gekommen wäre ich wohl trotzdem nicht. Aber nicht nur der Mond ist hier wunderbar, sondern die Sterne. Man kann sie deutlich sehen und hat das Gefühl, dass sie jede Sekunde mehr werden.

    Mood: entspannter, willkommen
    Song of the day: -

    Herzallerliebst,
    Mel reist.
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  • Day89

    Paihia und Russell

    May 5, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Unser heutiges Ziel ist die Bay of Islands. Nachdem wir in Paihia angekommen sind, sind wir direkt mit der Personenfähre nach Russell übergesetzt.

    Inge Klaus

    Freue mich für euch !!!!

    5/6/17Reply
     
  • Day58

    First Few Days Back in Paihia

    May 25, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Friday May 20th

    My bus came cruising into Paihia at about 8:15 pm and there was Emilie patiently waiting for me. After a nice warm hug we went out for pizza and wine. Our catchup began and we were off to the races. It had already been nearly a month since we had seen each other so there was plenty to chat about. Despite our chats it wasn't too late of an evening before we headed back to her place.

    Emilie was renting from a local lady named Jan. Emilie had a cozy little basement type suite which I expected I would be sleeping in on that couch or something, but I'm Terrence so good things just happen to me. Emilie explained how Jan also had another smaller unattached suite that (yup you guessed it!) was vacant. Jan asked me to pay the small fee of $100 for eight nights. As I'm writing this I can't believe how cheap that is for an individual bachelor's suite. I actually checked air bnb and the suite usually goes for $68/night! I guess you could say I know the right people. Anyways I unpacked and fell asleep almost immediately after a long day.

    Saturday May 21st

    After sleeping in a bit Emilie and I headed to Keri Keri which is a small ish town of about 5,000 about half hour away from Paihia. There was a weekly market with all kinds of local food, clothing, jewelry, and live musical talent. I loved the vibe of it all and we had a nice pastry type breakfast there. Emilie was on a hunt to meet locals so we ended up talking to this guy who made soaps and other natural body products. Guess where he was from!? Yeah, Saskatoon! No freaking way right? Wes was a pretty cool guy and we chatted about our home a while before Emilie and I decided to go adventuring.

    Emilie took me to this nice beach. We walked up it and the clouds rolled in. I assured her we had time and they would take a while to actually roll into the bay. I was wrong. They came in quickly and it absolutely poured on us. Not to mention the gusts of wind. I uploaded a video to Facebook that you should check out if you haven't. I think it pretty accurately summarizes the experience.

    The rest of the day was really low key. Emilie made us apple pancakes (more like crepes) for dinner which was delicious. Her friend Josh came over for a bit and that was the night!

    Sunday May 22nd

    Today we went to Russell. We had a nice walk around the beach there before heading into the town for lunch. As a whole we didn't accomplish too much during the day, but the evening was quite different.

    Jan had invited us to have a big lamb dinner, so when we got back around 4pm we started cooking. My job was to make the mint sauce. First we picked some fresh mint from Jan's garden. Then I took all the leaves off the stems (that's not the proper name but you get the point). Then we added sugar and I cut it up nice a thin. Then we just put it in a jar and filled it 1/3 with water and the rest with malt vinegar. Tada! I was pretty happy with how well it turned out. Jan took care of the rest which included the lamb, potatoes, kumaras, vegetables, and gravy. Now that I've written it all down it becomes quite apparent that Jan pretty much did everything haha.

    While everything cooked we watched a local new zealand film called "Boy" which I really enjoyed. It was far from the typical American films I was used to so it was refreshing and actually quite hilarious, I would definitely recommend it to all.

    Around seven the food was ready and wowzers was it good. I piled my plate high and stuffed my face. I think Jan could tell I really enjoyed it, and it was nice to have a full hearty home cooked meal for the first time in quite a while. Jan even made a light tomato and apple dessert which really doesn't sound that tasty, but somehow it just worked. What a delicious dinner.

    Monday May 23rd

    Monday afternoon Emilie and i went into Keri Keri again. We bought a few things from the warehouse (NZ's version of Wal Mart) including the newest Ed Sheeran album which surprisingly had a few songs that I didn't know. Needless to say I was a happy camper!

    Later around four ish we took Emilie's friend Dan up on a sailing adventure he had offered a few days before. All he asked for in payment was some beer which was easy enough. It ended up being Dan, Emilie, myself, and then Oliver from Canada, Lea from Germany, a girl from the Netherlands, and a local kiwi named Seagull. Literally his name was Seagull haha.

    We were out for about two hours and in that time I helped myself to four beers which needless to say hit me pretty hard. Peeing off the front of a sailboat, check! Twice! Haha. We all had a great time with one another and around six we headed in and found some food and then it was a pretty early night.

    Tuesday May 24th

    Today was pretty relaxed. Josh, Emilie and i went to the hot pools today. I also got to meet Josh's dog Blue, which I obviously loved given my adoration for dogs. The hot pools were smelly, but really quite amazing. The pools ranged in heat, but the hottest one was definitely comparable to a full heat hot tub. It was extremely relaxing, but also quite exhausting.

    In the evening the three of us headed to Paihia's fancy Italian restaurant. We shared a pizza bread type appetizer and then I had spaghetti bolagnase. It was all really delicious. About halfway through the meal this couple I met in Byron Bay in my surf lesson walked in. I would say I felt surprised but at this point in my travels it had become normal to run into familiar faces which is really nice. We all cabbed home and that was it for the night!

    Wednesday May 25th

    Today was a complete write off. Neither Emilie nor I really felt like doing anything and the weather was pretty shit so we just stuck around the house. We literally did nothing all day haha.
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  • Day61

    Finishing Up The Trip

    May 28, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Thursday May 26th

    Today was probably the best day of the week. It started around nine am with Emilie knocking on my door and then her quite literally dragging me out of bed. The weather was perfect for the first time in days and she told me to get ready because we were going kayaking asap!

    By ten we were in Paihia and Dan had set us up with two kayaks at a discounted price (because he's such a cool guy). The water was so incredibly calm, it was magnificent. We paddled out quite a ways to this little island. Me being me I was all concerned and worried about sharks, but really it's a bay and they never come into the bay. Plus it's New Zealand and they're far less prevalent here.

    Eventually we made it to the island. After a five minute hike the trail opened up and boom! What a view! Oh there was also this little bird on the island that was adorable and it kept following Emilie around. It continually flew within arms range doing very short fast flights around her and I. It was incredible. After about half hour we took off. On the way back the weather was turning so the sea was much more choppy and challenging, but we made it back alive 😊

    We went back to Emilie's and she made us coconut pancakes for lunch which were delicious. Eventually we decided to go do a wine tasting in Russell. Some of their wines had sold out for the season already, but the ones we tried were quite tasty and Daniel (the man running the tasting) even gave me a deal on a bottle.

    After that we went to the Duke of Marlborough for a drink. This is actually the same place we went almost two months ago when we met. It was crazy to think how things had changed so significantly since then. Emilie was now settled down in Paihia with a car, a job, and a place to stay and I had nearly finished my journey.

    We left the Duke and took an hour to head to the beach where the sun was just about to set. The waves crashed along our feet. There were some rocks I climbed that reached into the sea a fair bit. We enjoyed the view there for a good while.

    After the beach we went back to the Duke for dinner. We decided to eat quite fancy so she ordered a nice steak filet and I ordered this fancy fish sampler with some nice mashed potatoes. When our drinks came Emilie toasted to our second last dinner together, but I cut her off before she could and said "let's not tall about it." I believe it was this exchange that led to something quite hilarious/magical later in the evening.

    Anyways the food came and it was delicious. There was a coconut dish that involved raw fish that wasn't really my thing but the other two fish dishes were fantastic and Emilie's steak was great too. Upon finishing our meals Vincent (our waiter) came by the table and he put $50 cash onto the table. He said "I've done this for 18 years and I can't believe this just happened, but the table right beside you left this when they finished. They said they heard Terrence was leaving soon and that he looked sad." Emilie and I laughed so hard! They had obviously assumed that we were a couple, but regardless what a kind act. The duke is a really fancy place and our bill (after dessert too) was $120. Because Emilie knew Vincent he gave us %20 off so it came to $88. After the kind gift we technically ate two huge main courses and dessert along with a drink each at arguably the nicest restaurant in town for only $38! WHAT A NIGHT! And what kind strangers, I'll have to pay that forward sometime soon 😊

    We took the ferry home. In the middle of the bay as we were crossing it turned all of its lights off. The night sky lit up in ways I don't believe I have ever seen before. There was no light pollution and the night was so clear it would have been difficult not to be amazed. I have a feeling my eyes were probably as bright as the night sky was because I was more than delighted.

    Friday May 27th

    Another extremely memorable day! We had a late start, but after getting up we headed back to Keri Keri. We went back to the little Thai restaurant from a few days ago and had another tasty lunch.

    Afterwards we headed out towards the Puketi forest which was one of the stops on the tour that we both met on. As we got closer the roads turned to gravel and the country side turned into massive green winding hills. We took the 10 minute loop hike through the forest for the second time in two months. It felt like it had been ages since we had been through.

    After the mild hike we took the car all the way around the forest which I believe was a fourteen kilometer drive. This would have been a quick drive in normal conditions, but we chose to drive extra slow to enjoy and take it all in. The trees stretched into what appeared to be the skyline. It was clear some of the kouri trees were easily hundreds of years old and gigantic in both height and girth.

    When we finally finished there, we drove all the way back to Paihia. I think we spent about three hours just relaxing before it was about seven and we headed out with Jan for my farewell night out.

    Jan took us to the Retired Servicemens Club. It was initially created for all the men who had come home from World War II, but as the veterans started to pass away, they eventually opened it up so the public could become members. The only reason we were allowed in was because Jan signed us in. I guess you could say "I know people" haha.

    Anyways we got in and naturally the place was filled with seniors and a few middle aged people, but the scene was still so alive. Everyone was chatting with someone and there were greetings all around for the new faces (Emilie and I). The alcohol was cheap and Jan was quick to buy the first round. After we got drinks we ordered our food and began to mingle. I ordered the lamb shank and it didn't disappoint.

    As the night went on I met Phil who was a good friend of Jan. He owned a local hotel in Paihia called Swiss Chalet. He told me about how much he loved Canada and how he spent a good chunk of the 70s and 80s in BC and had even married a BC girl way back when. Despite how things didn't work out with her, he still spoke of her quite highly, which was really nice to see.

    There was a one man band who was playing on and off throughout the evening. The ladies in the club definitely weren't shy about getting up and dancing to a few classic tunes. At one point in the evening the entertainer (who I'd learn was named Jack) stopped his whole set and pointed across the hall at me. He caught me doing my own little dance in my seat and told everyone in the hall that it was clear I wanted to get up and dance. Naturally being called out to dance I sprung up out of my seat and made my way hastily to the dance floor. The ladies faces were all quite bright and inviting and they quickly taught me one of their line dances which to be honest were much more difficult than the ones I had done back home. There was even a shimmy part which I really committed to and they all had a good laugh with me. When the song came to an end I hugged a few of them and thanked them for being so inviting.

    When I sat down there was evidently a new buzz in the hall and it felt like all eyes were on me, the young kid from Canada who had happily jumped right into the mix of everything. Phil and Jan praised me greatly for what I had done and explained how much they knew everyone in the hall appreciated my efforts. I was soon tapped on the shoulder by a lady named Zayda who asked what I was drinking. Before she was out of earshot Phil leaned over and explained that she was the manager of the club and she was about to go get me another drink to say thank you for having a good round of fun with all of them. Naturally I joined in a few more times after that, and even got Emilie up out of her seat for a dance as well!

    For the rest of the time at the club I sat with Jan and watched a few rugby games. She better explained the rules and it was clear that this was really her game of choice. She even told me which players she had the hots for haha. Eventually we packed up and headed home, but not to bed just yet.

    When we got back to Jan's we all stayed up sitting around the patio table outside having one more drink and exchanging a few more deep thoughts. I really came to respect Jan, as she was an extremely bright mind with plenty of stories to share of how she got to where she is today. I also deeply respected her honesty to both herself and those around her. Around one we called it a night and headed to bed.

    Saturday May 28th

    Today is the day. I'm finally going home. Emilie and I had a quick breakfast and off I went. I thanked Jan once again for her hospitality and that was that. Emilie took me to the bus stop where we exchanged a few long hugs and then the bus came and I was gone.

    In the airport I met a nice mother and daughter from London Ontario who had just finished a few weeks of visiting relatives in Australia. I connected really well with them on all kinds of topics and it was refreshing to have conversations with complete strangers again.

    The flight went by quite quickly. I watched a few of the hobbit movies and caught about three hours of sleep. Los Angeles airport felt even bigger this time. It ended up taking me an hour and forty minutes to get through all the security check ins and whatnot. By the time I got through I had only about ten minutes until boarding.

    On the flight to Calgary I got bumped to the front of the plane for what West Jet calls "plus" seating. I was in the very seat of the plane so I had an abundance of leg room (since when is that a thing on airplanes!?).

    One more flight and I'm home!

    Ive decided im goimg to write one more entry to wrap everything up and then I'm finished!

    -Terrence is out!
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