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  • Day18

    Kitekite Falls

    August 5, 2017 in New Zealand

    Ausflugsziel für heute war nochmals der Waitakere Regional Park. Höhepunkt der Hikingtour sollte der Kitekite - Wasserfall sein. Nach ca. 30min. wandern auf dem Winstone Track und einer Abkürzung (off track; abweichend von den Wanderwegen) erreichten wir den Kitekite - Wasserfall. Dessen beeindruckender Anblick behielt uns für eine längere Zeit an Ort und Stelle, bevor es auf dem Kitekite Track in Richtung Piha ging. In Piha angekommen, nahmen wir uns eine kleine Auszeit am Strand, bevor wir den Aufstieg auf den "Lion Rock" wagten. Dieser stellte einen schönen Abschluss unser Hikingtour dar.

    Kitekite Falls

    Once again the Waitakere Regional Park was our destination. The highlight of our hiking tour should be the Kitekite Falls. After about 30 minutes of hiking on the Winstone Track and an abbreviation ("off track") we reached the Kitekite Falls. Cause of the impressive sight, we stayed on the spot for a longer time before heading on the Kitekite Track towards Piha. In Piha, we took a short break on the beach before we dared to climb the "Lion Rock". This was a great ending of our hiking tour.
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  • Day68


    April 3, 2017 in New Zealand

    אז, אחרי שהספקנו לגלות שהניו זילנדים לחלוטין לא מסוגלים לבנות ערים גדולות, או כבישים מהירים עם יותר מנתיב אחד (כלומר - הגענו לאוקלנד!)
    יצאנו ליום טיול, כי זה בערך היום היחיד השבוע עם מזג אוויר סביר. דן - חבר טוב מהצבא- הצטרף אלינו ביום האחרון שלו בניו זילנד!
    היה ממש כיף, המפלים שראינו (kitekite falls) היו מאוד מרשימים, ואחרי זה הלכנו לpiha beach שהיה גם יפה למדי.
    בתמונות תוכלו לראות כמה ברצינות הניו זילנדים לוקחים את שימור עצי הקאורי שלהם - יש עמדות נקיון שכוללות מברשות וחומר חיטוי לנעליים כדי שחלילה לא יכנסו ליער פטריות מסוכנות שיאכלו את הקאורי
    אתם בטח שואלים את עצמכם למה זה קורה? כי כשהאנגלים עלו לכאן הם כרתו את כל הקאורים כדי להכין רהיטים וכ'ו, אז עכשיו הם מנסים לתקן, כרגיל.
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  • Day24

    Roadtrip Tag 1 Piha: Kitekite Falls

    September 26, 2017 in New Zealand

    In Piha angekommen kurz mal was gegessen und dann direkt 30min zu den KiteKite Fall gelaufen. Leider Recht frisch, also keine Chance zum Baden.
    Aber der Anblick ist genießbar .

  • Day121


    April 21, 2017 in New Zealand

    Our final stop from our trip up north and we thought it was time we visited the west coast and those famous black sand beaches so we stopped in at Piha on our way back to Auckland.

    Not quite a day for swimming, with some pretty wild waves and messy currents, we were happy enough to walk along the beach and watch some mad surfers brave the conditions.

    Whilst completely different from the sandy beaches and crystal clear water of the east coast and Pacific Ocean, the west coast was beautiful in a more wild and rugged way. We spent quite a while watching the huge waves rolling in from the Tasman Sea.

    Now back to Auckland for another pit stop before we head to Waiheke island tomorrow.

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  • Day3

    Piha Beach Auckland

    May 28, 2017 in New Zealand

    Today Luke and Melissa drove us to a black sandy beach called Piha Beach which is the most famous beach in New Zealand. The black sand is caused by a volcanic eruption at Taupo along time ago which was swept to the coast from the Waikato River. We walked along the black sandy beach and took in the sights we also had lunch at a local cafe.

  • Day1


    October 19, 2015 in New Zealand

    Landed at Auckland International airport at 07:45 where I grabbed a shuttle to my rental, SnapCar, where I first experienced the well known Kiwi hospitality! The gentlemam povided a free GPS which was loads of comfort... Note: Nothing about driving on the left side of the road and right side of the car feels right.. At all!

    It was quite the experience to say the least! We routinely would hit the windshield wipers with our left hand though the blinker is with the right. Quite the giggle each time it happens!

    Afte4 attaining the car, met up with friends Longbo and Kasper at Kaspers flat in the heart of Auckland. The exchange was nothing less than hugs, smiles and heart-felt welcomes at our first in person face to face encounter.

    Kasper, 24, from Denmark just finished a semester of grad school in Auckland. After his 2.5 month adventure down-under he will write his thesis back in Denmark and plans to enter into the business world. What a guy! One who radiates happiness and positive energy with a strong caring and helpful nature towards others.

    Longbo, 24, much could be said the same. Born in China, he possesses quite the beautiful soul with a strong urge for postive human connection. Even though he does not have much confidence in his english (which none of us quite agree with..), he strives to throw himself out of his comfort zones in search of the full learning experience of travel/adventure. So much kudos to him, and anyone at that, willing to enter such a huge culture-shock of an environment change. It is a huge motivator to me to learn a language and do the same. What language/country I am not sure yet. I am quite envious already of Eric Longbo.

    After our meet-and-great we ventured back to the airport where we met with Tessa and Sanne, two awesome young ladies from the Netherlands! These two have already been travelling for a month and flew in from Indonesia. They absolutely loved it over there despite the intense heat and said they could easily have stayed another month and still only have scratched the surfice of their explorations over there. They are both extremely kind and gentle souls. Incredibly positive and full of love and friendship!

    After hugs and hellos we hit the road and began our month long adventure! Our first mission - should we choose to accept, fitting 5 + bags in the mini-cooper sized rental. Eh, who am I kidding, it was a piece of cake! The cars breaks didn't so much like it though. The extremely beautiful and scenic, though curvy and hilly roads, gave them a run for their money with all of the weight! The roads are quite exciting!

    After an hour or so of driving, we arrived at Te Piha, a black sand beach. Quite astonishing despite the poor weather. We saw a cliff out reaching towards the sky in the middle of the beach and felt obligated to climb it! The girls took a relaxing beach stroll as we began our ascent. The summit proved well worth it! - with astonishing views of the ocean, the beach, and the volcanicly-molded island!

    After a quick decent we regrouped and wandered to a cute café just off the beach. Kasper and I had a local beer and the girls had some killer macchiato's! We were quickly able to to find an Air BNB, a sweet little cottage up the road with 1 queen bed, 3 twins, kitchen, stereo, fireplace and beautiful location on a gentle stream in a preserved forest region.

    The girls cooked up a mean dinner for us that we indulged in around a candle lit table. Pasta, with a homemade tomatoe sauce with heaps of awesome veggies and some ground beef. It was truly an awesome first meal!

    We closed our night with a few more beers and great talks huddled around the warm fire listening to sweet and gentle tunes provided by the girls.

    Very culturally enlightening chats already!

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  • Day15

    Piha beach & fairy falls

    February 11, 2016 in New Zealand

    I have never seen rougher surf at a beach. The sand was dark grey from the volcanoes nearby, but smooth as silk. After devouring almost all of a delicious sausage, roasted red pepper and shrimp (yes, shrimp) pizza I walked back to the shore and pulled out my guitar. The crashing waves drowned out my still inept playing, but it felt good deep inside to just take a deep breath and slow down even more.

    I never thought that slowing down would be so hard and I have a ways to go, but it's happening and it feels good. Nature has an incredible, indescribable healing effect and on the rest of my trip I intend to soak up as much as I possibly can.

    Following my beach stint I hiked a route called Fairy Falls that was about 35 minutes away. The hike was steep in parts which quickly reminded me why they say that exercise is important. Despite the huffing and puffing it was worth it. The falls were not particularly spectacular, but the views were amazing. I did the walk with a local and afterwards we rewarded ourselves with beer and snacks at a local brewery. We most certainly earned it.
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  • Day169

    Piha Caves

    February 12, 2017 in New Zealand

    Nachdem wir in Piha angekommen waren, besuchten wir die Caves. Sie liegen direkt an dem schwarzen Sandstrand und manche sind größer andere sind kleiner, aber alle sich beeindruckend. Ich bekam einen kleinen Einblick in die Natur Neuseelands und auf das was mich alles noch erwartet.

  • Day169

    Piha Beach- Lion Rock

    February 12, 2017 in New Zealand

    Ein wunderschöner großer und weitläufiger Strand. Der Sand hier ist schwarz, so etwas hatte ich vorher noch nicht gesehen.
    Am Strand bin ich auf den Lion Rock gestiegen und hatte eine tolle Aussicht über den Strand.
    Zum Abschluss des Tages gab es noch einen leckeren Hawai Burger, mit Ei, Käse und Ananas. Sehr zu empfehlen 😊😎

  • Day120


    November 3, 2016 in New Zealand

    Schwarze verlassene Sandstrände, bergiges Grünland und das tosende Meer. Daneben das kleine Dorf Piha mit gerade mal einem Café und einem Convenience Store. Wind, Sonne, Regen ... und Sonnenuntergänge vom Feinsten.

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