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Piha

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  • Day86

    East-Coast to West-Coast

    October 19 in New Zealand

    Nun ist auch mein letzter großer Roadtrip vorbei. Ich liege wieder in Auckland in der vertrauten WG im Bett. Heute sogar in einem richtigen, weil Conor und Rosa für einen Tag campen gefahren sind. Quasi dahin wo ich gerade herkomme.

    Gestern starteten Eline und ich bei Regen den längeren Weg vom Ocean Beach an der Ostküste zum Piha Beach an der Westküste. Der Piha Beach mit dem großen Lion Rock stand auf meiner Liste, weil er so super schön sein sollte. Eline und ich waren gestern irgendwie beide super müde und kaputt. Wir fuhren abwechselnd, machten irgendwann eine Kaffeepause und redeten die gesamte Fahrt nicht besonders viel.
    Am frühen Nachmittag kamen wir am Piha Beach an. Das Wetter war immernoch nicht so besonders, aber die Luft war an der Westküste etwas wärmer. Nach einem Stärkungssnack im Auto rafften wir uns auf und spazierten am Strand entlang. Im Gegensatz zur Ostküste war der Sand hier schwarz und dadurch super warm, das Meer wilder und nicht so türkisblau, die Wellen höher und überall am Strand und im Wasser standen diese riesigen Steinbrocken. Der Lionrock teilte den Strand genau in der Mitte und ragte aus dem Meer. Von der Seite konnte man mit etwas Fantasie wirklich einen liegenden Löwen erkennen und als ich den Löwen erst einmal gesehen hatte, konnte man nichts anderes in dem Stein mehr erkennen.

    Wir parkten unseren Van auf dem Campingplatz und gingen wieder zum Strand. Ich legte mich in den warmen Sand und Eline wollte ins Meer. Die Wellen waren echt hoch und eine folgte der nächsten, also bekam ich keine ruhige Minute und guckte nach jeder Welle, ob ihr Kopf auch wieder auftauchte. Wenn nicht hätte ich von meinen Rettungsschwimmer-Skills Gebrauch gemacht. Und nachdem ich nun in dem einen Hostel auch noch Baywatch geguckt habe, bin ich auf solche Situationen bestens vorbereitet. Zum Glück musste ich meine Skills nicht darbieten und Eline kam irgendwann völlig erschöpft zurück. Sie ging erstmal warm duschen und Mutti Feldkamp Junior kochte Abendessen. Nach einem kläglichen Versuch, den Sonnenuntergang bei dem schlechten Wetter zu sehen, verkrochen wir uns in den Campervan.

    Heute mussten wir super früh aufstehen, um unser kleines zu Hause wieder zurückzubringen. Nach einigen Komplikationen, da wir erst einmal die falsche Abgabestation anfuhren, kamen wir dann am Flughafen an, gaben das Auto zurück und fuhren mit Bus und Bahn zu Conor und Rosas Haus. Der Schlüssel lag im Schuh bereit, da alle arbeiten waren. Viel machten wir nicht mehr: Wäsche waschen, aufräumen, schlafen und in der Sonne sitzen. Ich konnte mich sowieso auf nichts konzentrieren, weil ich nur auf die Stellenausschreibungen der Schulen in Hannover wartete. Um mir die Zeit zu vertreiben spazierte ich zum Supermarkt, der auf dem nächsten Berg liegt. Da das Wetter so schön war konnte man super weit gucken :)
    Morgen gehts dann ans Bewerbungen schreiben...
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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.
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    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

    Kitekite

    April 3, 2017 in New Zealand

    ืื–, ืื—ืจื™ ืฉื”ืกืคืงื ื• ืœื’ืœื•ืช ืฉื”ื ื™ื• ื–ื™ืœื ื“ื™ื ืœื—ืœื•ื˜ื™ืŸ ืœื ืžืกื•ื’ืœื™ื ืœื‘ื ื•ืช ืขืจื™ื ื’ื“ื•ืœื•ืช, ืื• ื›ื‘ื™ืฉื™ื ืžื”ื™ืจื™ื ืขื ื™ื•ืชืจ ืžื ืชื™ื‘ ืื—ื“ (ื›ืœื•ืžืจ - ื”ื’ืขื ื• ืœืื•ืงืœื ื“!)
    ื™ืฆืื ื• ืœื™ื•ื ื˜ื™ื•ืœ, ื›ื™ ื–ื” ื‘ืขืจืš ื”ื™ื•ื ื”ื™ื—ื™ื“ ื”ืฉื‘ื•ืข ืขื ืžื–ื’ ืื•ื•ื™ืจ ืกื‘ื™ืจ. ื“ืŸ - ื—ื‘ืจ ื˜ื•ื‘ ืžื”ืฆื‘ื- ื”ืฆื˜ืจืฃ ืืœื™ื ื• ื‘ื™ื•ื ื”ืื—ืจื•ืŸ ืฉืœื• ื‘ื ื™ื• ื–ื™ืœื ื“!
    ื”ื™ื” ืžืžืฉ ื›ื™ืฃ, ื”ืžืคืœื™ื ืฉืจืื™ื ื• (kitekite falls) ื”ื™ื• ืžืื•ื“ ืžืจืฉื™ืžื™ื, ื•ืื—ืจื™ ื–ื” ื”ืœื›ื ื• ืœpiha beach ืฉื”ื™ื” ื’ื ื™ืคื” ืœืžื“ื™.
    ื‘ืชืžื•ื ื•ืช ืชื•ื›ืœื• ืœืจืื•ืช ื›ืžื” ื‘ืจืฆื™ื ื•ืช ื”ื ื™ื• ื–ื™ืœื ื“ื™ื ืœื•ืงื—ื™ื ืืช ืฉื™ืžื•ืจ ืขืฆื™ ื”ืงืื•ืจื™ ืฉืœื”ื - ื™ืฉ ืขืžื“ื•ืช ื ืงื™ื•ืŸ ืฉื›ื•ืœืœื•ืช ืžื‘ืจืฉื•ืช ื•ื—ื•ืžืจ ื—ื™ื˜ื•ื™ ืœื ืขืœื™ื™ื ื›ื“ื™ ืฉื—ืœื™ืœื” ืœื ื™ื›ื ืกื• ืœื™ืขืจ ืคื˜ืจื™ื•ืช ืžืกื•ื›ื ื•ืช ืฉื™ืื›ืœื• ืืช ื”ืงืื•ืจื™
    ืืชื ื‘ื˜ื— ืฉื•ืืœื™ื ืืช ืขืฆืžื›ื ืœืžื” ื–ื” ืงื•ืจื”? ื›ื™ ื›ืฉื”ืื ื’ืœื™ื ืขืœื• ืœื›ืืŸ ื”ื ื›ืจืชื• ืืช ื›ืœ ื”ืงืื•ืจื™ื ื›ื“ื™ ืœื”ื›ื™ืŸ ืจื”ื™ื˜ื™ื ื•ื›'ื•, ืื– ืขื›ืฉื™ื• ื”ื ืžื ืกื™ื ืœืชืงืŸ, ื›ืจื’ื™ืœ.
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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

    Piha

    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.

    Christine
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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

    Pahi!

    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!

    -DreamWeaver
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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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