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  • Day68

    A beautiful day in the neighborhood...

    March 14 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    From all our posts to date, you're forgiven if you think we've been living in a cave and haven't heard of the coronavirus.  Nothing but adventures, golf, gorgeous beaches, great weather.  Not a worry in the world!

    Well...not so much.  We've probably been reading way more internet news than we should be on holiday down here.  And today we spent the whole morning connecting with home, reading the updates and deciding whether a change in travel plans was warranted to get home earlier.  After much  to and fro-ing, for now we're sticking to our original plan to fly home March 25.  With an additional 2 week stay-cation once we get there.  Risk is low here (currently 5 cases in NZ).  If Canada closes its borders to NZ flights - they'll have to get us home somehow, eventually.  There are worse places to be 'stuck' in. 

    With that decision made, we can now be in the moment - and enjoy this gorgeous country.  So that we did - off on our bikes, into the Mount; walk around the mount, then ride to our local brewery for refreshment.  With all going on in the world around us, we appreciate how lucky we are!
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  • Day5

    Traumhafter erster stop

    February 12, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Unfassbar schön ist es hier. Sind auf den Berg gewandert, hinter jeder Ecke wartete ein anderer wunderbarer Ausblick 😍 unbeschreiblich schön ist es hier. Die Leute sind wahnsinnig nett und höflich. Diese Welt kann man nur mögen 😊Read more

  • Day105

    Papamoa Beach

    January 16, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    After some heavy days driving up from the south coast, we reached Papamoa Beach near Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. We checked into a nice Airbnb, resuming a normal schedule of copious wifi and multiple showers a day. Ahh so much to be grateful for! The weather here is 20-30 degrees Celsius and absolutely beautiful. The incredible beaches are just outside of a mid sized city that buzzes lightly with moderate density, comfortably sprawling outwards in acres of untouched land. Of all of the places in NZ we have visited, this would be a place to move to and call home one day. We went to pickup a MicroSD card from a local store here and had a nice chat with one of the female employees. She was a little bit older but not yet a pensioner, proudly a Kiwi. We got to talking about travelling and where we were from etc. and the fact that we have been in Bali came up. Her tone changed quickly to a fearful note saying that she would never go there after there were bombings in 2002 and 2005. The conversation ended shortly after that, but me being on holidays and full of great coffee took on an endeavour to investigate this fear-based outlook on life to see if it was valid. Beth helped me google some statistics about terrorism and terrorist attacks, and the numbers are absolutely astounding. One article we found was titled 'you are more likely to be fatally crushed by your own furniture than die in a terrorist attack' ....seriously. I don't really watch the news, I read online articles and try to stay out of mainstream propaganda programming as I find that it makes me generally think negatively about the world and is mostly fear based. So below I have copied and pasted some interesting numbers to put things in perspective. Feel free to google this also, it's quite interesting.

    In 2011, 8 Americans died in terrorist attacks worldwide. In that same year 29 people died after being struck by lightning.

    Regarding being killed by a terrorist (based on numbers from USA) you are:

    35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease
    33,842 times more likely to die from cancer
    5,882 times more likely to die from medical error
    1,904 times more likely to die from a car accident
    9 times more likely to be killed by a police officer

    For comparison: According to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, only 80 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks from 2004-2013; 36 of those were killed in attacks that occurred in the USA

    From the CDC: from 2001-2013, 406,496 people died by firearms on US soil (incl. homicide, accident, and suicide)
    From US State Department: from 2001-2013, 350 people citizens were killed overseas as a result of incidents of terrorism

    The Fatal Numbers:
    * The odds of being the victim of a shark attack are 1 in 11.5 million worldwide. Although there are 65 annual shark attacks each year, only a handful are fatal. Compared to this, a person is 3 times more likely to drown and 30 times more likely to be hit by lightning.
    * Compared to being killed by a dog, the likelihood of which is 1 in 18 million, a person is twice as likely to win the lottery and 5 times as likely to be struck by lightning.
    * 1 in 8 men and 1 in 24 women over the age of 40 will die from a sudden heart attack, while 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women will die from cancer.
    * Worldwide, 1 in about 2,050 people will die each year from unclean water, which carries numerous, life-threatening diseases. Each year, more people die from a lack of clean water than from wars.
    * The chances of being killed in a terrorist attack are about 1 in 20 million. A person is as likely to be killed by his or her own furniture, and more likely to die in a car accident, drown in a bathtub, or in a building fire than from a terrorist attack.
    * The chances a person will be killed by an asteroid are 1 in 200,000, which is much higher than the odds of being killed by hail, which is 1 in 734,400,000.
    * Each year, 1 out of 100,000 people die in a skydiving accident, which is 17 times lower than the risk of dying in a car accident.
    * The odds of dying in a severe storm are 1 in 68,388. A person is more likely to die slipping in his or her bathtub, which occurs at a rate of 1 in 11,469.
    * A person’s chances of dying in an elevator are 1 in 10,440,000. Due to successful elevator brake systems, an elevator has plunged only once—in the Empire State Building in 1945.
    * The lifetime probability of dying in a car accident is 1 in 100, which is 200 times higher than the probability of dying in a plane crash.
    * While 1 out of 5 people fear the possibility of being murdered, the odds that a person will be murdered in any given year are about 1 in 18,690. According to the FBI, violent crime is now at a near-historic low.
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  • Day87

    Mount Manganui

    March 14, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Regen, regen und nochmals regen. Das war das Motto der letzten Tage. Ich habe mich also von Hostel zu Hostel durchgekämpft und musste auch noch einen Tag pausieren, weil es so stark geregnet hatte. Es gab wieder überall Überschwemmungen und kleinere Erdrutsche. Da war es nicht ungewöhnlich, dass plötzlich wieder mal ein Busch oder Felsen auf der Strasse lag.
    Gestern kam dann die Wetterwende und so bin ich um 5:30 aufgestanden um für den Sonnenaufgang auf den Mt Maunganui zu latschen. Leider war es doch wieder bewölkt aber die Fotos sind trotzdem ganz cool geworden
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  • Day44

    Vor der Kundgebung des lockdowns

    March 20 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Zur besseren zeitlichen Einordnung habe ich den Footprint als „vor der Kundgebung des lockdowns” betitelt, obwohl es warscheinlich sehr viel schönere Beschreibungen gäbe. Wir waren unter anderem in Tauranga am Strand frühstücken und danach auf dem Mount Maunganui. Auch die Einkaufsstraßen Taurangas haben uns sehr gut gefallen! Am nächsten Tag ging es dann zu dem Hot water Beach. Dort kann man sich ein Loch am Strand bauen und hat dann seinen eigenen kleinen Whirlpool. Die Realität sah etwas anders aus. Franzi und ich waren zu geizig uns eine Schaufel für 10nzd zu leihen und haben fleißig mit den Händen gebuddelt, nur um festzustellen, dass das im Loch aufsteigende Wasser eiskalt war.
    Etwas überbewertet ist der Strand also auf jeden Fall...
    Anschließend ging es weiter zu Cathedral Cove in Waikato, ein Strand mit einer großen Felshöhle, durch die man das Meer beobachten kann. Am Abend haben wir Glühwürmchen caves gesehen, für den Weg zu den „bekannten” caves war es leider schon zu dunkel, aber Nähe der Straße gab es zwei kleinere Tropfstein Höhlen mit ein paar Glühwürmchen an der Decke, die wie ein Sternenhimmel geleuchtet haben.
    Der darauf folgende Tag lief nicht wirklich nach Plan. In Hamilton wollten wir shoppen gehen, mussten aber feststellen, dass Sonntag war und alles zu hatte... Als Plan B fuhren wir zu einem Museum, welches leider aufgrund von Covid-19 geschlossen hatte. Plan C war in ein schönes Schwimmbad zu gehen (die sind hier sehr günstig im Vergleich zu denen in Köln- um die 2/3 €), leider war auch dieses geschlossen aufgrund von Covid-19.
    Wir sind dann in ein Café gegangen und haben doch noch ein Schwimmbad mit einem Becken gefunden, welches offen hatte und wo wir fast die einzigen Gäste waren. Auf einem freien Campground lernten wir zwei Mädchen aus Bremen kennen mit denen wir uns abgesprochen haben, um ein paar Infos über eine mögliche Rückreise herauszubekommen. Die beiden fuhren am nächsten Tag zum Flughafen und wir zum deutschen Konsulat. Das Konsulat hatte bis zu einem unbestimmten Zeitpunkt geschlossen und in den Flughafen kommt man nur mit Ticket. Auskunft haben wir also leider alle nicht bekommen...
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  • Day81

    Mount Manganui

    December 17, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We stayed two nights at this lovely campground just next to mount manganui (another mountain which is more of a hill than a mountain) and with a great ocean view!
    Of course we went up that hill, with another hundert of tourists in neon sport-outfits, as it was a total challenge to climb that hill in about an hour... ^^ oh and yes, I became a kiwi - I walked up that hill and past all these tourists in their jogging and hiking shoes BAREFEET! 👣
    Unfortunately and what is really not shown in those sunny pictutes, is that it was freeeeeeezing cold at nights and we had to buy a fluffy cozy blanket, so we dont freeze ⛄
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  • Nov28

    Mt Maunganui - Serpils Everest

    November 28, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Um in Tauranga nicht nur die Stadt zu erkunden sind wir natürlich auch auf den stadteigenen Berg gestiegen. An sich eine schöne Tour zwischen Schafen und Lämmern, aber für Serpil zu heiss...der Strand darunter wäre ihr zeitweise lieber gewesen. Umso größer die Freude auf dem Gipfel.Read more

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