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  • Day194

    Auge um Auge mit dem Kiwi

    January 28 in New Zealand

    Wenn ihr euch jetzt fragt was unsere Überschrift zu bedeuten hat, dann schaut euch die Landkarte der Südinsel Neuseelands mal genauer an! Dann seht ihr, dass der nördlichste Zipfel aussieht wie der Kopf des Kiwivogels, dabei ist der Farewell Spit, die sehr lange Landzunge, der Schnabel des Kiwi.
    Hier haben wir einen wunderschönen Tag verbracht und allerhand gesehen. Zuerst waren wir am Wharariki Beach, wie wir finden einer der schönsten Strände, die wir bisher gesehen haben. Der Weg zum Strand führt über Dünen aus weißem Sand, der im Sonnenlicht glitzert. In den Felsen am Strand gibt es mehrere Höhlen und kleine Tunnel, durch die man bei Ebbe sogar laufen kann. Wenn man Glück hat, so wie wir, kann man hier gemeinsam mit Robben in die Wellen springen.
    Anschließend haben wir eine kleine aber feine Wanderung gemacht, von dessen höchstem Punkt aus wir Cape Farewell und den Farewell Spit von oben gesehen haben.
    Auch einen kleinen Aussichtspunkt haben wir besucht und wenn ihr genau hinseht, erkennt ihr den Kiwikopf auch auf unserem Foto (Foto 5), welches wir von dort aus geschossen haben ;). Die letzte Etappe des Tages war der Farewell Spit, der uns mit einer vielfältigen Flora und Fauna sehr beeindruckt hat und an dessen langen weißen Sandstrand wir ein wenig verweilt haben.
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    An eye for an eye with the Kiwi

    Please have a look at the map of New Zealand’s South Island if you ask yourself what our headline means. You can recognize that the northern tip of the South Island looks like the head of the Kiwi bird and the long headland called Farewell Spit looks like its beak.
    We had a beautiful time in this region and we saw a lot. We have been at the Wharariki Beach which is in our opinion one of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand. The walkway to the beach leads through dunes of white sand which sparkles in the sunlight. The rocks at the beach have a few holes and tunnels you can walk through at low tide. If you are lucky you can jump into the waves together with seals.
    After we spent some time at this wonderful beach we had a walk up to a little lighthouse. We saw Cape Farewell and the Farewell Spit from the highest point. We also visited a viewing point nearby. There we took a photo (image 5) and when you look closer you can also see the head of the Kiwi bird.
    The last stop of that day was the Farewell Spit with its diverse flora and fauna which was really impressive and so we spent some time at this beautiful place and its white sandy beach.
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  • Day124

    Farewell Spit - Tagesausflug

    May 4, 2017 in New Zealand

    Nachdem wir schon am südlichsten Punkt der Südinsel waren, ging es heute zum nördlichsten.

    Zum Frühstück gab es Rhabarber aus dem Garten mit Birne und Porridge. Lecker.
    Dazu gab es noch ein Brot mit der selbst gemachten Majonäse. Knoblauch zum Frühstück, top.

    Erste Station war Wharariki Beach. Hier wurde der feine Sand vom Wind beschleunigt und gab uns ein kostenfreies Peeling. Es sah absolut atemberaubend aus. Wir freuen uns auf die Videos. In der Nähe der Archway Felsen dann das Highlight des Tages: 9 spielende Robbenbabies im Naturpool. Nur halt nicht 100 m weit weg sondern direkt an unseren Füssen. Die haben eine Ausdauer, unglaublich.
    Am Parkplatz angekommen überraschte uns eine neue Art Tier, die wir noch nie in freier Wildbahn sahen. Pfaue, die ihr buntes Federkleid zur Schau stellten. Tolle Tiere.

    Weiter ging es zum Cape Farewell, dem nördlichsten Punkt. Auch hier wehte reichlich Wind und die Felsen sahen top aus.

    Anschließend sind wir zum Farewell Spit gefahren, einer 24 km langen Sandbank die sich von Westen nach Osten erstreckt. Schaut euch mal auf der Landkarte an. Leider stranden hier häufig Wale. Wir haben keine gesehen.
    Sind dann zu Fuß über Schafswiesen zum Strand auf der Meerseite gewandert. Dort angekommen waren wir komplett alleine und schauten den Strand bis zum Horizont hinunter.

    Auf dem Heimweg machten wir noch an einer Lagune halt und rundeten den Ausflug mit den Pupu Springs ab. Diese sind heilige Quellen der Maori und sprudeln wie wild aus dem Sandboden in den glasklaren Fluss. Wirklich sehr schön.

    Zuhause in Takaka gab es heute Ofengemüse und dazu ein Mussel Inn Pale Whale Ale.
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  • Day13

    Fairwell Spit

    February 19, 2017 in New Zealand

    A dry start but with heavy rain clouds in the distance we set off with waterproofs packed to walk along the southern side of this huge, long and wide spit before crossing over to the northern side. Black swans were enjoying the mud flats while the tide was out but sinking sand stopped us venturing out to where they were. We also saw a big contraption that they use to move stranded whales. This was put it to use last weekend sadly as more than 400 had beached themselves on the spit. Big rescue efforts over a couple of days and they managed to re-float a few of them. The beach was clear of them today as those that didn't make it have been moved further up the spit to be buried.
    There were heavy rain showers throughout the day which just made the cliffs and rugged landscape seem even more wild. Several seals hauled themselves up onto the beach to escape the waves and find a bit of calm - they weren't bothered we were there. Later a seal in the water followed us along the beach, surfing and diving through the waves as if to keep us amused. Thankfully the bay was deserted so others couldn't see us applauding and encouraging it!! A beautiful calm evening with views over the hills and sea finished the day.
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  • Day130

    Golden Bay

    August 10, 2017 in New Zealand

    After a very long, hot shower and some breakfast, we were back on the road headed North towards Golden Bay. Our first stop was Te Waikoropupu or as it's more commonly called Pupu Springs. Pupu Springs is supposedly some of the clearest waters in the Southern Hemisphere with 63m of visibility. To give you a comparison, drinking water is around 83m.

    To get to the springs was a short 10 minute walk through the forest which was quite pretty. The spring itself however was clear, I'll give it that, but it wasn't anywhere near as impressive as I thought it would be. After a couple of obligatory photos, we headed back to the van and set off to our next stop, the Pupu Hydro Walkway, which was only 4km up the road.

    When we visited the information centre in Nelson, the lady said that the Pupu Hydro Walkway was her favourite walk ever so we thought we had better not miss it. The 2 hour round trek takes you around a fully working hydro dam. The first bit involved a bit of a steep climb but when we got to the top we walked alongside the entire waterway system. At times we had to walk along a thin wooden walkway hanging over the side of the waterway which kept it interesting. Despite the drizzle, it was actually a very enjoyable walk and at the end you could see into the power station which was pretty cool. Here we had some lunch before heading further North to Farewell Spit.

    Farewell Spit is the long thin narrow bit at the top of the West Coast of the South Island and if nothing else just a photo opportunity. There are a few walks you can do here but the weather had seriously deteriorated by this point as we didn't fancy getting soaked again, so after walking up to the lookout we jumped back in the van and headed back down south.

    Although we covered a lot of miles, the driving doesn't bother us at all as there is always such picturesque scenery. The South Island really is beautiful. We even spotted a baby calf on route that had literally just been born. We could tell this as the mother was quite happily chowing down on the placenta!

    We are conscious that we only have a couple of weeks left in the van now so want to make the most of it. Tomorrow is forecast to be a sunny day so not wanting to spend the day driving we tackled most of the driving that evening and stopped off in a free campsite on the side of the road.
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  • Day115

    North of the South

    June 13, 2017 in New Zealand

    A gentle ferry ride over the Cook Straits gave great views of what is to come on the south island, snowy mountain tops and lush green inlets. Jumping into Kora (the car), we wound our way to Nelson with lovely views over the Queen Charlotte sounds. The hostel for the night was full of longterm workers gossiping about love triangles. Not quite the chat we're after at the moment so we decided to move on.

    The next day was grey and wet so postponing planned hiking, we ambled along in the car to farewell spit and farewell cove the northen most point of the island. On the way back we stopped into the Mussel inn a cosy pub with their own vraft beer and a big open fire. It was lovely to just sit there listening to the rain outside.

    We stopped in Takaka for the night and had a wonderful time in the Barefoot hostel which is run by a friendly couple in theri 60's. James grabbed one of the hostel's guitars and jammed with one of the other guests and the owner, while all of us in the kitchen sang along and chatted. This was more like it, actual socialising.

    We headed out after supper to the only place with the rugby on to watch Lions v Highlanders. The locals in the pub had the policy of supporting the Lions during the provincial matches so there was a lot of shouting at the ref. Great little place Tekaka.
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  • Day55

    Wharariki Beach Seehunde

    April 1, 2017 in New Zealand

    Direkt am Strand gab es eine Seehundkolonie. In einem geschützten Pool konnten wir wieder junge Seehunde beobachten und bis auf wenige Meter an sie heran. 3 spielende Heuler sind auf einmal aus dem Wasser rausgeschossen und nur 1,5 m neben Elke vorbei geflitzt. Die einsetzende Flut hat den Pool nach und nach weggespült und hat auch Elke kalt überrascht.

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