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Putoetoe Point

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  • Day285

    It's the final Countdown

    March 23, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Nein, unsere Reise wird nicht frühzeitig beendet. Wir waren heute nur zum letzten Mal in dem Supermarkt "Countdown", wo es so schön akzeptable Lebensmittelpreise gibt. Da werden wir die nächsten 2 Monate wohl weit von entfernt sein 😥.

    Ansonsten waren wir heute morgen auf dem Zero Waste Event in Reglan zum Schutz der leider sehr selten gewordenen Maui Delphine und haben bei dem Recycled Material Raft Race zugeguckt.

    Anschließend ging es mit einem kurzen Zwischenstopp in Hamilton wieder zurück nach Auckland.
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  • Day168

    Tag 3: Diebstahl

    January 19 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Am nächsten Morgen dann der nächste Schock: Lenes Tasche, inklusive Geldbeutel, Pass und der relativ neu erworbenen Kamera sind weg!
    Wir geben den Verlust zwar noch im Fundbüro an, machen uns aber nicht allzu große Hoffnungen auf ein Wiedersehen.
    Die gute Nachricht: Mein Auge ist bereits deutlich abgeschwollen und somit kann ich heute auch wieder Autofahren. Der Autoschlüssel war glücklicherweise nicht in Lenes Tasche.

    Wir packen etwas betrübt zusammen und stellen uns in die Schlange für den Shuttlebus. Nach einer halben Ewigkeit in der prallen Sonne sitzen wir schließlich im Bus und brauchen aufgrund einer einspürigen Brücke beinahe eine ganze Stunde, für die sonst 5minütige Fahrt.

    Nachdem wir endlich alles im Auto verstaut haben fahren wir noch zur Polizei und geben den Verlust auf. Nachdem wir uns dann noch einen Trostkaffee geholt haben passiert schließlich das Wunder:

    Das Fundbüro vom Soundsplash Festival ruft an und sagt, dass sie Lenes Tasche inklusive Geldbeutel und Kamera gefunden haben. Wir können unser Glück kaum glauben, fahren zurück zum Festivalgelände und holen die Tasche ab.
    Es fehlt tatsächlich nur das Bargeld, ihre Trinkflasche und die Sonnencreme. Pass, Bankkarten und die Kamera sind alles noch drin!!

    Mit top Stimmung machen wir uns bei bestem Wetter damit wieder zurück auf den Heimweg.
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  • Day274

    Raglan Surf Town

    March 4, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    After finishing my taxes--which I would've done earlier but I totally forgot--I got back on the bus and we headed to the Tasman Sea (west coast) and the surfing community of Raglan. Actually, to the hostel about 15 minutes outside of the town past Manu Bay Reserve. The surfing at Manu Bay has a world famous left hand break (the waves hit the rocks from left to right, which apparently is not that common, but I don't surf so whatever). Anyway, I did see the surfing movie "Endless Summer," which was filmed there.

    Our hostel was in the bush about a click from the beach. I saw a sign about glow worms being beside the road, so around 21:00 I took a walk to find them. Until last night, I had only seen them in caves. I found them (picture with a couple of spots), but I also stumbled upon a possum. Although protected in Australia, they are considered pests here because they are not native and destroy the indigenous trees. I was surprised how similar its face was to a wallaby.

    This morning I walked up to Inspiration Point for a nice view of the beach area. Then we were back on the bus for Raglan. After a quick walk down to the water, I grabbed a cup of coffee. While I was slowly sipping it--I don't like coffee so why I get it sometimes I have no idea--I was approached by Mike, a Kiwi doing a survey. We spent about 45 minutes chatting about environmental tourism (from him) and the Hash (from me). We both learned something 😁. Then I made my way to the old Harbor View Hotel for a glass of wine and a salad for lunch, where I am now. Yummy!

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day185

    Bridal Viel Falls & Ngarunui Beach

    July 13 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    First day in Raglan and unfortunately it was raining. We thought if would be a perfect day to visit Bridal Viel Falls. We drove about 20 minutes to the start of the waterfall trail. It was a short walk. The first viewing platform was from the top. I couldn't believe how big the waterfall was. It really was impressive. We then walked down to the middle viewing platform (see first picture) and then down to the bottom viewing platform. The falls drop 55m from top to bottom. The water is cloudy due to run-off from farmland upstream of the waterfall. The pool at the bottom is 5 metres deep.

    After the walk Ashleigh and I had lunch in the hostel and then walked in to Raglan Town. We went to a small museum. There was a surfing exhibition. They had a collection of old surfboards. The museum also showed the history of Raglan.

    After this we drove to Ngaeunui beach. We saw quite a few surfers catching the waves. We walked along the black sand while the sun was setting. It was still a little grey but you could just about see the sun. We are hoping the weather improves tomorrow so we can go surfing.
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  • Day186

    Morning Yoga & Night time Canyoning

    July 14 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    This morning we woke early up to another grey, cold and wet day. We decided we would rather go surfing when the weather is nice. Conny and I had a yoga class booked for the morning. We walked over to the space yoga studio only a couple of minutes away. The class was only $10 for anyone staying at the hostel. I really enjoyed the class and I felt very relaxed afterwards. It was also good to stretch my aching muscles after all the walking we've done.

    We drove to Manu Bay and Whale Bay in the afternoon. We saw lots of surfers at both beaches. Luckily it had stopped raining but was still grey.

    In the evening we did night time Canyoning with Raglan Rock company. We got picked up at the hostel at 4pm. They drove us to get changed first in to a thick winter wetsuit with knee and elbow pads and also a wetsuit jacket on top. They gave us wetsuit socks and wellies to wear. We had to wear a helmet with a head torch. They drove us to near Karioi Canyon. They first showed us how we clip on a off the rope and some tips for abseiling.

    We first walked down to a river. We had to get in the river and walk through a narrow river with overgrown plants. You had to be careful as the rocks were slippery. We then had to crawl through a wet narrow tunnel. There was 2 so we all had to race another person. Unfortunately I wasn't as quick as one of the guys in the group, but it was still good fun! We walked through lots of rivers and over large rocks. We then came across the first waterfall. It was dark by then so we had to put on our head torches. I was feeling quite nervous to go off the edge of this waterfall in compete darkness. Ashleigh wasn't nervous at all just excited. They helped me attach myself to the rope. I slowly went down. Unfortunately I did fall over after getting over the first bit on the slippery rock . I thought I couldn't get back up again but I managed too. I abseiled my way down getting wet from the waterfall as I went down.

    After this we walked down slippery rocks and up and down small waterfalls. There was lots of walking involved and you had to watch where you put your feet. We then approached another waterfall to abseil down. I clipped myself on and abseiled down. I was a little more confident this time coming down. A bit scared but I did enjoy this one. I'm glad I did it as it was completely out of my comfort zone. I can now say I abseiled down a waterfall in the dark! What an experience.

    After more walking we came across a large waterfall and we turned our head torches on and you could see glowworms everywhere. It truly was magical!! You could even see the waterfall in the dark. There were other spots we could see them by the river but next to the waterfall was my favourite spot. We then had the option to climb a steep waterfall. The water was very powerful and our guide said if you don't normally go rock-climbing you may struggle to reach the top. I decided to opt out of this one. Ashleigh did it and he said it was very hard but he enjoyed it. I walked along a muddy cliff edge along a rope to the top of the waterfall to watch them climb up. After this we walked further along the river and over rocks and small waterfalls. My legs were beginning to feel tired. After we got out the river we had a short walk back to the car park. They dropped us off back at the hostel. I was glad to have a nice hot shower when we got back about 8.30pm. We had an early night after a busy day.
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  • Day88

    Raglan

    December 28, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Frühstück mit Meerblick und allem was das Herz begehrt. Mit der Flut geht es aufs Wasser und das mit dem eigenen Boot :) wakeboarden, Luftkissen fahren, schwimmen und entspannen und das alles für umsonst. Wir sind im Himmel und genießen das „einfache“ Backpacker leben.Read more

  • Day185

    Goodbye Neuseeland

    July 1 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Beim Erschaffen von Neuseeland muss der liebe Gott bekifft gewesen sein. Auf jeden Fall hat er aus den Vollen geschöpft und bekommt von mir für sein Meisterwerk einen Designpreis verliehen. Jeweils 10 von 10 Punkte in den Bewertungskategorien Originalität, Vielfalt und Darstellungsqualität 😃

    Einmal verdaut, dass aus meiner Weltreise nun hauptsächlich eine Neuseelandreise geworden ist, habe ich mich bremsen und von Rhythmus des Landes tragen lassen. Es gibt hier so viele unberührte menschenleere Gegenden, dass man besser einen vollen Tank und einen vollen Magen hat. Einen ganzen Strand für sich alleine haben? Oder wie wärs mit einen ganzen Wald? Hier kein Problem. Bei nur 5 Mio Einwohnern auch kein Wunder. Wenn man aber mal auf einen Kiwi trifft, dann ist sie/er in der Regel warm, nahbar und unkompliziert. Sie machen es einem leicht, sie zu mögen.

    Auf die Frage „Wo wollen Sie leben? In der Stadt oder auf dem Land?“ hätte ich vor meinen 4 Monaten Neuseeland noch voller Überzeugung „In der Stadt“ geantwortet. Doch das Leben nahe der Natur kommt mir nun auf einmal viel erfüllender vor. Morgens aus dem Camper steigen und den Tau im Gras glitzern sehen. Täglich mit den Augen das Meer abtasten um die Qualität der Wellen abzuschätzen. Ausgedehnte Spaziergänge am Strand, wo es immer kleine Schätze zu entdecken gibt. Oh man! Das werde ich alles so vermissen 😢
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  • Day5

    Exploring Raglan

    January 8 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After drying off and warming up, we set out to explore Raglan. Lots of great, boutique type shops full of unique bits and pieces. Made a couple of small purchases then headed to The Shack for a super tasty lunch and more terrific coffee.Read more

  • Day5

    Swimming at Raglan

    January 8 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today we got away nice and early, heading for Raglan. The day looked perfect however when we go there, we discovered that the water was pretty freezing 🥶 Everyone at least got in, heads under. Except me of course! 🐓 🐓Read more

  • Day95

    Raglan

    March 22, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Von Coromandel bin ich in 2 Tagen nach Raglan gefahren. Raglan ist quasi die surf Hauptstadt Neuseelands. Hier habe ich mich mit Bettina aus Buchs verabredet, die ich im Abel Tasman kennengelernt habe. Wir gehen jeden Tag surfen und haben einfach eine gute Zeit!
    Hier werde ich jetzt bleiben, bis ich nach Auckland muss um meinen Flug in die USA zu erwischen. Es fühlt sich gut an, mal so richtig lange an einem Ort zu sein.

    Man beachte bitte das Nummernschild unseres "surfshuttles" :D
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