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  • Day14

    South Island and new friends!

    October 25, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The cruise through the Cook Strait was beautiful with clear blue skies and a very calm sea. We had read that this crossing can be quite treacherous and uncomfortable (Janet and John can testify to this) but not today. The ship was busy as this is Labour weekend in NZ with Monday being a bank holiday.
    It’s a funny old world. When we first got on board the ship we found a couple of seats and plonked ourselves down. A few moments later another couple asked if the seats opposite us were taken to which we said no and they sat down. After a brief introduction found out they were Jim and Sue from England and in fact from Reigate not fifteen miles away from us. So where are you going to? Marlborough same as us. Where are you staying? Marlborough Vintners, same as us also for two nights. They were being collected from Picton and driven to the hotel whereas we were picking up our rental car and driving ourselves.
    When we arrived in Picton we saw this huge cruise ship the same one that was in Wellington the previous day. There was quite a lengthy queue to collect the car and this was due to it being a Bank Holiday weekend and the cruise ship. We were told that the number of passengers and crew on the ship exceeded the population of Picton!
    Once we had the car it was a thirty minute drive down to our hotel. The scenery and views here are spectacular. The Marlborough area is the principal area in NZ for wine particularly Sauvignon Blanc and there are many estates with names we are familiar with. Checked into the hotel which has about twenty self contained apartments and drove round to ours where we were greeted by our neighbours - Jim and Sue! They are in the apartment next door.
    We have a lot of space in this apartment so are able to get everything unpacked and Jane was able to catch up on the washing before we popped over the road to the Whitehaven estate to taste the Sauvignon Blanc - when in Rome etc...
    They have an excellent restaurant here and we were joined by Jim and Sue with the major topic of conversation being where are we going to watch the rugby. The hotel has a small bar but no TV so we finished up all coming back to our room to watch it. In the days leading up to the match there was a lot of confidence here that the All Blacks were going to win whilst recognising that England were a good team. Their view was that if they played as well against England as they had against Ireland it would be a comfortable victory - not so!
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  • Day26

    Mt Vernon

    December 26, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Today it was time to say goodbye to Motueka and the beautiful Abel Tasman as it’s slowly time for me to travel south, I also want to see places I haven’t been to before. 😉

    I was a long time unsure where I should go but was, in the end, deciding to go to Blenheim, as I had never been there before. I took with a woman from Greece, as she needed a ride and we had a nice trip together sharing our experiences with each other!
    I dropped her off in Blenheim and went to Mt Vernon!
    My plan was to walk up to the lookout and the over the loop track back to the Carpark. I may have missed, that this is a really steep hike up the hill. The first part was very easy and very nice but then the steep part started and I was asking myself, what the hell am I doing here?! 🙈😂
    This was a real challenge to motivate myself to walk all the way up to the top, but it was sooo worth it!! The view was amazing over the hills, Blenheim and to the ocean! 😍
    I was up there for around 40 minutes, as I a conversation with a woman from France who was tried to get work here as a teacher and told me, that it is so hard to get the paper and so on to get the working visa, even though she had found a job already, it’s was kind of impossible.

    As she is going home soon but wants to come back in February with her son to travel I could give her a lot of tips for that and we also walked all the way back to the Carpark together in the end!

    Being back by the Carpark I had to find a campground for the night.
    I could not choose better! I went to Ward and found a lovely small campground, not busy at all and cheap as well! I really liked it here!

    I spend the evening with a couple from Germany talking about everything and went to bed way too late again 🙈😂
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  • Day81

    Mount Vernon

    December 20, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    An meinem letzten Tag auf der Südinsel habe ich mich auf den Mount Vernon (als richtigen Berg würde ich das jetzt nicht bezeichnen) gewagt und würde es auf jeden Fall wieder tun: man hatte Aussicht über den Ozean, die Berge und die Stadt Blenheim. Es war echt atemberaubend und hat trotz der Hitze total Spaß gemacht. 🏃Read more

  • Day183


    April 13, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Uz x dni jsem z toho nervozni jak sanky v lete. A dnes rano se to konecne stalo - vzala jsem svoje milovane auticko na WOFku. Presne 2 dny pred vyprsenim te stavajici (neni cas, makam jak sroubek a pres zelandsky work-life balance a pracovni dobu Po-Pa 8-17 vlak nejede :-().
    Moje idea: vymenim 2 gumy - za 220 dolacu. Verdikt mechanika: 1 guma (stejne vymenim 2), brzdove desticky, serizeni geometrie, pas, zadni svetlo.... - za gumy + 300 dolacu. No co se da delat, mohlo to byt i horsi.
    Mira me sledoval ve svem vraku, chci rict backpackerskem aute :-), nechali jsme Toyotu v Tyrelandu a do prace jsem dojela asi s 15minutovym zpozdenim. Za 5 5 mi "gumaci" sdelili, ze pneu nevymenili, protoze je v sobotu vyprodali. Ale dorazi zitra. Pry sorac. Zadny sorac! Rano v 7:30 jsem tam a hezky mi to pak s novymi gumami hodi do Redwood Station na geometrii a zbytek. Ze pry jo... a zas sorac. No to jsem teda zvedava. Se z toho jejich work-life balancu zblaznim :-/.
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  • Day171

    Wither Hills

    April 1, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Tak takto by to neslo. V praci nedelam nic jineho, nez porad jen jim a stojim (az na par kroku od trouby ke drezu a zpet) na miste a za chvilku bych se nevesla do dveri. Nemluve o tom, ze je v planu zdolat spoustu vysokych hor, a na to musi byt clovek pekne v kondici.
    Dnes jsem skoncila brzo (taky jsem zacala v 5 :-/!), a tak zbyla spousta casu na to jit se hezky probehnout. Energie, te uz bylo po vcerejsim flamovani s kolegy o dost min... taky me ty kopecky (hlavne nahoru, dolu to slo celkem samospadem :-)) pekne potrapily. Ale ty vyhledy z Mt. Vernonu! A ty dlouhe stiny nadchazejiciho vecera!
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