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Rotorua

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  • Day6

    Traekingschuhe Anekdote

    December 9, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Sicherlich haben schon einige von euch die Sendungen vom Neuseeländischen und Australischen Zoll gesehen, wie sträng die sind. Nun haben wir dieses auch einmal erleben dürfen😁😁👍
    1. Die Dame mit den blonden Haaren und der ältere Herr mit dem Bockbart haben auch uns bedient🥴😁
    2. Das TV Team war auch anwesend, ging aber gerade als wir an der Reihe waren.
    3. Wir mussten unsere Wanderschuhe zeigen, denn diese haben wir angegeben.
    4. Der ältere Herr hat gemeint, dass diese zu viel "Fremden Boden" aufweisen🤪🙈 ohne zu zögern und ganz nett ging er diese in einem Nebenraum reinigen🥴 als er zurückkam meinte er nur, dass jetzt sauber seien. Darauf fragte ich ihn wass die Reinigung jetzt kosten würde, er meinte für uns Schweizer sei das gratis😂😂. Er wollte nur noch wissen, ob wir Medikamente dabei haben, ja, wir zeigten ihm die Dose , und er nur lachend okay.
    Keine Frage nach Zigaretten und Alkohol oder sonst was.
    5. Hinter uns war ein Einheimischer, dieser hatte irgend was dabei, dass bestialisch gestunken hatte und auch noch blutete. Wir und die Zöllner haben sich die Nase🙊 zugehalten und sich fragend und lachend angeschaut und den Kopf geschüttelt,

    Die ganze Zollabfertigung war ein Erlebnis, und wir haben wieder einmal saubere Wanderschuhe👍👍 davon.
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  • Day121

    Neues Abenteuer

    January 14, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Die Zeit vergeht so schnell, bereits zwei Wochen seit meinem letzten Beitrag auf dem Weg nach Neuseeland.

    Die Zeit in Auckland war sehr intensiv. Neben Neujahr in welches ich mit 400 Backpackern gerutscht bin, den Barista Kurs den ich (erfolgreich ;)) absolviert habe, habe ich wieder einmal viel Zeit alleine im Airbnb verbracht und die ganzen Eindrücke der letzten Monate setzen lassen. Es gab einige Tage in denen ich sehr im Loch war und es mir schlecht ging.
    Denn auch während dem Reisen, wenn alles so perfekt scheint und man alle Freiheiten der Welt hat, gibt es eben solche Tage und das ist völlig okay. Es tat gut und mittlerweile konnte ich wieder ganz viel neue Energie und Lebensfreude tanken. Danke auch für meine Familie und Freunde die auch am anderen Ende der Welt für mich da sind.

    Ich habe mich für meine Reise von Norden nach Süden gegen einen Camper entschieden und für Busfahrten. Und bis jetzt hat diese Entscheidung alle meine Erwartungen übertroffen. Ich hab bereits so viele Leute kennengelernt, so viel erlebt in nur ein paar Tagen und ich bin erst am Anfang meiner Reise durch dieses unglaubliche Land.

    Für die ersten beiden Nächte habe ich mir das winzige Küstenörtchen Hahei ausgesucht. Hahei hat wunderschöne Strände, teilweise tritt am Strand warmes Thermalwasser aus. Die Tage habe ich mit Wandern, Baden im Meer, Yoga und Kochen verbracht. Die beiden Abende mit stundenlangen Kartenspielen auf der Terrasse, Lagerfeuer und Bier am Strand und Sterne beobachten. Gestern ging's dann weiter Richtung Süden nach Rotorua. Dieser Ort ist bekannt für seine geothermische Aktivität. In der Region Wai-O-Tapu konnten wir Blasen werfende Schlammlöcher und Geysire bestaunen. Dies war etwas völlig Neues für mich und liess mich Staunen.

    Ich könnte noch sooo Vieles erzählen, aber hier ist erstmal Schluss.
    Morgen geht's weiter an den Aniwhenua See. Das einzige Hostel/Lodge an diesem Örtchen liegt direkt am See :).
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  • Day74

    Sulfure et chute d'eau

    December 20, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Une petite odeur d'oeuf pourri entoure toute cette ville, connue pour ses sources thermiques et ses spa !
    Nous faisons juste un arrêt rapide pour voir le sulfure point, proche du lac, et ses airs de volcan !!
    Le mauvais temps nous pousse à partir plus vite que prévu, pour nous rapprocher du lac Taupo au plus tôt

    On en profite sur le chemin pour voir les chutes de Huka qui sont impressionnantes 🤩

    En bonus: une petite boule de poil qui est venu nous faire des petits calins dans un freecamp 🐱
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  • Day13

    Das Auenland

    January 9, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Heute haben wir es ruhig angehen lassen und ein bisschen am See gechillt. Unsere Führung durchs Auenland startete zu 16 Uhr. Wir wurden mit Hobbitbussen aufs Gelände gefahren. Und haben das Gelände in Gruppen erkundet. Sir Peter Jackson hat es ganz genau genommen und einen komplett unechten Baum mit ca. 10000 einzelnen handgearbeiteten Blättern anfertigen lassen. Vielleicht erkennt ihr ihn ja😊 Da ihm die Farbe der Blätter nicht gefiel musste man diese dann auch nochmal umpinseln lassen...Ein Perfektionist halt.
    Ich könnte mir auch vorstellen dort ein Häuschen zu besitzen. Zum Abschluss der Tour wurden wir alle noch auf ein Getränk im "Green Dragon" eingeladen. Den Abend haben wir dann in großer Runde beim Barbecue ausklingen lassen.
    Ein sehr schöner Tag😍
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  • Day272

    At Xerox's Again

    March 2, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Helen and I made it to Xerox's home on Lake Rotorua without issue. Since X was at work, another hasher collected us in town and took us to the grocery store and then he house. We made a nice salad, cheese, and fruit, then waited for X and the kids to get home.

    Later that evening, since it was Friday night the three of us and the fourth who picked us up went to the pub. We picked up a nice curry dinner on the way home, then X and I broke out the music books. We had another great musical night.

    Today, we made breakfast then popped up to the hospital to visit Jubes. She's the hasher who let me drive her campervan back from the south island because she badly broke her leg. Anyway, she's much better although still not able to put any weight on her leg. We just happened to be with her for the noon selfie. Yay!!

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day276

    Last Time in Rotorua (This Trip)

    March 6, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    After leaving Mount Maunganui, we headed back to Rotorua. On the way, we stopped at Boyes Beach on Lake Okareka at my suggestion for a better place than Blue Lake/Lake Tikitapu. Short Planks (see Day 239) lives there, so I knew how beautiful it was. The gang loved it.

    We hung out for about an hour, then drove into town where Helen picked me up and took me back to Xerox's. He and the kids got home around 17:00, then we all went to a Hasher couple's house for dinner and laughs.

    You've probably noticed that my hair is a different color. Lexy had a great time doing it and she did very well. Even Leon helped by holding my shirt when I bent over to shower out the goop.

    It was a short night, though, since the kids had school and X had work. Helen and I stayed up chatting, but eventually succumbed to sleepiness.

    I woke very early, so I took some pictures of the magnificent sunrise. I will miss this beautiful home in a beautiful if slightly stinky city. But X and the kids I will miss desperately. Leon gave me double hugs when they made their way out the door to school. Little man.

    Around 11:00, Helen took me into town to get back on the Stray bus, and we grabbed a light lunch at a cafe, where we are now.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish.✌️
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  • Day70

    Rotorua Part 1

    February 18, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Chris, Donna and I are in Rotorua for a few nights, but staying in an Air Bnb house, just on the outskirts of the town. You have to know that Rotorua is nick-named The Sulphur City as it has a rather unique, pungent aroma - somewhat like rotten eggs...

    The whole town is built over a geothermal area and apparently there is nowhere quite like this area in all of New Zealand. It is lovely. Numerous lakes, lush green forests, steaming hotspots and natural hot pools are inside and outside of this town. Views are always changing so we didn’t have fun trying to decide which photos to include.

    Rotorua can be an expensive place to visit but we were able to visit some wonderful places on a
    6 km walk, all for free. I will make this blog into two footprints as we have so many good photos.

    We started in Kuirau Park, a free public park in the northern end of Rotorua. Walking trails lead to numerous areas of vigorous geothermal activity. We were assured that as long as we stayed on the cool side of the safety fences, it would be generally quite safe. New eruptions do occur from time to time.

    In 2001 mud and rocks the size of footballs were suddenly hurled 10 metres into the air as a new steam vent spontaneously announced its arrival. Two years later, similar eruptions provided a real bonus for delighted visitors.

    In early Maori times the small lake in the park was much cooler and was known as Taokahu. Legends tell a story about a beautiful young woman named Kuiarau who was bathing in the waters when a taniwha (legendary creature) dragged her to his lair below the lake. The gods above were angered and made the lake boil so the Taniwha would be destroyed forever. From that time on, the bubbling lake and the steaming land around it have been known by the name of the lost woman, although the spelling has changed a little.

    In one area of the park, there was a long trough with hot water in it. We took our socks and shoes off and soaked our feet in the hot water. So nice...

    From the park, we walked to the Maori village of Ohinemutu. This place is home to the Ngāti Whakaue tribe, who gifted the land on which the city of Rotorua was built. The location was chosen for its lakeside setting and abundant geothermal energy, used for cooking, bathing and heating.

    The whole town seems to steam. As we walked along we could clearly hear hissing and bubbling sounds. Houses occupied by locals are dotted about amongst this bubbling activity and we kind of wondered how the villagers can live there. And then there is the rotten egg smell. I guess they have gotten used to it.

    We passed a community centre with lots of old carvings on it. Stories are told in the carvings (whakairo) with every swirl and cut having a meaning. This keeps the Maori history, culture and identity alive.

    A little further we watched a large group of kids on a school field trip learning Maori games with sticks. Wouldn’t you know, we met one of the teachers, Evan Harrison, whose sister teaches grade 1 at King George School in Guelph!!! That’s the school Chris taught at for his whole career and the school that our grandkids go to now. What a small world.

    Walking on we saw a pretty church and decided to go in. As churches go, St. Faith’s Anglican Church is tiny, but it packs a hefty punch. Once you step inside, your senses are assaulted from all sides.

    It is intimate and cozy and is covered with vibrant Maori carvings (whakairo), wall panels (tukutuku) along with Māori and European decorations of stained glass. One of the windows features a etched glass image of Christ wearing a Maori cloak, appearing to walk on the waters of Lake Rotorua, visible through the glass.

    Behind the church is a military graveyard and memorial. The tombs are above-ground due to the geothermal activity.
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  • Nov24

    Rotorua with Friends

    November 24, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    After having met our friends in Mount Maunganui we met up with Lucy, Maïlys and Emma in Rotorua again. We played mini golf, cooked dinner together and did a strip club themed escape room (we got out 💪🏼).Read more

  • Jan10

    Kuirau Park

    January 10, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Just a random park in Rotorua with loads of little hot pools, bubbling mud pools and steaming lakes. There's a lot of geothermal activity going on here. Just as everyone said it does smell quite eggy because of the sulphur 🥚Read more

  • Day214

    Our 10th anniversary

    April 8, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Today Laura and I celebrated our 10th anniversary together. Solana joined in the celebrations too, including making us a card and randomly saying "Happy Anniversary" to us throughout the day. We spent most of the day doing volcanic/geothermal activities, so the Earth moved for us on our anniversary! This morning in Taupo we went to some natural hot river pools - free for anyone to access and just at the side of the mighty Waikato river (1st photo). They were fantastic - geothermal hot water runs into the river, so it is like pools of hot bathwater but you can swim directly from them into the freezing cold river to cool off - a special place. After that we went up to Aratiatia Dam, a dam on the same river, that is opened every few hours - we timed our visit for one of these openings and it was quite an impressive sight, seeing thousands of litres of water rushing through to make white water rapids and many new pools in the river beyond the dam (2nd photo). Unfortunately, Solana and I had a fall when we were scrambling down to the viewpoint - it was minor but I now have 2 scraped knees, like a 4-year-old, and a ripped pair of trousers! We had a picnic lunch and then did a walk in the "Craters of the Moon" geothermal area (photos #3 & #4), where we saw many fumaroles (steam vents) and bubbling mud pools - it did look like an other-worldly place... We called into the honey centre on our way out of Taupo and got to see bees in their hives and learn some interesting facts - my favourite of which was that it would only take about 30g of honey to fuel a bee to fly all the way around the world!

    We drove on towards Rotorua, an area famed for its geothermal activity. On the way we visited Wai-O-Tapu, another volcanic area, with some pretty big and impressive sights. There, we saw some larger bubbling mud pools (5th photo), rocks and pools coloured in many different colours and shades by the minerals, more fumaroles (some only a couple of feet from the walkway!). Our favourite was the "Champagne Pools", so-called because of the many bubbles of carbon dioxide they contain (you can see the water actually fizzing), with amazingly striking colours around the edges of the pools (last photo). We arrived in Rotorua around teatime and immediately noticed that what people say about the whole place stinking of sulphur is entirely true! We went out for a delicious Japanese meal for dinner, then finished our celebrations by opening and enjoying the bottle of pink Pelorus fizz that we bought at the Cloudy Bay winery. Our motel room here also has a pool outside the bathroom that you can fill with geothermically heated water - so we made use of that too. It is a bit odd - you climb into it out of the bathroom window(!) but all 3 of us fitted into it easily and it was great to have our own private hot pool.

    Here's to many more adventures during the next 10 years and beyond...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Rotorua, روتوروا, Роторуа, רוטורואה, ROT, Distretto di Rotorua, ロトルア, როტორუა, 로토루아, Rotorua-nui-a-Kahu, ضلع روٹوروا, 罗托路亚