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Tauranga City

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  • "New Zealand is beautiful!"
    Ok, agreed!
    Tauranga has one of the most impressive beaches i've ever seen - by the way - the whole town is really nice!

    The only drawback - being in civilisation - no glass of wine with your friends at the beach.. :-/

    Good news - until now - we've only moved forward. Now, we're on our way back. Pretty much the same route until Bali via Australia. Means - the end of my contract is getting closer :-)Read more

  • 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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  • Our plan to serve a 10 day Vipassana course abruptly changed on day zero of the course. A stark realization hit: that our skills of self sovereignty have not been engendered in the slightest. We went from absolute freedom and togetherness, constantly exploring and waking up somewhere new with another destination or mission at hand, to a strictly regimented timetable of tasks to accomplish and rules to follow, including Sila (which means morality and the according precepts of practicing noble speech, not harming others, eating vegetarian, not sleeping on luxurious beds and wearing appropriate clothes that respect the curvatures of the body). Going from one extreme to the other without creating some mental space and preparedness is like hopping on a plane somewhere not having packed anything at all. We lacked the foresight to predict such a collision of ideals, and it hit us like a brick wall as soon as we got there.
    Once leaving the centre, we sought to drastically rearrange our plans and question everything. We spent a week back in our favourite place, Mount Maunganui, at an Airbnb place that was very much owned by an awkward 12 year old cat who shed her fur as if she had leprosy. Spent most of our days going to the gym, getting coffee, and traversing the never-ending beach in flip flops. During the week, we both concluded that it was time for us to head home. We had exhausted ourselves financially and mentally. Finally having the chance to stay in one place for a while slowed things down enough for us to miss home. We set out so many life affirmations over the course of this trip about how we want to be more balanced in work/life and practice the things we want to practice when we get back. We felt the itch of Vancouver consume us.
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  • Saturday we drove from Wellington to mount Manganoui or Tauranga (both names are probably miss spelt.
    Caught up with Mike Blincoe the old bass player from the high grade. It was crate day which means you have to drink a crate of beer. The crates are wooden and full of long necks. I felt like Jake the muss from once were warriors. Sadly I failed but blincoe did manage to force a number of shots down my throat and sadly Sunday morning was very painful.
    Mike got me to walk up mt manganoui followed by a cafe for breakfast. What a sweet town. Reminded me of the Goldie with lots of fit bodies walking around in exercise clothing.
    We then visited some friends of Holly's for an epic BBQ dinner. Mmmm smoked chicken.
    After the feed we drove to raglan. As usual it was nice and bendy.
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  • 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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  • Nächster Stopp! :)

    Am Sonntag vor einer Woche sind wir in der Bell Lodge angekommen, die in der Küstenstadt Tauranga liegt. Dort wurden wir von Sheree empfangen, der die Unterkunft gehört und einem Jobs anbietet. Vielleicht ist bald auch einer für uns dabei 
    Wir fühlen uns hier sehr wohl, da wir gleich auf viele nette Menschen getroffen sind. Die meisten kommen wie wir aus Deutschland, aber Koreaner, Franzosen & Kanadier sind auch dabei.
    Wir sitzen oft abends zusammen und spielen Karten. Shithead ist DAS Spiel hier in Neuseeland.
    Nebenbei haben wir alle noch einen kleinen Kater als Mitbewohner, der sich einfach zu jedem gerne hinlegt.
    In der letzten Woche haben wir zwei schöne Ausflüge gemacht, die in den nächsten Footprints folgen :)

    Liebe Grüße Jessi & Kim
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  • Da das Wetter hier in Neuseeland momentan echt traumhaft ist, haben wir uns dazu entschlossen einen Ausflug zum Mount Maunganui zu machen, um von dort oben die wunderschöne Aussicht zu genießen und uns anschließend im kühlen Meer abzukühlen. Der, bei dem Wetter, doch etwas anstrengende Weg auf den Berg hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt und insgesamt war es ein perfekter letzter Tag mit unseren Zimmermitbewohnerinnen, die sich jetzt schon auf die Weiterreise begeben haben. Zum Abschluss diesen Tages haben wir uns dann noch ein Eis gegönnt und eine Bar gefunden, die sich selbst nicht allzu ernst zu nehmen scheint 😁 das Hostel wird nun immer leerer, da die meisten schon weitergereist sind und ich denke auch ich werde nächste Woche hier abhauen und mich auf den Weg nach Gisborne machen! 😊Read more

  • Heute war der absolut geilste Tag überhaupt. Angefangen hat er damit das die Agentin von dem Farming Büro vllt einen Job für mich hat. Mal schauen wie sich das entwickelt. Die Nacht über hat es geregnet und es war eisig kalt. Aber man konnte die Sterne super sehen.
    Heute morgen bin ich dann los auf dem Te Waihou Walkway in Richtung Blue Springs. Die Blue Springs ist eine wunderschöne Quelle die einen sehr schönen Fluss speist. Zusätzlich kommen da 70% des Trinkbaren Wassers in Neuseeland her. Pro Minute Fliesen 42 Kubikmeter aus der Quelle. Das Wasser ist sehr sauber, da es 50-100 Jahre dauert bis es durch den Fels gesickert ist. Deshalb auch der Name.

    Nach den Blue Springs bin ich weiter mit dem Auto zu den Wairere Falls. Schon wieder ein Wasserfall aber der war echt wieder sehenswert. Der Aufstieg war sehr mühsam aber ich hab mir gedacht das ich den Aufstieg auch schneller schaffe als angegeben. Laut Wanderplan sollte er 1.5h dauern. Da ich den halben Berg hochgejoggt bin hab ich nur 1h gebraucht. War danach aber ziemlich fertig 😓. Der Ausblick hat sich aber gelohnt. Auch der Wanderweg war einfach super.

    Nach dem Wasserfall bin ich dann Richtung Tauranga gefahren auf den Campingplatz McLaren Falls Park. Ein wunderschöner Campingplatz mit der Möglichkeit im sehr kalten Wasser zu schwimmen, was ich nach der anstrengenden Wanderung auch gemacht hab.

    Als ich dann am Ufer chillen war, hat mich eine Gruppe Neuseeländer angesprochen. Nach einigem gequatsche haben sie mich eingeladen an Ihren Picknick teilzunehmen. Wie sich rausstellte sind sie hier, weil sie mit ihren Kajaks den River hochfahren wollen wenn es dunkel ist. Dort kann man dann Glühwürmchen beobachten in einer sehr engen Schlucht. Sie haben mich gleich eingeladen mitzukommen. Diese Kajak Tour war einfach der Wahnsinn. Es war Stock dunkel, über uns der klare Sternenhimmel und rechts und links an den steilen Wänden hingen tausende von Glühwürmchen. Einfach geil. Leider keine Bilder weil es mir zu gefährlich war mit dem Handy im Kajak.
    Anschließend haben mich dann noch Paul & Eva gefragt ob ich nicht bei Ihnen schlafen will. Der Deal war das ich etwas Holz für sie mache und ich kann mal wieder in einem richtigen Bett pennen. So jetzt bin ich hier in Touranga bei Paul und Eva. Ach ja Eva kommt aus Österreich und war auch mal Backpackerin in New Zealand. Mal sehen was morgen abgeht.
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  • Am frühen Abend kam ich in Mount Maunganui an, einem kleinen Ferienort oberhalb von Tauranga in der Bay of Plenty. Hier hatte ich mir im Vorfeld einen schnuckeligen Campingplatz mit Strand- und Meerblick rausgesucht, an dem ich auch mein neues kleines Zelt einweihen wollte.
    Ich hatte große Pläne für den Folgetag: am Strand liegen und spazieren, im Meer plantschen, vielleicht eine Surfprobestunde oder eine Bootstour raus mit Delphinen schwimmen... Doch auch hier schlugen Regenwolken erbarmungslos zu und so verbrachte ich einen regnerischen Tag mit Shopping, in Cafés abhängen und viele leckere Flat Whites trinken.
    Am Abend gab es noch Einblicke in die lokale Kultur.
    Am nächsten Tag wachte mit einem tollen Sonnenaufgang auf. Doch dann ging es schon weiter nach Rotorua.
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  • Bevor es morgen wieder zurück nach Gisborne geht, haben wir heute nochmal einen Stopp auf einem schönen Campingplatz direkt am Papamoa Beach eingelegt. Für dieselbe Strecke, für die wir letztes Mal 4 Autos gebraucht haben, haben wir heute nur ein einziges gebraucht. Wir haben wirklich oft sehr großes Glück mit dem trempen :D

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