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  • Day38

    Kayaking along the Waitangi River

    October 23, 2016 in New Zealand

    Today was a pretty chilled out day. We have another night at this campsite and so we were in no hurry to get packed up this morning. We had the usual sandwich for breakfast and enjoyed relaxing outside with a cup of tea. We discussed the morals of dolphin watching as there are a few tours here with opportunities for swimming to, but it all seems a bit too much like a money making opportunity and not something the dolphins probably enjoy. Having done some reading we will be staying clear of the dolphin 'eco' tour which seems to hunt for them all day and will be doing a boat tour of the Bay of Islands instead, which may result in some dolphin spotting should they be about. We will also be doing that in a few days when we come back from the 90 mile beach as it's the holiday weekend and so lots of the locals are about on holiday at the minute.

    Back to today though, we set off for a walk into the town and found a place to have some lunch. We were cheapskates and shared a 12 dollar pizza, no drinks, but we're punished when we asked about WiFi. We asked for the password having seen the WiFi available on our phone and were told "we don't have WiFi" which was a bit of a joke, surely they know we can see it. Anyway, the girl next to Rob at the bar, who also looked like she was travelling, kindly came and told us that they did of course have WiFi and told us the password. They will get a poor service review on trip adviser now and they are on the list! The pizza however was really good, so we also kind of want to go back....🤔

    Shortly after this we went to book the kayaking. We then found out the advert is in town but they launch from near where we are camping so we had to walk all the way back 😣

    We were also a bit late in the day by this point to hire for more than a couple of hours and so we chose to paddle upstream to the waterfall we had heard about. It was high tide too so we also had access to the mangrove forests which we got to paddle through. It was pretty awesome and we only crashed into a few trees...oops! We had to duck a few times to paddle under branches and we also spotted lots of oysters on the rocks scattered on the estuary floor.

    We saw many many birds, some of them flying right beside us, just above the surface if the water. We also saw one though that was hanging strangely from a branch by its beak. Not sure what had happened but it didn't look very alive 🙁
    On the plus side though we saw a kingfisher! It flew right across the river in front of us 🤗 seen them on two continents now!

    I also learnt on this journey that I am not the best at kayaking and tend to just cause us steer in the wrong direction, Rob however is much better, just more aggressive and occasionally made me feel as though I was going to rock out the boat lol. We tried to work together though and despite clashing paddles a few times we sort of got a good rhythm by the end (still veering to one side though). I also discovered it is not a good exercise for my back and after my lower back actually went numb, I was quite glad to get out again.
    It was a great little excursion though, beautiful surroundings and birdlife and the waterfall was also pretty beautiful. I didn't expect it to be part of the river and thought it might be to one side just falling in from stream. Instead we found the river we were paddling up just came to a stop where the waterfall crashed in from a ridge a few metres high. Maybe we will go again tomorrow by foot and explore the forests around it.

    We headed back to camp after the kayaking and settled down for some rum and food to some good music. We went for rice and soup again except this time we used less souo and had some chicken, leeks and carrot to fill it out. It was actually pretty delicious and I am not disappointed that there is enough left to eat tomorrow 😁

    Now, as the sun has set once again, we are sat inside enjoying music before another night in the Camper. I have to admit I thought this whole Camper van thing (especially as it is really a car) would feel quite cramped, but it is actually pretty spacious and I find myself looking forward to snuggling into the surprisingly comfy bed in the evenings.

    Now for some sneaky chocolate before bed time 😋
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  • Day19

    Death Road part two

    October 4, 2016 in New Zealand

    It felt great to reach the end and we were all pretty tired by this point too. It was also mega hot now as we were basically in the jungle and we had all stripped down to our most basic layers. We had gone from freezing cold to hot and humid in the space of a few hours. It was also amazing to hear all the jungle noises again and we took a few moments to take photos of the river we had been viewing from up high, which now ran under a bridge by the village we were in.

    We hopped back on the bus after taking some survivor photos (no-one even fell over) and we were given t shirts too as a souvenir. We headed 5 mins down the road to a place where a lunch buffet had been put on, a free beer was on offer and a swimming pool was available to dunk in. The lunch was great, plenty of meat, pasta and rice and the few sips of beer I stole from Rob were pretty good too!
    We headed for a swim after chatting to a few of our fellow bikers and came across the most adorable kittens and their mum playing amongst some wooden pallets. There were so many of them and they were so cute! We stood and watched for ages but don't have many photos as they were mostly on Robs now stolen phone 😣

    The pool was a bit nippy and so took a while for us to brave it, but we did eventually! It was pretty glorious once inside and we enjoyed a bit of a swim and a few ball games before getting out and basking in the sun whilst listening to the birds and watching the butterflies.
    Jubee our guide was being followed and clung to by a young girl who seemed besotted with him (was very cute as she was only about 10 and she wouldn't not leave him alone) and when he decided to get on his bike and pull some stunts for her he managed to fall over hard and gained quite a few cuts and bruises, oops! The only person to fall over and it wasn't even on Death Road😛

    Eventually it was time to head back to La Paz. We got back on the bus and turned on the tunes for the 3 hour journey back up. This time we used the highway! It started to get dark and the clouds further up were so thick that it became a joke that we hadn't actually survived yet. It was a little scary and we had to keep overtaking lorries that were too slow in the clouds. It got a bit much for the Italians apparently and one of the men suprised us all when he stood up and stormed to the driver to shout "NO, STOP NOW, STOP, NO MORE, NO MORE!!" We were all a bit taken aback. It was a little scary yes but also none of us had driven this road a hundred times before and the driver knew the road alot better and could see ahead alot further than any of us. Jubee explained this, and that fact that from the back of the bus it looks a lot worse, but the Italians refused to allow us overtake any more though and so the music was turned off, the mood was a bit sombre and we sat behind a lorry going at 10mph whilst all the lorries we had just passed over took us both. At this rate we would be in La Paz in several long hours. Eventually the driver decided enough was enough and we began overtaking again, I think most of the bus glad as we wanted to be back in La Paz.

    Eventually we arrived back and after enjoying one of the beautifully made pizzas from the hostel we crashed out for the night. I felt quite ill and flu like at this point and the aches from the day didn't help so I was pretty much out like a light as soon as my head hit the pillow.

    All in all a great and exciting day!
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  • Day14

    Paihia

    November 23, 2016 in New Zealand

    Auf unserer Reise Richtung Norden machen wir Stopp in Paihia. Die mitten in der Bay of Islands liegenden Küstenstadt gilt als touristischer Höhepunkt des Nordens. Von hier starten diverse Ausflugsboote in die Bucht, um die unzähligen, meist unbewohnten Inseln, zu umfahren. Ein Ranger, den wir auf unserer letzten Wanderung getroffen haben, nannte diese Fährunternehmen Liebevoll die Pacific-Mafia. Daher ist schonmal klar, dass wir keine Bootsrundfahrt machen. 😂

    Nachdem wir unsere Vorräte (Wasser, Nudeln, Reis, Äpfel, Bananen, Gemüse, Haferflocken und Peanut Butter) wieder aufgefüllt hatten, versuchten wir uns wieder in meditativen Angeln. Wir haben also beschlossen nichts zu fangen😴.

    Den nächsten Tag haben wir entspannt begonnen. Neben einem ausgedehnten Frühstück wurde gelesen, gesonnt, telefoniert und geschlafen.

    Am Nachmittag mit aufgeladenen Reserven machten wir uns auf den Haruru Fall Treck zu bezwingen. Dieser führte uns durch Urwald und Mangrovenwälder, die nur über einen Holzsteg zu überwinden waren. Die Mangroven-Wurzeln werden regelmäßig bei Flut von Meereswasser bedeckt. Die bieten eine Nahrungsquelle für Fische und Schutz für Wassergetier, wie Schnecken und Krebsen.

    Auf dem Weg kamen wir an Bäumen vorbei, die wie Aufzuchtstationen für Vögel wirkten. Wo man hinsah waren überall Nester von unterschiedlichen Vogelarten, die nebeneinander ihren Nachwuchs verpflegten.

    Am Ende des Trails lockte der Haruru Wasserfall. Seinen Namen hat dieser von dem Geräusch, das er erzeugt. Wir haben zwar kein Haruru hören können, aber die Maori werden sich dabei, vor all den Jahren, etwas gedacht haben. 😁

    Achse, auf dem Weg haben wir unserer ersten Kiwi gesehen. Zwar nur auf einer Informationstafel, aber das ist schonmal ein Anfang. Der bereits erwähnte Ranger hat in 10 Jahren nur einen Kiwi zu Gesicht bekommen. Die Tiere sind sehr scheu, haben gute Ohren und sind nachtaktiv. Wir gucken also positiv in die Zukunft und werde sicher einen sehen😉.
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  • Day104

    Waitangi Treaty Ground

    April 14, 2016 in New Zealand

    Ort der Unterzeichnung des Vertrages zwischen der englischen Krone und den Maori-Stämmen über die außenpolitische Vertretung durch England (Maori Auffassung). Ist aber wohl schlecht umgesetzt worden, man streitet sich bis heute wie es dazu gekommen ist das jetzt statt 100% Landbesitz nur noch 5% übrig ist.
    Die Maori Aufführung war schön, das Museum ist bombastisch aufgemacht und nicht viel drin. 1840 ist ja auch noch nicht so lange her.Read more

  • Day240

    Bay of Islands

    March 6, 2016 in New Zealand

    Door naar onze bestemming in het noorden: Bay of Islands. Eind van de ochtend doen we de gordels weer om. Het verkeer wordt steeds iets rustiger, maar de weg (haarspeld)bocht rustig verder. Na een korte lunch op de parkeerplaats van 'Sheep World' - een typisch NZ soort kinderboerderij/attractie - zijn we niet heel veel later op de pittoreske camping Waitangi Beach Camp waar we ons van alle gemakken voorzien; kost een paar dollars, maar dan heb je ook wat. Na de enorme was zijn we er wel klaar mee. Alles stinkt naar India! De moeheid van India en de uitputtende reis naar NZ begint ons in te halen...Read more

  • Day50

    Cream Trip Bay of Islands

    March 20, 2017 in New Zealand

    Für heute war eine Bootsfahrt geplant, die um 9:30Uhr begann.
    Als wir auf das Boot kamen war alles voll mit Rentnern, die natürlich alle guten Plätze besetzt hatten. Aber wie vorhergesehen wurde es Ihnen schnell zu kalt draußen und Carla und ich schnappten uns einen Platz an der Reling ganz hinten.

    Nach einem kurzen Stop in Russel, wo wir noch weitere Renter einsammelten, ging es raus aufs offene Meer und dort trafen wir gleich mal auf einen riesigen Schwarm Delfine, die sogar ihre Babies im Schlepptau hatten. So wunderschön. Es waren so viele, dass ich mit meiner Kamera gar nicht hinterherkam. Im Serienmodus machte ich tausende Fotos von den springenden Delfinen und musste natürlich danach erstmal aussortieren. Aber egal, ich liebe Delfine einfach!!!*.*

    Anschließend fuhren wir an unzähligen Inseln vorbei wie "Motuarohia", "Montukiekie", "the Sisters",... bis zum "Motukokako" auch bekannt als "Hole in the Rock". Mit viel Fantasie kann man sogar einen Elefanten erkennen.;)

    Die meisten der Inseln sind zwar in Privatbesitz, dürfen aber nur mit Erlaubnis der Regierung bebaut oder verändert werden. So werden Strände, Wasser und die Natur erhalten.

    So gegen 13Uhr hatten wir dann eine Stunde Zeit um am Strand Lunch zu haben und die Sonne zu genießen. Und heute gab es Pasta*.* Der Strand war echt richtig schön und ich bin so froh, dass wir morgen den ganzen Tag einen Ausflug auf diese Insel gebucht haben.

    Wieder an Board war uns relativ kühl und so saßen wir drinnen.
    Auf dem zweiten Teil der Tour konnten wir einzelne Privathäuser sehen, brachten einem sogar seine Post und fuhren vorbei an vielen Vögeln und Seerobben.

    Kristallklares Wasser und Sonnenschein, einfach wunderschön. Carla und ich genossen jede Sekunde und vor allem jeden Sonnenstrahl.
    Aber ich glaube die Fotos zeigen mehr wie ich hier beschreiben kann.
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