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    • Day 115

      Heading east to dunedin

      January 22, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Woke up in the morning and got the tent packed away quickly! Getting quite a system for setting up and packing away.
      On our way out of Owaka we stopped to get some supplies at 4Square and checked with the local I-site any must do’s along the route. She recommended driving the South scenic road, even though it was a bit longer.
      Our first stop was Nugget Point, walking out to a light house at the end of the cliffs. Great views. Then we carried on along the coast and past some beautiful bays until we arrived in Dunedin. Heading straight to St Clair beach to have lunch. After our pit stop we set up our tent at a nearby campsite and then went to the Settlers museum. A huge museum with lots of interesting Maori history and some cool transportation and communication items through the years.
      We left the museum when it closed and then enquired about a Speights brewery tour, to learn more about what the locals drink. Interesting tour and able to pull our own tasters.
      On our way back to the campsite we spotted a dominos, with a $5 menu and thought we’d save our noodles for another day! It wasn’t quite like home but at £2.50 a pizza, can’t really complain.
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    • Day 116

      More factory tours

      January 23, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Had a plan this morning to go to Tunnel beach at low tide, but unfortunately it was a bit grey with rain coming in. Decided instead to continue the factory tours and found a local place making chocolate. Finally found some parking close to the factory and had time for a coffee next store, where they make peanut butter.
      The OCHO chocolate tour was really interesting, offering a background of the company and their direct purchase from Pacific islands, which means they pay the communities that supply to beans. We were then able to watch the process in action, and hearing about the different steps.
      We were then able to test some of their chocolate and compare it to other brands.
      The weather wasn’t improving much so we decided to head back towards Wanaka where Pete and Cathers had let us know the sun was shining. On route we stopped to get some cheese at a little supplier. It was a slightly weird place with limited information about the origins of the company and their production lines. But some tasty cheese.
      Amazing views once again throughout our journey and back to wanaka and chilling out lake side. Cathers and pete were busy early evening but we joined them for food once they were done.
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    • Day 117

      Rocky Mountain

      January 24, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Cathers and Pete were busy with work today so we made some plans from the list of local must do’s they’ve been making for us.
      We decided it would be good to do a walk in preparation for our multi day hike next week. So we packed our bags as if we were heading out over night and drove to the base of Rocky Mountain. We had a lovely walk up to get views of Lake Wanaka. A 3 hour return walk so not too taxing but enough to get pretty sweaty with the bags and the heat.
      We then had time for a quick shower before joining a bigger group to head to a local rugby match, the highlanders vs the crusaders. Normally the matches are held in Dunedin so it was fun for everyone to watch their team on the doorstep. We stopped at a food truck before heading home to watch Harry Potter.
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    • Day 118

      Hawea River paddle

      January 25, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      After a few too many ciders at the rugby we were slow to get going this morning. But Cathers made some cheese scones and we got some coffee which helped us get organised with a plan for the day. Decided on another SUP adventure so drove out to the Hawea dam and set up the car logistics.
      We were unsure how quick the flow would be but it looked ok to give it a go.
      Quite quickly I went in after getting caught out by a rock in the rapids and for a little while I was worried about what else we might come along. But after a few successful goes through some rapids I got more confident and everyone was enjoying the river and the sunshine. As with the last paddle we underestimated the distance and finally got off the river after nearly a 9 mile paddle. Making us late for our next plans for a backyard vineyard. We quickly got some supplies and joined friends at the lake. They pick a local vineyard and get all the wines they can from the local shops and do their own tasting session, with tasty platters. Lovely way to sample what the vineyard has to offer without having to drive and a lot more wine and food for a lot less money! Another great day in New Zealand 😊
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    • Day 86

      Blown away

      January 31, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      We woke up in our tent. Which is the standard opening of our footprints, and we're sorry for the repetitiveness. But this time we were literally glad our tent hadn't flown away. It was still very windy. We took a much needed shower and had breakfast in the common kitchen area. Then we paid at the reception, as they weren't open anymore when we arrived yesterday evening.

      After some grocery shopping and getting some cash, we went to Demolition World: a 'village' of trash that someone built in their huge garden. It was interesting to look around, but nothing spectacular either. Mainly a lot of mannequins in differently styled houses like a trainstation or barbershop. It could've been set up better.

      We drove further northwest towards Fiordland. And had lunch on a parking with ocean view in Riverton. Then we made a stop in 'Cozy Nook', a bay with some fishing huts. We got out of the car and were literally blown away. The view of the wild ocean waves hitting rocks was also nice to see.

      The problem with such strong wind is that it really doesn't feel very inviting to leave the car. It also makes you very tired. So we did that only once more before leaving the coast: at Gemstone Beach, a beach with some very nice cliffs.

      Further inland the wind decreased and we choose to camp in the sunny and calm Tuatapere.
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    • Day 383


      October 30, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

      V Tuatapere toho moc neni. Pan v infocentru o nas moc nejevil zajem a v malem Bushmans muzeu byla smesice nejruznejsich veci. Cernobile dobove fotky drevorubcu byly ale docela cool. A shromazdit nejruznejsi vystrizky z novin taky asi dalo spoustu prace...Read more

    • Day 83

      Tuatapere, Neuseeland

      January 10, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C


      In Tuatapere wartete auf uns wieder ein kleines Abenteur, denn wir kletterten in eine Glühwürmchenhöhle. Wir wären aber nicht wir, wenn wir uns auch bei dieser Aktion nicht das Leben schwer machen würden, denn für uns war es sehr schnüssig nur eine Taschenlampe für DREI Personen in eine stockdunkele HÖHLE mitzunehmen! Nach den ersten Metern bereuten wir dies wieder, denn leichter wurde die Kletterei dadurch nicht. Ständig mussteman sich bücken, zwuschen Felsbrochen sich durchschlängeln oder an rutschigen Stellen springen Was für manchen schon bei guter Sicht für Schwierigkeiten sorgt, mussten wir bei totaler Finsternis bewältigen. Aber für die Glühwürmchen lohnte sich die einstündige Höhlenerkundung definitiv. Obwohl sie nichts tun außer zu leuchten, wenn man ganz leise ist, hatten sie eine beruhigend Wirkung auf uns. Später machten wir uns noch einen Spaß und schlenderten über die Schafsweide, unter welcher sich die Höhle befand.Read more

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