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  • Day6

    Pananui Beaches

    December 26, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Afterwards, we continued our drive down to Pauanui, and we have had a really nice relaxing afternoon walking on the beaches! A bit cloudy bit still really nice for a walk 😊

    Nachdem wir dann in Pauanui angekommen sind, entspannten wir gemütlich am Strand. Ein bisschen wolkig, aber dennoch angenehm 😊

  • Day71

    Taupo by pirate boat

    December 9, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    No real plans today, after yesterday where we managed to cram in loads.
    Our first stop was to book the Tongariro crossing for tomorrow at the tourist office.
    We went to the moon crater walk but was closed for filming.
    So booked a sailing boat to see some rock carvings. The boat also included beer and pizza. 😁. Had a very knowledgeable lady at the helm who told us all about local volanology info. Apparently the lake is a super volcano, which is well overdue.
    Very relaxing and informative.
    Did a small amount of shopping followed by sitting on the beach on the lake side. I think this is probably the first time in 2 months we have actually stopped and done nothing for over an hour.
    Got to the campsite and got onto the high ridge with a great view. The lady next to us got very arsey about us spoiling her view, even though we were well out of her way. She also had words with anyone else who parked near us. She then proceeded to spend most of the evening on the bench by the beach. Some people must just enjoy being angry.
    With a 5.20am start tomorrow morning we started to get all our hiking gear ready and made some food. Then watched the sunset whilst having some wine.
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  • Day77

    Heading north

    December 15, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Woke up in the car park campsite that we had to ourselves. Decided the view wasn’t good enough to accompany our breakfast so we took a short drive to a nearby bay, parked up and enjoyed a waterfront view to start the day.
    Then headed further north to a surf spot. Lovely beach and some good surf but unfortunately there was a surf life saving competition on so the rental shops were closed. We watched a few rounds of kids competing and when the wind picked up we headed back to the van to explore trip advisor.
    Top of the list and close by was karangahake gorge so we set off. We arrived as it started to rain so I had a little nap and Louis did some admin. When the sun came out again we did a walk through the gorge and a tunnel that was running through a section, quite cool.
    We were then on the road again and heading further north to some free camping spots. The Lord of the rings movie has been the soundtrack for our past few journeys, with Louis reciting most of the film!
    We found the free camping spot, which had a great view of the beach. Next to us was a walk to a 360 view of the area which was well worth the climb. Some pretty impressive houses too.
    Back to the van for a shower, beer, pasta while we wait for sunset.
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  • Day64

    Raglan, start of North Island. NZ.

    December 2, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Off and on the road by 9am. Had to try and track down a camera shop as my camera got damaged by a wave. First one reccomended we discuss with Canon directly and luckily they were just down the road. Very nice man with a lord of the rings dwarf beard said he would give me a note for insurance. Whoop.
    Admin done we started driving south towards Bride Veil Falls. A lovely 50m high waterfall, surrounded by lush vegetation. Weirdly, all around this spot the whole area looks like the green grass land from The Shire.
    After that we hit the coast and came across a dirt road going north. I fancied going to Raglan to see if we could hire some surf boards. The dirt road felt like it was going to shake the camper apart. Glad to get off it without a wheel falling off. Views along the cliff were amazing. It's like Cornwall on steroids.
    Found a spot from the local council website that was marked as permitted for camping. Went to the tourist info to confirm it was ok, and she said it was absolutely not ok. She had a meeting with the council the next day, so was glad we highlighted it.
    With a little bit of light remaining we walked along the beach to a fish and chip place. 10 dollars for flounder and chips. Bargain. Never had it before, easy big bones and tasty.
    Back to a different (and confirmed as safe) free camping spot for the night.
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  • Day61

    Crayon day

    November 29, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Breakfast was not on the beach, so took a short walk and flew the drone before setting off towards the crayon factory. Had a brief stop off on the coast to take some photos. The whole East coast is steep sided, rugged and covered in rainforest type vegetation.
    Crayon factory was not quite what we expected with more of a make your own Crayon rather than where they actually manufacture them. We still had fun compression moulding our own crayons into the shape of Taiwan and painting our arms. After much debate we drove all the way to the North of Taipei to a hot spring area. They had a small hot spring in our chalet, so we all had a go in that.
    Then a meal in the empty restaurant. Much like chinese from home.
    They were playing Christmas songs, which didn't feel quite right, given it is so hot.
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  • Day7

    Pauanui Beach

    April 12, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Spent the evening together with Damian in their Beach house nearby beautiful Pauanui beach. Damian drove us back with his Golf cart in the middle of the night :-).
    Early Friday morning I went for a long walk at the beach.

  • Day38

    Day 38/72: Raglan

    December 4, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Our day started with thunder and lightening over the campsite! Tom decided to go for a beach run in the rain, and when he got back we both went for a swim in the sea, approximately 10m from our campervan. The water was cold, and the rain didn't do much to warm us, but the black sand beach and the hills surrounding the water was spectacular.

    We had breakfast in our campervan, and headed to the village of Raglan to wander around the shops and contemplate how we could get either surfboards or skateboards back on the plane to the UK.

    We got pulled pork sandwiches for lunch and then headed to one of the world famous surfing beaches and sat in our camper van and watched the surfers while eating. The waves were consistently big and incredible to watch.

    After a walk down onto the beach to play some tictactoe on the sand, we sat in our campervan and played a few games of cards while we waited for our surfing lesson. The lesson was great! The waves were big, and we are both improving a lot, and eager to get back in the water. It hurts a lot less to fall off a surf board than a wakeboard (at least on small waves anyway)! The instructor was absolutely great, but bizarre: very much a surfer dude.

    We drove to a pub and had a ridiculous amount of food for dinner, our eyes were somewhat bigger than our stomachs, and we got an early night.
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  • Day18

    Kawhia Beach

    December 1, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Black sand and cliffs. Also, it rains here, regularly as we experienced today, quite opposite of Australia. The countryside really looks make believe, absolutely unique country, pictures can’t show it.

  • Day29

    21-2 Wharepapa

    February 21, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Vanochtend eerst nog naar het grot-museum geweest. Wel aardig. Niet specta. Boodschappen in Otorohanga, gewoon bij Countdown. Die verkopen dingen. Handig hoor. Handiger dan de General Store in Waitomo.
    Daarna in 26 graden met 100 tot 125% vochtigheid (het miezerde af en toe) door een beetje saaie streek. Paar maïsvelden, veel kaalgegeten heuvels, af en toe een (productie)bosje. En dat met het gevoel of je door vloeibare natte ouwe sokken fietst. Mwah.
    Vlakbij mijn "camping", een school waar je mag kamperen, opeens weer mooie Karst rotsen. En na zessen trekt het weer helemaal open. Voor niets de stormlijnen gezet voor het naderende onweer.
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  • Day31

    23-2 Orakei Korako

    February 23, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Na een nacht onafgebroken regen, wordt het om half 7 droog. Nou ja! Wat is zoiets dan heerlijk. Het fietspad was volgens het boekje makkelijk, volgens het bordje hier gemiddeld. Het begint prachtig op vlonders langs het meer. Maar zodra ik over de helft ben: hellinkjes van 10% tot onmeetbaar, en mijn hellingsmeter gaat tot 26%. Als een soort sterkste vrouw van Nederland zeul ik mijn fiets omhoog. "Beetje" vermoeiend, maar het lukt weer wel. Maar goed, omdat het naar beneden haarspeldt, doe ik dik anderhalf uur over 12 km. Het vervolg is ook gemiddeld, maar ik mag de eerste 3 km alleen maar over de weg. Bevalt me prima, dus daar blijf ik tot de afslag.
    Ook de "tramway" blijft niet onder de 4%, wat ik wél gehoopt had. Wel een stuk minder steil, geasfalteerd (had ik niet op gerekend omdat hij niet op mijn kaart staat) en super rustig. Ik denk wel af en toe: waarom doe ik dit? Omdat het zo leuk is als je het gedaan hebt! Ik fiets stiekem een privé weg waar ik een permit voor moet hebben, het zóu gevaarlijk kunnen zijn. Nou, die snelweg die ik anders had moeten doen was zeker weten gevaarlijk. En inderdaad; niets aan de hand. En zo arriveer ik om 3 uur in Orakei. Ik had gisteren gebeld of ik met een tent ook gratis mocht kamperen, mocht. Poedelen in het warme water van een stroompje het meer in, biertje, ik kan opladen en ze hebben zelfs wifi! Wat een top camping! Morgen ga ik bezienswaardigen.
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