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10 travelers at this place:

  • Day27

    Camping, einmal teuer bitte

    January 1 in New Zealand

    Heute müssen wir in ein Zimmer auf dem Campingplatz buchen, weil sonst alles weg ist...
    Naja bisschen Schlaf in einem richtigen Bett tut uns nach zwei Stunden in der letzten Nacht und paar Minuten im Auto auch mal ganz gut...

  • Day497

    It's not everyday you can say you've walked around the crater of an active volcano. Well this is what we achieved today! After an early wake up we were pleased to find our van started first time despite the cold weather. We layered up and headed to the marina to board our boat for the day. We had a group of school children on board with us who looked about 16 and rather annoyingly they had the most disorganised teacher ever. We waited at least 20 minutes on the boat while she tried to work out why she had one extra person than she should do and what to do with this extra child. Eventually we pulled away from the harbour and headed out to sea. The journey to White Island took about 2 hours but it was rather nicely broken up by spending time watching gannets feeding and being followed by a whole pod of dolphins who were really interacting with the boat. It was a really cool 15 minutes and an added bonus to the whole trip. Eventually we edged closer to this mysterious island that was puffing out steam and gas. We were all geared up in hard hats, gas masks and life jackets before getting taken across to the island in groups of 8 on a small inflatable jet boat. We entered near an old factory where early settlers tried to mine for sulphur. It wasn't too successful apparently and the factory now lies in ruin. The crater had lots of pressure points and mounds which can explode at any moment as the temperature and pressure builds below the surface. We learnt how to spot them and were given strict instructions to follow in the guides footsteps only. Luckily we were split into two groups of 20 or so which made this easier. As we headed further from the beach and closer to the crater's lake the gases really started to build up. We were told to use our masks whenever we wanted and given sweets to suck to stop our throats drying out. Even with the masks on and the sweets it was pretty intense at the back of your throat especially when we stood near some geysers that were emmiting plenty of sulphur. The lake was such a lovely turquoise blue colour but it apparently has been all colours from grey to orange depending on the bacteria that's thriving the most at that time. The volcano has erupted a couple of times in the last 20 years and when this happens it only shoots out ash and hot rocks but not lava. What's amazing is the ash is a different colour each time so you can see the layers built up from different eruptions on cross sections of rock. The last one was red and it was easy to look around and see how much the ash covered the whole area. Our guide has even been on the volcano during an earthquake which sounded incredibly scary. There were some geologists working while we were there and one American woman was obsessed with wanting to speak to them. Of course our guides said we couldn't interrupt them but she continually encouraged her children to wave and take photos of them until they come over. It got quite annoying really, even for us, and in the end it was no surprise when her daughter turned around and said "mum, if you love scientists do much why don't you just become one!" She toned it down a bit after that. After a look around the factory ruins we were soon back on the boat after such an awesome experience. We did a loop around the island and even saw seals on the rocks. On the way back we had a complimentary lunch which was quite extensive before the longest boat journey in the world to get back to shore. A million hours later we were in our van and heading to a campsite out of town for the night. It's turned out to be a home for migrant workers more than a campsite but after such an amazing day it doesn't matter how pants and overcrowded the campsite is!Read more

  • Day79

    Napier - Rotorua

    March 21, 2017 in New Zealand

    Gisborne empfing uns mit zwei vollen Regentagen. Wir schlenderten durch die Stadt und verbrachten den Rest im gemütlichen YHA Hostel. Geplant wäre eigentlich die Küstenstrasse von Gisborne nach Opotiki gewesen, da es aber durch und durch regnete, entschieden wir uns den direkten Weg nach Opotiki zu nehmen.😐 Auf dem Weg fuhren wir noch an einer 130 Jahre alten Brücke vorbei, max. Gewicht: 10 Personen. Wir verweilten zwei Nächte in einem alten Wohnwagen direkt am Meer. Die Tage zogen sich dahei, da das Wetter sich nicht besserte. Eine Nacht verbrachten wir noch in einem eigenen Appartment in Whakatane, geführt von einer netten Frau. Eine Nacht früher als geplant trafen wir dann in Rotorua ein. Rotorua riecht man, bevor man es sieht! Auf dem Weg dort hin besichtigten wir bereits die ersten kleinen Schwefelseen.😊Read more

  • Day59

    Back in Auckland, Mount Eden

    December 4, 2016 in New Zealand

    Since we had to wait in Auckland at least one more night, we booked us for the night a hostel downtown and went out tp Mount Eden with the bus.

    The next day we had to shop some food and sell Corinna's old sleeping pad via local online trading platform.

    Ah, yes. And we opened that day our first joint bank account, with the national Kiwi bank. Saves us the hustle of balancing costs out and not to spend currency conversion costs anymore.Read more

  • Day73

    Island view holiday park

    December 18, 2016 in New Zealand

    Discovered through a last minute booking online we got a cabin at a extremely luxurious holiday park for ourselfs for just about 30€ a night. And what this park got was unique:

    A pretty modern pool, dirctly on the ocean, a tennis court, kajak rental and a beach volleyball field. Free wifi and a pretty well equipped kitchen. So we easily stayed there just another night and enjoyed life!

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