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  • Day36

    Day 36/72: Kayaking and Driving

    December 2, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We woke up in our campervan feeling very chuffed with ourselves that we'd had a good night's sleep. The sky was clear and sunny and the day beckoned. We had our cereals of choice, museli and cocopops, and packed up the campervan ready for the off.

    We wanted to kayak around the bay of islands as it looked very beautiful, however the kayak tour place said the tour around the islands had been cancelled due to waves and weather, so we could only rent kayaks that day. Not to worry though, we duly hired a kayak and after assuring the guide that we weren't going to drown, paddled out into the bay, and upstream along a shallow estuary towards supposed waterfalls. As we paddled we sang and looked at the wildlife around us, herons and black and white cormorants flying around. We caught up with a huge tour group of people from a cruise, going in all directions over the river and as we paddled by we felt very glad we hadn't spent double the money on that particular tour.

    As we rounded a bend and came across the waterfalls which were surprisingly big! The water crashed over the rocks and made for great watching from the bottom as we hid behind a boulder and took photos. After we'd looked our fill, we paddled back against the tide in equally good spirits. We dodged the tour group again and came across a Maori boat, headed by a couple of huge Kiwi's in full tribal gear, grunting and calling to the 30 or so tourists paddling. As we passed by, the captain bellowed and as all paddles raised into the air, everyone turned their heads in unison and gave us a war cry!

    The kayaking finished, we got changed and got back in the van. A long drive of around 5-6 hours was ahead, so we set off, initially for the campervan hire place to pick up the satnav charger they had neglected to give us the day before. The trip was uneventful, the roads a motorcyclists paradise, and the scenery constantly keeping us alert and interested. It can be best described as driving through a mix of Scotland and Wales. Either winding mountain passed or dead straight over flat plains, they made for great driving. We picked up the cable without a hitch and carried onto next destination, Coromandel and hot water beach /Cathedral Cove. They're a long way out, as you'll be able to see on the map, but well worth the drive.

    We arrived at the chosen campsite and had a spot high up looking over the sea. We had a quick wander on the beach, and then made a dinner of spaghetti and tomato sauce (there may be a theme to our meals for a while). By then, night had already fallen, so we set up for the night and listened to the pitter patter of the rain, and the crashing of the sea as we drifted off to sleep.
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  • Day35

    Day 35/72: campervanning!

    December 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    This morning we left the hostel and picked up our campervan! It is really well equipped, with a bed that folds down in the back and chairs and tables and cooker and sink (and portapotty but we are ignoring that). The drive north was wonderful, very similar to driving through the pretty parts of Wales. Sheep galore, and plenty of rolling hills for good views. The van is automatic, which takes some getting used to, but at least they drive on the right (left!) side of the road here.

    A few hours later we had arrived at the Bay of Islands. We drove along the beach and checked out a few campsites before landing on one with incredible views across the bay.

    The afternoon consisted of wandering down the beach and marvelling at the number of sand flies and at the wonderful view over the islands. A wonderful evening of cooking pasta and drinking cups of tea next to the water later, we are tucked away inside our van feeling very cosy (and the night looks to be threatening rain so glad to not be the people in the tent right next to us!).
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  • Day99

    Die ersten Abenteuer des Käptˋn Blaubär

    December 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Kia Ora Freunde und Familie,

    Heute gibt es einen kurzen und knackigen Einblick in die ersten Tage als Camper.
    Eine Woche ist es nun schon her dass wir im Land der Kiwis (Früchte & Vögel) gelandet sind. Viel haben wir seitdem gesehen und erlebt, insbesondere mit unserem neuen Gefährten Käptˋn Blaubär. Der 25 jährige Toyota Estima bringt uns zwar immer von einer Sehenswürdigkeit zur Nächsten jedoch auch häufig zur Weißglut. Die neuseeländischen Straßenverhältnisse spielen dabei auf jeden Fall auch eine Rolle, da die Autofahrten durch zahlreiche Serpentinen und Berg-Tal-Komplexen sehr stark an eine Achterbahnfahrt im Heide Park erinnern. Auch der Autokauf war etwas ungewöhnlich, denn am chinesichen Großhandel, dem eigentlichen Ort der Übergabe, angekommen ging es erstmal mit der Freundin des Autohänderls zu einer ferngelegenen Kochschule um von einem bekannten den Schlüssel abzuholen, dann in die Einkaufsmall den Besitzschaft im Postshop umschreiben lassen und dann eine Stunde später erst sitzen wir mit völlig leerem Tank aber voller Inbrunst auf das kommende Abenteuer in unserem Auto.
    Auch wenn der Käpt´n uns manchmal nahe einem Nervenzusammenbruch am Berg anfahren lässt ist am Ziel angekommen der Puls sofort wieder gesunken, da wir von träumerischen Sandstränden, mystischen Meerjungfrauen Pools oder leuchtenden Glühwürmchenhöhlen empfangen werden.
    Zum Abschluss noch eine kleine Info aus der Jobsuche. Wir können berichten wir hätten gestern fast einen Job mit super Bezahlung und gratis Unterkunft bei der Firma Fantastic Framing gehabt. Wäre da nicht der Fakt, dass eine mindest Arbeitszeit von 2 Monaten von Nöten wäre. Also kein Job für uns, obwohl wir extra wie zwei Verrückte durch die Stadt gefahren sind um einen freien W-Lan Platz zu finden.
    Die Jobsuche geht also weiter genauso wie unsere Reise in den Norden der Nordinsel. Morgen besichtigt Clara erstmal das örtliche Museum, Wasserfälle und vielleicht noch einen Strand während ich mich der neuseeländischen Unterwasserwelt und ihren Sehenswürdigkeiten widme.

    PS: Ich muss euch noch schnell von unserer neusten Errungenschaft erzählen. Für 47 Cent gab es einen Adventskalender für jede von uns, der die Adventszeit bei 25 grad doch etwas weihnachtlicher macht.

    Esst ganz viel Plätzchen und Langos für uns mit!
    Liebe Grüße von Gastautorin Lotti
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  • Day107

    Waitangi-culture Maori/histoire du pays-

    November 29, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Waitanga est depuis le 6 février 1840 le lieu le plus important de Nouvelle Zélande. C'est ici que les Britanniques et les chefs Maori ont signé le traité de Waitanga approuvant la "colonisation" des Britanniques. Officiellement la Nouvelle Zélande naissait.

    Il y a à cet endroit un musée excellent, une visite guidée hyper intéressante et une performance artistique inoubliable (surtout pour Gero qui a eu le droit au tongi -salutation maori nez contre nez, front contre front et serrage de main et qui a dû faire un discours en tant que chef de tribu!!!!). Ça vaut donc le détour sur tous les plans (culturel, historique, artistique)!!

    Pour plus d'informations et de photos, RDV sur notre deuxième blog:
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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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  • Day4

    Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    March 6, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅

    Kia ora.

    This place has so much history and is a place of contention for many Maori people. The Treaty of Waitangi, was signed at here on 6 February 1840. This treaty is arguably the founding document of New Zealand. Although the translation of the English word 'sovereignty' to the Maori word 'kawanatanga' meaning governance gives rise to the question, was soverigity ever relinquished?

    This place was amazing and I recommend it to anyone visiting the Bay of Islands. Highly educational, beautiful landscape and just generally fascinating.

    The house pictured, Treaty House was actually built in Australia, dismantled and then reconstructed in Waitangi. The builders thoughtful placed Roman numerals along the studs to allow for easy reconstruction. Who knew prefabricated buildings existed in the 1830s.

    The stump pictured behind us was one of three giant trees used to make the giant waka taua, war canoe. The waka taua is 35.7 metres long.
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  • Day105

    Waitangi-Haruru Trail

    April 15, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅

    11km Wanderung von Waitangi nach Haruru, durch sehr schönen Wald und über Mangroven-Gebiete. Alles in allem 3h unterwegs, der Weg ist wenig begangen aber gut hergerichtet mit Brücken und Planken-Wegen.

  • Day7

    Exploring the Bay of Islands

    May 7, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅

    Getting into bodies of water is one of my favorite things to do on vacation. We've been spending some time up north, in the semi-tropical region of New Zealand. I spent a little time gathering sea shells from our gorgeous campside in Matauri Bay this morning, before heading out to Paihia, along the coast of the Bay of Islands.

    We were doing a hike out to the Haruru waterfall through the forest, and Mangrove groves. Gates on either side of the trail were meant to keep dogs out. This is one of the last remaining regions for kiwi birds, and they are virtually defenseless against dogs. Apparently a few years ago, a run away german shepherd killed about 600 kiwi in just a few weeks.

    I love foreign flora and fauna. Huge fern trees, and ground ferns, and parasitic air plants perched on other trees, strange bird calls, and one type of tiny bird that kept fanning his tail feathers at us like a peacock. Odd, wiry trees with puffs at the top I think of as Dr. Seuss trees, waved gently in the wind. And I think we were both very excited to walk through the mangroves.

    A boardwalk took us out through this coastal mangrove forest. The tide was out so we could see their breathing roots pointing up everywhere. We were mystified by the near constant popping sounds, until we learned they were shrimp in their little muddy holes.

    Once we got to the waterfall, we began a snow kayak cruise back to base. The guide had an interesting mix of lore, leged, history, and naturalism. I was most fascinated by the trees full of cormorants. They were nesting and you could see many nests full of baby birds vying for food and attention.

    It's terrific to be here in a shoulder season, where we can snag a nearby beachside campground without reservations.
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  • Day36

    Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    July 21, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅

    Ausflug zu dem Ort an dem 1840 der Vertrag von Waitangi unterzeichnet wurde und die Souveränität Neuseelands an die britische Krone übertragen wurde.

    Zu sehen gibt es ein riesiges Kriegskanu der Māori, das Haus, in dem der Vertrag unterschrieben wurde, ein Museum und eine Zeremoniehalle in der ein Haka aufgeführt und traditionelle Māori-Musik dargeboten wird.

    Anschließend fahren wir Richtung Westküste und Waipoua Wald.
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