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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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  • 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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  • Day7

    Exploring the Bay of Islands

    May 7 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.Read more

  • Day14


    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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  • Day48

    Waitangi Treati Ground

    December 27, 2016 in New Zealand

    # historischer Ort für Neuseeland
    # Vertragsunterzeichnung zwischen einem Verband der Maori und England zum Schutz vor Frankreich.
    # kulturelle Darbietung von traditionellen Tänzen und Gesängen
    # längstes Maori Kampf Boot der Welt
    # Verabschiedung der Mädels aus Berlin Hana und Merle

  • Day60

    Fishing at a new spot

    January 8, 2017 in New Zealand

    Angeln wird langsam, aber sicher zu einem Hobby.

    Man bekommt immer neue Tipps, wo es sich zu angeln lohnt. Also beschließen Max und ich mal einen neuen Spot zu testen. Wir fahren eine Straße vom Zentrum Kerikeri's heraus, bis sie direkt in einer Bucht endet. Bis wir dort ankommen, fahren wir 20 Minuten durch wenig besiedelte Waldgebiete. Anschließend ist, wie so oft, eine kleine Wanderung (eher ein Springen, Klettern und Balancieren) entlang der schroffen und spitzen Felsküste nötig, um zu einer erfolgsversprechenden Stelle zu gelangen. Dort angekommen heißt es: "Tintenfisch an den Haken, Wurf und los!" ... und dann warten😴. Dabei kann man die einzigartige Umgebung genießen oder die vorbeifahrenden Segelboote ⛵️ zählen.

    An diesem Tag endet der Fischfangwettkampf 8 zu 3 für Max. Wobei wir hier jetzt nicht über Glück oder solche Dinge sprechen wollen. 😊😂

    Aso, nur einer der 11 Fische war groß genug, um ihn mitzunehmen. 😳

    Es ist stets ein Problem ein Ende zu finden. Aus diesem Grund zwingt uns meistens erst der Sonnenuntergang und der Hunger zur Heimkehr.
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  • Day213

    Tag 213: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    September 2, 2017 in New Zealand

    Einbisschen Kultur schadet nie und somit machten wir uns auf den Weg nach Waitangi, dem wohl historisch bedeutsamsten Ort Neuseelands. Berühmt wurde der Ort durch den am 6. Februar 1840, zwischen 40 Maori-Häuptlingen und der britischen Krone, unterzeichneten Waitangi Vertrag, der die Gründung der britischen Koloniealherrschaft in NZ besiegelte. Dieser Tag gilt als Geburtsstunde Neuseelands und ist somit Nationalfeiertag.

    Mit diesem Vertrag gaben die Maori ihre Souveränität auf und wurden britische Bürger. Die britische Krone versprach den Maori, ihr Eigentum zu schützen und ihre Rechte zu verteidigen - doch schon im Laufe der folgenden Jahre kam alles ganz anders.

    Alles über diesen folgenschweren Vertrag, der das Leben und die Kultur der Maoris grundlegend änderte, erfährt man in den „Waitangi Treaty Grounds“. Höhepunkt an diesem Tag war die Aufführung des Haka, dem traditionellen kriegstanz der Maori.
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  • Day25

    Bay of Islands

    March 26, 2017 in New Zealand

    Bay of Island`s bei Regen ! :-(
    Heute morgen war es total bewölkt und nach dem Frühstück hat es auch schon mal leicht geregnet, aber wir hatten im Internet gesehen das es im Norden (Northland) besser sein sollte zumindest lt. der App waren da noch einige Sonnenstunden zu sehen. Als wir dann losfuhren gab es sogar einige Wolkenlücken und wir dachten noch, Mensch vielleicht haben wir ja Glück. Aber irgendwie wurde das heute nichts mehr, denn es fing irgendwann immer stärker an zu regnen, aber da hatten wir noch die Hoffnung dass es oben im Norden an der Küste vielleicht besser wird! Unser erstes Ziel war dann Kerikeri wo wir einen Nachbau eines alten Maoridorfes besuchten und wir hatten Glück, die Sonne kam raus und es war auch richtig warm! Aber kurze Zeit später als wir das älteste Steinhaus von NZ anschauten fing es an zu regnen was vom Himmel kommen konnte! Schade, denn es hörte irgendwie gar nicht mehr auf! Nur kurze Regenpausen waren uns vergönnt und so schauten wir uns noch Pahai an! Ein wunderschöner Ort nur leider regnete es immer mehr und wir beschlossen die Rückfahrt anzutreten! Das wurde auch eine Regenfahrt, die wir so noch lange in Erinnerung behalten werden! Es hat z.t. geschüttet wie aus Eimern und Martina konnte z.t nur Schrittgeschwindigkeit fahren! Wir waren dann froh als wir wieder in unserem AirBnB angekommen sind! Haben es uns beim Abendessen und einem Gläschen Wein gemütlich gemacht und den Abend ausklingen lassen! Schade, schade den wir hatten uns so auf die Bay of Island`s gefreut! Aber wir wollen ja nochmal wiederkommen!Read more

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