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  • Day78

    Tschüss Südinsel - hallo Nordinsel

    December 8 in New Zealand

    Heute sind wir mit der Fähre auf die Nordinsel, nach Wellington, gefahren. Das erste Stück führte durch die Marlborough Sounds und wir konnten die Landschaft genießen. Auf dem offenen Meer zwischen den beiden Inseln wurde es dann unruhiger, aber es geht wohl noch deutlich schlimmer, wie wir aus Erzählungen gehört haben. Zwischendurch haben wir drei Albatrosse direkt neben dem Boot gehabt.
    Nachdem wir im Hostel eingecheckt haben, waren wir noch kurz auf einem „Weihnachtsmarkt“. Der war aber eigentlich nur ein Underground-market, der jedes Wochenende in einem Parkhaus stattfindet und hatte nicht viel mit einem deutschen Weihnachtsmarkt zu tun 😄 Dann waren wir noch ein bisschen am Wasser.
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  • Day79


    December 9 in New Zealand

    Heute haben wir uns bei bestem Wetter (man merkt, dass der Sommer langsam kommt 😬) Wellington angeguckt. Zuerst waren wir im Museum Te Papa. Dort haben wir uns eine Ausstellung über die Schlacht zwischen den Neuseeländern und den Türken im ersten Weltkrieg angeguckt und dann noch die anderen Bereiche des Museums (über die Maoris, die Natur von Neuseeland und Einwanderungen nach Neuseeland).
    Dann sind wir mit dem Cable Car zum botanischen Garten gefahren, der am Berg liegt. Zu Fuß sind wir dann wieder runtergegangen.
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  • Day24

    Off to the North - on a Ferry!

    December 7 in New Zealand

    Up early today to check in and line up for the Interislander ferry to take us from New Zealand’s lovely South Island to Wellington on the north island. The whole system for loading the ferry was very smooth, and since it appears reservations are required for all travellers, we were fully loaded and on our way about 10 minutes ahead of schedule. The first part of the trip, leaving Picton, was through the beautiful calm waters and islands of Queen Charlotte Sound, and the scenery was very similar to ours in BC, with the exception of the amazing turquoise water here (photos don’t do it justice!). Once we got through the islands, we were out in the open water of Cook Strait, into 3 metre swells - the boat was listing pretty good and keeping balance was a challenge at times! Once we got into the harbour before Wellington, it calmed down again and we arrived at our destination around 12:30pm.

    Didn’t take long to find our hotel, so we checked into our lovely room then took off on foot to explore Wellington. There is a lovely waterfront walk right in the downtown area, so we took in all the sights and sounds of that area. We got our bearings pretty quickly and found the places we will be visiting over the next couple of days - the Wellington Museum being one of them. It’s huge and we’ve heard very interesting, so looking forward to seeing that. We walked up to a funky pedestrian only area called Cuba Street, full of neat stores and restaurants, headed back down to the waterfront and to our hotel to chill out a bit before dinner.

    We decided to take a break from the usual restaurant food for dinner, and instead went to a really neat food court in Capital Market where we sampled some amazing Asian dishes. Stopped at a local outdoor pub for a glass of wine on our way back, then returned to the hotel to prepare ourselves for a busy day tomorrow!
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  • Day25

    Touring the Windy City....

    December 8 in New Zealand

    ... and not Chicago! This is the also the name given to Wellington, and it certainly lives up to it! So today is Dave’s New Zealand Birthday and we started it out with an awesome buffet breakfast at our hotel - with enough food to last us till dinner! We walked along the waterfront to the New Zealand Museum (or Te Papa in Māori) and spent a few hours in there looking at the exhibitions. It was very interesting to see how immigration to New Zealand began, and has changed so much over the years, from the 1800’s when people either came here from Australia to explore, or on ships from far away, to the 40’s when Europeans were escaping persecution as a result of the war, to the 50’s and 60’s where the government encouraged immigration and offered jobs and housing and a lot of British people took advantage of a new life. One of the art exhibits was a cool “brick” wall where dry erase pens were supplied and people could add their sentiments - which of course I did! As we were leaving the museum, the local Salvation Army Band was playing Christmas carols in the foyer, with the audience singing along, so we stopped to watch for a while (and couldn’t help messaging our kids to reminisce on “Merry Christmas Mr. Bean! 😂😂).

    Next we walked through town to where a cable car took us up the hill to the Botanical Gardens in Wellington - glad we didn’t have to make that hike up, and the cable car was pretty cool! We toured around the gardens and enjoyed the view from high above the city. The walk through the gardens is all downhill, ending up at a pretty rose garden, the town cemetery,and the parliament buildings. One large memorial was to a man named Richard Seddon, who was originally from a town close to a Liverpool, emigrated to Australia, then to New Zealand’s west coast to make his fortune in gold, and eventually became the Premier of New Zealand. His story is quite colourful and makes for an interesting read, especially since he had no formal education beyond the age of 12, but obviously, he was a popular leader!

    We had a look at the Parliament buildings, and the interesting building next door called the Bee Hive, which houses the office of the Prime Minister and cabinet offices, as well as a large conference area. On the opposite side is the Parliamentary Library - a totally different looking building! We talked to one of the security guards outside Parliament, who told us a little about New Zealand’s current Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, who became PM at the age of 37, and is the first PM ever to have a child while in office. He told us she is quite popular with the people of New Zealand, and that many appreciate the younger views she brings to running the country.

    We headed down to have a look at the old railway station, just down from parliament, then after walking over 12km came back to the hotel for a rest! We then got ready and went out for a nice dinner for Dave’s Birthday! Funny how on a Friday night, this area of the city is hopping with people, but on a Saturday, it’s like a ghost town! The hostess in the restaurant explained to us that on Fridays, everyone stays downtown after work to go for drinks and dinner, but that Saturday is their slowest night of the week! Good thing cos it was pretty easy to get a table! 😜. Happy Birthday Dave!
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  • Day26

    Wellington on Wheels!

    December 9 in New Zealand

    For the previous day and a half, we had seen so much of Wellington on foot, so decided that today, we’d take a drive to see more of this lovely town. We started out by heading up a winding road to Mount Victoria Lookout, and at the top, were treated to amazing 360 degree views of Wellington. There were a few informational signs at the lookout, and one of interest showed an map indicating that the next stop directly south of where we were standing, was Antarctica! We drove on to Shark Bay where we stopped for a while to watch planes taking off, as it was right at the end of the airport runway - right across from us on a hill, was an interesting Wellington sign, depicting the reputation of being a Windy City! Next we drove around Point Halswell on our way to a pretty seaside town called Scorching Bay. There was a cute cafe there with shell murals on two of the walls to one side. Really nice beach in this bay too, with lots of families and sun worshippers taking advantage of the sunny day.

    We continued along the coast road to Breaker Bay and then on to Moa Point, where the other end of the airport runway starts right at the edge of the ocean. Interestingly, the runway has a road and tunnel going right underneath it! We got out of the car and decided to wait for a plane to come in for landing, and minutes later, were in luck as one flew in from Fiji. It was so close, you could almost see the people inside the plane - so I waved just in case they could see me! We kept going along the coast for a bit longer, then decided to head inland through some pretty towns on the way back to our hotel. We got back then decided to go down to the waterfront and check out the Wellington Museum, a much smaller place than the New Zealand Museum we were at yesterday, but very interesting, as well as interactive. We learned a lot about the history of Wellington, including a 100 year dateline of how the city has evolved and changed over the years. There was a nautical area with a few photo opps (😉), and the history of the Māoris in Wellington. Out for a quick dinner then back to our hotel to rest up for tomorrow’s road trip to Napier - and wine country!!
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  • Day269

    Showdown am Schicksalsberg

    October 12 in New Zealand

    Neuseeland ist schön. Sehr sehr schön. Also wirklich schön. Es erinnert irgendwie an die Schweiz. Einfach ein wenig wilder. Und grösser. Und die haben hier ja auch mehr. Mehr Meer. Und die haben hier die Glow Worm Cave - eine einzigartige und faszinierende Höhle bei Waitomo. Darin zu finden, eine ausschliesslich hier lebende Art von Glühwürmchen. Also Würmchen, von denen eines irgendwann aufgrund einer Laune der Natur einen leuchtenden Arsch bekommen hat, was sich als hilfreich erwiesen hat, um im Dunkeln allerlei verzehrbares Gefleuch anzuziehen und mit seinem klebrigen Faden zu fangen. Heute bilden hunderttausende dieser leuchtenden Dinger einen atemberaubenden Sternenhimmel in diesem weit verzweigten Höhlensystem. Und die Kiwis haben ausserdem allerlei geothermische Attraktionen, deren penetranter Schwefelgeruch an die Feuerwerk-Sessions mit Fönz und Robin anlässlich der legendären The Pool Party zum 1. August erinnert. Das waren noch Zeiten. Lange her. Noch etwas länger her, soll das Leben ja bei solch ungemütlichen geothermischen Konditionen seinen Anfang gefunden haben. Als aus Anorganischem Organisches wurde. Und schwups gab es Würmchen mit leuchtendem Arsch und dann uns. Lustige Natur.

    Neben der Natur sind auch Kiwis ganz lustig. Gegessen haben wir auch schon welche, wobei der aufgedrehte Neuseeländer bei unserem ersten Wein- und Schnaps-Tasting meint, dass man wenn überhaupt „kiwi fruits“ essen würde und keine Kiwis wie ihn. Obwohl weder geistreich noch wirklich lustig, lache ich. Gibt hier schliesslich Gratis-Schnaps.

    Da Neuseeland wie wir Alpen hat, will ich da natürlich auch hoch. Wenn ich schon über ein Jahr keine Cervelats zu futtern kriege, dann will ich wenigstens Schnee. Da bietet sich das Tongariro Alpine Crossing bei Taupo natürlich an. Ein zwanzig Kilometer langer Hike über einen Pass mit viel Schnee und bei gutem Wetter Sicht auf den „Schicksalsberg“ aka Mount Doom. Der Vulkan markiert bei Herr der Ringe das grosse Ziel Frodos, wo der verdammte Ring zu guter Letzt zerstört werden kann. Im echten Leben parkiert man im Ziel und organisiert sich eine Mitfahrgelegenheit zum Start auf der anderen Seite des Berges oder bezahlt wahnwitzige fünfunddreissig Dollar pro Person für eines der offiziellen Shuttles. Vor einer Woche ist allerdings ein Mann auf dem Pass erfroren, da eine Vierergruppe los ist, obwohl die geführten Touren und sämtliche Shuttles aufgrund der Witterung dicht gemacht hatten. Sue is not amused. Unsere Wettervorhersage für den Folgetag ist nicht schlecht. Aber auch nicht eitel Sonnenschein. Auf der Spitze minus zehn Grad - arschkalt eben - und ordentlich Wind. Morgends auf dem Parkplatz dann viele ratlose Gesichter. Der eine Shuttle-Anbieter fährt, der andere nicht. Nicht perfekt aber gut genug. Finde ich. Sue nicht. Während ich mich ins „Let’s fucking go!“-Lager stelle, schleicht Sue zur „Ich will nicht sterben“-Fraktion. Nach einigen Minuten offerieren uns Andrew und Sarah aus Kanada - deren gebuchtes Shuttle eben nicht fährt -, uns zum Start mitzunehmen, da Sarah entschieden hat, den Berg heute nicht zu erklimmen. Klasse! Die gesparten siebzig Dollar überzeugen dann auch Sue. Irgendwie. So oder so, es geht endlich los.

    Ob es kalt war? Definitiv. Gemütlich? Sicher nicht. Hatten wir Spass? Natürlich! Unterwegs freunden wir uns noch mit den alemannischen Schnellwanderern Iris und Tilo an und entgegen Sue‘s innerer Vorahnung, haben alle den Hike nach einigen Stunden überraschend unbeschadet überstanden. Aus lauter Erleichterung und um das Gute, das wir am Morgen selber erfahren durften, weiterzugeben, fahren wir unsere neuen Freunde im Anschluss zurück zum Start, wo sie ihr Auto hatten stehen lassen. Total lieb und harmonisch eben. Der Blick auf den Schicksalsberg blieb uns aber trotz der ganzen Nächstenliebe verwehrt - scheiss Wetter - und der Ring wurde somit nicht zerstört. Wohl sehr zur Freude von Gollum aka Sue. Die Jagd geht also weiter.

    Nach einem weiteren Rafting-Abenteuer war es das schon wieder mit der wunderschönen Nordinsel und wir befahren in Wellington die Fähre zur vom Hörensagen her mindestens so schönen Südinsel. Sue ist zum Glück auch wieder total schön. Bin selbst erstaunt über das Selbstverständnis meines zu ihr Haltens, trotz der durch und durch unvorteilhaften äusserlichen Veränderung. Das muss Liebe sein. Oder Verzweiflung. Mal schauen ...
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  • Day43

    18-10 Wellington

    October 18 in New Zealand

    Langzame start, met huiswerk Zuidereiland, koppijn en koffie. Als het erg grijs wordt, gaat alles wat sneller. Met boodschappen rijden we om ongeveer 1 uur Wellington in. Gelukkig was er een fietspad langs de highway. We boeken een kamer voor twee personen, scheelt niet eens zo heel veel met een zespersoonskamer. Dan lunch en naar de interislander. Boot voor morgenmiddag.
    Terug naar de stad en een stuk langs het water gefietst. Eerste stuk best aardig maar het mooie stuk uit de reisgids kan me niet bekoren. Als we net van een terrasje weg willen gaan ontmoeten we Liz en een andere Becky. Zij gaan ook ri zuidereiland. Dus tips uitwisselen. Ik kook hutspot en vind pas als we naar bed gaan de uien terug. Was toch lekker.
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  • Day43

    Day 43/72: Wellington

    December 9 in New Zealand

    Today we travelled from the Tongariro National Park to Wellington. It was a long drive, so we set off early in the morning, with a stop at a bakery for breakfast. We got stale bread, barely defrosting but sopping wet banana cake, and carrot cake that even Tom didn't finish, and decided that New Zealand is too far from France to have good bakeries.

    The drive was beautiful, watching the mountains fade in our rearview mirror. Wellington seemed like a very cool city, plenty of surfing and skate shops for us to look around at length. We had the most awful milkshakes from a café (like drinking a pint of warm whipped cream with some cookies crumbled in) and bought plenty of Christmas decorations for the campervan. We got to the campsite and cooked the first meat we've cooked all the time we've been in NZ (steaks) and settled in for the night. Unfortunately not a good photo day, but the sun was shining and we were both smiling a lot, I'm sure.
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  • Day210

    Windy Wellington

    April 4, 2017 in New Zealand

    Today we said goodbye to the South Island and got the ferry from Picton across the Cook Straight to the North Island of New Zealand. The ferry arrives in to Wellington - the capital city of NZ and well known for its windy weather - it lived up to its name of "Windy Welly" today! The ferry journey took just over 3 hours and despite being worried that we were sailing on the day the tail end of the Australian cyclone was due to hit NZ, the journey was surprisingly (and happily!) smoother than we expected. We got to see more dolphins from the ferry too - there were a small pod of them jumping around alongside the ferry as we sailed out of the Sound. Solana loved the ferry too - mainly because there was a little kids play area and she met a couple of little boys to play with. Top trivia #1 today: when you take the ferry from the South to North island (or vice versa) you are actually no further North (or South) than when you set off - Picton and Wellington are on virtually the same line of latitude. I was also amazed that the ferry, in addition to a car deck, actually also has a rail deck - where freight trains roll on and roll off the ferry at the other side.

    This afternoon, after settling into our accommodation, we visited the Space Place museum & Carter Observatory. It is set in the Botanical Gardens, up on a hill overlooking Wellington, so we got some good views of the city (through the rain!) on the way there too. The museum was interesting, with some eye-catching and educational exhibits. Top trivia #2 today: humans do not burp in space (but they do fart)! We also saw a planetarium show whilst we were there, helping to orientate us to the stars in the Southern sky. Sadly the cloud was too thick for us to look through their telescope. Afterwards, we got the cable car (complete with disco lighting effects on the 2 tunnels you go through) down to the city for dinner. We are giving "Air BnB" a try tonight for the first time - staying in a small self-contained flat below the owner's house; seems good so far.
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  • Day211

    Wet (and still windy) Wellington

    April 5, 2017 in New Zealand

    What do you do in Wellington when it is very wet and windy? You visit one of the many great museums! Luckily for us, we've had our worst weather day yet here, with plenty to keep us occupied. We had planned to visit a couple of museums but we ended up spending the whole day in in the Te Papa National Museum, it was so good - both for adults and children. It had exhibits about the history of people in NZ, including Maori origins, more recent immigration and the history of wildlife in NZ. My favourite exhibit was the colossal squid - that was caught by a fishing boat in Antarctica in 2007 and frozen, then thawed, examined and preserved for display in the museum - fascinating. Solana's favourite was the life-sized model of the blue whale's heart that you could climb inside. There was also a great special exhibit about bugs, with lots of special effects and fascinating facts; Solana's favourite in this section was a giant wasp that you could climb into and slide down inside - as you emerged from the bottom of the slide, the wasp "farted"!). Later we dried out and warmed up in our Air BnB room (taking advantage of the free tumble drier use too!) - see pictures.

    This is our 77th blog footprint posted, over 7 countries. We've been travelling for 11 weeks and we have 6 weeks left of our Big Adventure. We wonder what those next 6 weeks will bring...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Wellington, ዌሊንግተን, Weolingtūn, ويلينغتون, ويلينجتون, Vellinqton, Веллингтон, Горад Велінгтан, Уелингтън, वेलिंग्टन, ওয়েলিংটন, ཝེ་ལིང་ཐོན།, ৱেলিংটন, Hiê-lìng-dóng, Ουέλλιγκτον, Velingtono, ولینگتون, વેલિંગ્ટન, ולינגטון, Welintòn, Վելինգտոն, WLG, ウェリントン, უელინგტონი, ವೆಲ್ಲಿಂಗ್ಟನ್, 웰링턴, Vellingtonia, Velingtonas, Velingtona, Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara, Велингтон, വെല്ലിംഗ്ടൺ, ဝယ်လင်တန်မြို့, वेलिङ्गटन, वेलिंगटन, Wellinton, ਵੈਲਿੰਗਟਨ, ویلنگٹن, Ueligitone, வெலிங்டன், เวลลิงตัน, Whanga-nui-a-Tara, ۋېللىنگتون, Веллінгтон, Vellington, ველინგთონი, װעלינגטאן, 威靈頓, 惠灵顿

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