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    • Day9

      Überschwemmungen auf der Waiteitei Rd 🌊

      January 10 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      Heute Nacht hatten wir einen richtig schönen Parkplatz direkt am Meer in Mangawhai. Neuseeland ist nach meinem bisherigen Eindruck noch campingfreundlicher als Australien. Man darf in fast jeder Stadt an ausgewiesenen Plätzen kostenfrei übernachten und diese Orte sind keine abgelegenen Schotterparkplätze, sondern grenzen meistens an einen Strand oder Park. 😊 Leider hat es heute Nacht mal wieder stark geregnet und gestürmt. Der Camper hat durchgängig geschaukelt und der Wind gepfiffen, sodass wir kaum ein Auge zu bekommen haben. 🤷

      Das Wetter wollte dann tagsüber leider nicht besser werden. Es hat durchgängig geschüttet. Wir haben uns also Pfannkuchen zum Frühstück gemacht, Netflix geschaut, Ordnung im Camper gemacht, waren in der Wellsford War Memorial Bücherei zum Handyladen, Weiterplanen und mal für ein paar Stunden keinen Platzregen auf dem Autodach anhören zu müssen. 😅🤷😁

      Wir hoffen, dass es sich bald ausgeregnet hat, dass wir noch ein paar schöne Dinge auf der Nordinsel anschauen können, bevor am 25.01. unsere Fähre auf die Südinsel abfährt. 🙏
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    • Day44

      8-3 Wellsford

      March 8, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Deze dag knippen we er uit.
      Ik kan droog inpakken, om half 11 begint het te regenen. Ik ben net voorbij een winery met koffie, dus ik terug. Ik ga op een goed moment toch maar fietsen, goed idee want het wordt niet meer droog. En steeds hellinkjes van 8-12%, jemig wat vermoeiend. Ik wil stoppen na 35 km bij een hotel maar ik moet al mijn creditcard gegevens invullen, inclusief security code. De eigenaar snapt niet dat ik dat niet fijn vind, en wil me spontaan geen kamer meer geven, ondanks het feit dat ik het al ingevuld heb. Ik door (met het formulier!), volgens de winery zijn er motels. Not.
      Om 4 uur ben ik zo nat en koud en het spuugzat, er komt nog weer een steile berg aan, en zo leuk is de weg nou ook weer niet, dat ik probeer te liften. Dát gaat makkelijk. Zelfs met de auto was het nog een eind. Motel 1 is duur. Motel 2 vol, er is een biker conventie dus 3 zal ook vol zijn. Terug naar 1. Natuurlijk wordt het vlak daarna droog. Maar er zijn toch geen campings en ik heb ook best zin in een gewoon bed!
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      Knip knip ✂️✂️


      Toch dapper doorgefietst. Bikkel! 💪🤗


      Goed gedaan en inclusief security code lijkt me een doodzonde. Zoiets als je pincode afgeven? 😳😳E.

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    • Day8


      November 24, 2022 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      The lime tree cafe for morning tea.
      Interesting morning- we had just started off the motorway and a young person slid off the road and over the edge - fortunately missing a couple of the guys up front. No injuries and not a completely wrecked car so not a bad outcome. We left the person in the care of their mum.Read more


      glad everyone was ok

    • Day109

      Koutu - Port Albert

      July 20, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      We woke up to the wind rocking the van from side to side but the views when we opened the curtains were pretty incredible. Again we were only a stones throw from the water.

      Unfortunately the sink still hadn't drained away overnight so breakfast was a ham sandwich rather than our usual porridge, coffee and yogurt. We parked on a bit of an angle so decided to pack up the bed, wash the dishes from the night before in a bucket and head back to the dump station we visited last night to try and get the sink fixed. After no success and the rental company recommending household unblocker we decided to shower and get changed in the van on the side of the road before heading out in search of a supermarket.

      En route to the super market we drove through Waipoua Forrest. We had planned to go for a nice long walk to see some Kauri trees but the weather wasn't the best today and we were still in crisis mode with the sink! Instead we opted for a two minute walk to see THE biggest and also thought to be the oldest Kauri tree Tane Mahuta. Said to be over 2000 years old it was literally the biggest tree we had ever seen!

      The Kauri trees in New Zealand have unfortunately contracted a disease meaning they're all slowly dying. This is thought to have been spread by dirt on people's shoes and the shallow roots the trees have picking up a bacteria so we had to scrub our shoes on the way in and out of the Forest including a squirt with disinfectant. The track is also a platform which is a foot or two off the ground.

      We popped to the information centre and coffee shop to see if there were any other short walks we could do but a Devonshire cream team and latte got the vote. Blake was mortified to discover that the 'Devon tea' as it was advertised didn't come with clotted cream but instead squirty cream!

      We then headed to our next overnight spot taking a quick pit stop at a Countdown to buy some sink and plughole unblocker. 15 minutes later whilst we ate lunch in the car park (I love driving our house around) and half a bottle of the unblocker showed little sign of fixing our problem so I headed back in to see if they had a plunger. About 10 minutes of funny noises, poisonous liquid squirting towards my face and maybe some effing and jeffing the sink finally decided to empty. We ran some more liquid and water through just to be sure and headed to the nearest dump station to empty it all out.

      Luckily our campsite was just around the corner so we pulled up and wrote all the blogs (including this one) as our fans have been complaining of little activity including the odd question of 'are you still alive?'

      We also spotted a McDonalds around the corner so we're off to upload all our our posts and a cheeky Big Mac :)
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      Jackie Blake

      Still have to do the chores even on holiday simon lol x


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