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  • Day76

    Hobbiton - from Lord of the Rings

    December 14, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Well what a day!
    Started going round a market and picked up some coffee and pastries. Our tour around Hobbiton wasnt until 3.20pm so we had plenty of time to do some activities. Decided on a giant redwood forest walk. Huge trees and a very tranquil walk. A few pools which were filled with vegetation but were still crystal clear. Must be the volcanic area making it super acidic so nothing can grow in it..?
    Hannah worked out half way round that she had been there before. She found a photo of exactly the same clear pool 🙄. It hasn't changed in 7 years.
    From there off to Hobbiton. We (mostly I) listened to the Fellowship - lord of the rings movie on the radio to get into the spirit of it.
    Arrived and were taken on a tour around the movie set. Amazing area, 40 odd hobbit holes scattered around the valley. Saw one of the most expensive props ever made. A fake tree above Bilbo's house, with thousands of individually attached leaves.
    We walked through hobbiton, to the Green Dragon pub, where we had a cider and an ale and got to sit overlooking a lake and the party tree. Glorious.
    With the tour done and an ice cream had, we set off North. I'd planned in a stop to the highest waterfall in the north island. We stopped and walked 45mins to the lower viewpoint. A bit covered by bushes, but still a very impressive waterfall. Managed to sneak in a bit of drone time as well.
    With it starting to get darker we headed towards our campsite. I turned the lights on.... nothing. Ugh ohh. With about 20mins to go, driving on the main highway, we were going along with only side lights. Managed to stay close to a van so could see where we were going. The last 100m we turned off and drove by the light of the hazard lights. See for a bit, stop, see for a bit stop. Safe and sound, time for a plate of spaghetti with sausages!
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    Sally Le Poidevin

    Fantastic trees! What fun little houses. Hope the lights on the van can be fixed easily!

  • Day75

    Maori cultural village

    December 13, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Started the day with a trip to Wai-O-Tapu. An active area with sulphur smells, hot and multi coloured lakes.
    They have a fake geizer which they pour soap into and it erupts. After an hour and a half of walking around we had seen the sights to headed towards Rotarua and the I site information center. They said the best thing to do would to see a Maori cultural visit.
    I still had not managed to get a new camera after mine got damaged, so found some big camera shops and picked one up. Whoop. Gave the old one to Hannah, as I'm nice like that 😁
    We checked out the free campsites and none had any spaces, so had to check into a proper campsite. At least in could get all 12 gadgets on charge and cram in some admin.
    With the Maori pickup at 6.20 we tried to do some quick laundry. Frustratingly the driers were totally ineffective so we had to leave all our clothes in there, whilst we set off on the bus to the Maori Tamaki village.
    Village was cool with an intro to the culture and the Haka. Quite interactive followed by a big feast. With the number of people there, they must be making a killing! Got back to the campsite to run the drier a few more times before bed.
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  • Day71

    Après la pluie, la baignade !

    December 17, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Après avoir récupéré notre nouveau van qui fonctionne, nous voilà partis vers Coromandel et sa péninsule. Pas de beau temps à l'horizon, on est plutôt en période d'orage... !
    On arrive à avoir quelques paysages ainsi que Cathédrale Cove sans pluie, mais celle ci nous rattrape rapidement ⛈️⛈️

    Mais comme on dit, après la pluie le beau temps !! Une accalmie à l'heure du coucher du soleil : magnifique ciel rosé, et baignade possible (et froiiide) !
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  • Day15

    Waihi Beach

    January 11, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Nach einem gemütlichen Frühstück und nochmal einer Runde im Pool haben wir uns gegen Mittag auf den Weg in Richtung Coromandel begeben. Auf dem Weg haben wir bei einer kleinen Avocadofarm gehalten und einen Plausch mit dem Besitzer geführt. Es war Durchblick zauberhaft. Martha hat mit den zwei süßen Katzenbabys gespielt und wir konnten mal Avocadobäume bestaunen. Die wachsen hier an jeder Ecke und sind unglaublich lecker. Obst und Gemüse schmecken hier sowieso tausend mal besser als zuhause. Vor allem Mangos😋 Durch Zufall haben wir dann einen wunderschönen, kostenfreien Camperplatz direkt am Strandaufgang von Waihi gefunden. Eigentlich wollten wir nur mal kurz schauen, wie der Strand so ist. Dann sind wir aber gleich geblieben, weil es so schön war. Typisch Deutsch, haben wir Antji und Martha zurück gelassen um auf die Parklücke aufzupassen🤣 während der Rest zum Einkaufen gefahren ist. Dann haben wir den Rest des Tages am Strand gechillt und abends wieder lecker Barbecue gemacht. Maja kam auch noch vorbei um mit uns den unfassbar schönen Mondaufgang vom Strand aus zu beobachten...Read more

    Kerstin Frey

    Hihi ja das war eine wirklich gelungene Überraschung und ein aufregender Start in den neuen Tag♥️😚🥰

  • Day16

    Orokawa Bay

    January 12, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute haben wir mal einen Strandtag eingelegt😎 Nach einem gemeinsamen Frühstück mit Maja haben wir uns zu einem Höhenwanderweg zur Orokawa Bay begeben. Nach einem ca. halbstündigen Weg mit unsagbar schönen Aussichten haben wir eine wunderschöne Bucht gefunden, die aufgrund des beschwerlichen Weges auch fast menschenleer war. Ich bin sogar im Pazifik baden gewesen, was ich mir morgens noch nicht getraut hatte, weil die Wellen doch ganz schön hoch waren🙈
    Das hat so viel Spaß gemacht mit dem Körper auf den Wellen zu surfen. Man konnte sogar Fische in den aufgetürmten Wellen sehen. (Die Wellen hab ich dann ausgelassen🤣)
    Ein tiefenentspannter Tag einfach. Kurz bevor wir wieder aufgebrochen sind, haben wir gesehen wie ein Brautpaar nicht weit von uns dort am Strand geheiratet hat. Sehr ramontisch😍
    Weil wir keine Lust auf kochen hatten waren wir mit Maja noch schick essen. So lecker. Es gab natürlich Fisch😋
    Nun stehen wir am Strand auf einem kostenfreien Platz nachdem wir auf unserem eigentlich anvisierten Campingplatz nur kurz geduscht haben😅
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    Christiane Müller

    Ich habe mir gerade den Strand in" echt"angeschaut.....Ist der Wahnsinn das man selbst die Straßenverlaufe ran zoomen kann,wenn man auf die Reiseroute geht...😀

    Kerstin Frey

    Wow was für ein leckerer Anblick. Da läuft einem ja gleich das Wasser im Mund zusammen 🤤

  • Day32

    Papamoa Hills

    February 7, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Great hike 20 minutes south of us. 360 views across the farmlands, back to the Mount, Tauranga city and port. Met a number of people on the way to the summit then had the plateau loop basically to ourselves. Kids back in school now so that makes a difference to the number of ppl around in this tourist area. Could see White Island still pluming in the distance. Lower part of the walk was through clear cut had greened up but lots of stumps and brush. At least that helped the views!Read more

    Fantastic photos and wonderful experiences. Thanks for sharing and keep enjoying it all!! Sending hugs. From Kelly P.

  • Day208

    Motoriki Reserve/ Star gazing at Tuapiro

    August 5, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    This morning we checked out the campsite and had a wonder around town. We then went for a walk at Motoriki Reserve. It was a beautiful sunny day again today. We then went to the social for drinks. I loved how some of the chairs were made from cars. I sat in part of a mini and had a pina colada cocktail. Around 4pm we drove to 3 freedom camping spots all were full. We've never had a problem before finding a spot when we've wanted to freedom camp. Tuaranga is obviously very popular. We decided to drive 50 mins up the coast to a freedom camping stop at Taupiro Reserve. Luckily there were spaces when we got there. It was a lovely spot by the water. The moon was red and reflecting on the water. We also saw so many bright stars here. We enjoyed camping here overnight.Read more

  • Day67

    Minden Lookout

    February 5, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    As I fell asleep very late and didn’t sleep well I woke up quite late. I anyway decided to stay one more night here, as I was not feeling for traveling around today at all!
    So I had a long breakfast and went for a little shopping trip into town and stopped at the Minden Lookout on the way back.

    For more, I could not motivate myself so I went back to the campground for a calm day!
    It’s not so warm anymore what is really nice and the crickets are not as bad today as yesterday.
    So I could sleep much better this night!
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