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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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  • 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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  • Day15

    Waihi Beach

    January 11 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

  • Day16

    Orokawa Bay

    January 12 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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  • Day32

    Papamoa Hills

    February 7 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 area..it had greened up but lots of stumps and brush. At least that helped the views!Read more

  • 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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  • Day6

    Tauranga --------> Omokoroa

    February 15, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Ik loop vreselijk achter. Karin natuurlijk niet dus ik verwijs naar haar footprint. Ze schrijft sowieso beter 😁
    Gelukkig heb ik de foto's nog.

  • Day67

    Minden Lookout

    February 5 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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  • Day68

    Waihi Beach and Owharoa Falls

    February 6 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    I woke up at a good time today!
    Definitely fresh again and ready to get going again.
    But first I had a good breakfast and then I left the campground.

    I stopped at Avocado Place. It’s a place where you can buy fruits and vegetables!
    They had some much stuff and so cheap so it was hard to decide what I want to buy!
    I got some peppers, plums, and cucumbers! 😊

    After that, I went to Waihi Beach. I have been here before but I like the place and it was just a short drive here so I wanted to spend some time at the beach here and watch the surfers and try to learn something from them!

    After around 1 hour or maybe more, I drove to Owharoa Falls.
    That’s definitely a busy spot here! So many families around.
    That’s when I remember that it is Waitangi Day today! So many people are free from work and out with their family enjoying the good weather.

    So I actually called the campground where I want to stay tonight if they still have some free places just to be sure, but it’s no problem at all!

    As there was not so much more to see or do around I checked in early at the campground.

    I had some lunch and then a nap from around 2 hours. I obviously really needed that!
    The rest of the day was calm as well. Spend some time with some German girls during dinner but was still too tired for more and went to bed early today!
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