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  • Day55

    Westcost

    February 23 in New Zealand

    Heute ging’s auf dem Highway No. 6 weiter entlang der Westküste. Das Wetter hat dabei fast stündlich gewechselt ⛅️☀️🌧☀️ Diese Ecke Neuseelands ist kaum besiedelt, immer wieder sind Überbleibsel alter, verlassener Goldgräber Städte oder stillgelegte Minen zu sehen, ansonsten fährt man nur durch kaum bewohntes Gebiet, das mit Wälder bis zur Küste fast überwuchert ist. Die einzelnen „Städte“ sind weit voneinander entfernt. Erster kurzer Halt war an einer Hängebrücke, über die es zu einem schönen Fluss ging, der bei Sonne in allen Blautönen schimmert.
    Anschließend ging’s weiter zu den Pancake Rocks (diese sehen wirklich wie aufgestapelte Pancakes [Pfannkuchen] aus). Danach fuhren wir in Richtung Norden, auch hier viele verlassene und zerfallene Orte aus der Zeit des Goldrausches! Hier führen sogar Eisenbahnwege quer durch den Kreisverkehr 😂
    Am späten Nachmittag sind wir in Westport angekommen, da es auch hier nicht viel zu unternehmen gibt sind wir weiter dem Highway No. 6 ins inselinnere gefolgt und haben bei Lyell am Fluss unser Camp aufgeschlagen und noch Lecker Lachs zubereitet 😊
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  • Day11

    Übernachtung in Westport

    January 6 in New Zealand

    In Westport haben wir uns einen kleinen Campingplatz ohne alles direkt am Strand gesucht. Riesiger Strand mit tollem Blick Richtung Berge. Da das Wasser doch recht kalt ist hat Jonas eine durch Ebbe zurückgebliebene Pfütze zum spielen genutzt. War dort ne matschige Angelegenheit

  • Day18

    Aotearoa

    January 4 in New Zealand

    Heute machte Neuseeland seinem Maori Namen "Aotearoa" alle Ehre: Land der langen weiße Wolke... Da wir aber sowieso viel im Auto sitzen mussten, um über die Southern Alpes an die West Coast zu kommen, war's auszuhalten... Nur die vielen Serpentinen mit ihren horseshoebends nicht: mir war kotzübel... Und dann auch noch eine eklige Überraschung: das "Art Hotel" (welches wirklich sehr günstig war) ist ziemlich horrormäßig!! Ob ich hier schlafen kann?!? 😱Read more

  • Day150

    Westport

    March 9, 2017 in New Zealand

    Die nächste Station auf unserer Reise hieß Westport. Die Fahrt vom Nationalpark nach Westport führte an der Küste entlang und war super schön 😊. Noch bevor wir unsere Unterkunft in Westport erreichten, hielten wir an einem kleinen Wanderweg an, welcher zu einem Aussichtspunkt führte, von dem aus man Seelöwen beobachten konnte. Da das Wetter sehr schön war, genossen wir die Sonne noch eine Weile am Strand und machten uns dann auf zu unserem Hostel.Read more

  • Day181

    Westcoast Teil 1

    April 11, 2016 in New Zealand

    Nach der Ankunft und den leckeren Bier geht's nun entlang der Westküste gen Süden, dem kalten Süden. So machen wir ein kleinen Zwischenstop in Westcost um meine Hose zu reparieren und ein paar schöne Wanderwege zu absolvieren. Unterwegs nach Greymouth machen wir unter anderem noch Halt bei den "Pancake Rocks" und dem "Blow Hole". Und ja, die Pancake Rocks sehen wirklich wie übereinander gestapelte Pancakes aus, deswegen haben wir uns am Abend auch gleich die Sachen gekauft, um am nächsten Morgen selbst welche zu machen ... Und die waren lecker :)Read more

  • Day62

    Kiwi Exp. - Kaiteriteri to Westport

    June 20, 2015 in New Zealand

    Kaiteriteri sat sullen as a beach town out of season with only birds occupying the sands but it didn't matter to us as we weren't staying around. We drove to our first stop, the Nelson Lakes, where in summer you can take a jump off the short wooden pier into the deep blue waters surrounded by hills and mountains. However today, in winter, no one attempted to do this at risk of going into shock from the icy temperatures. Instead we took in the views from the pier and fed cat food to eels, who congregate in the shadows under the planking. Clouds drifted low under snow sprinkled peaks like the aftermath of a great fire.

    After a short hike through rain sodden forest on the shoreline we drove down through valleys of pine and past fast flowing rivers swollen by the rains. The clouds continued to haunt the hillsides as we past under the towering greenery.

    The absence of other vehicles or homes for miles upon miles gave the landscape a sense of emptiness. The South Island's population is far less than that of its Northern brother, with the entire island having only as many people as those that populate Auckland. There are only 30,000 between Kaiteriteri and one of our future destinations, Franz Josef.

    We chased the fading light and the prospect of a hot meal to our final stop, Westport, where we cooked up steak and chips from the local supermarket and washed it down with New Zealand pale ale. We sat around the table, old friends (it feels that way after 2 or more weeks travelling together) and new, drinking beer, sharing jokes and learning French with Perrick.
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  • Day12

    Westport, Seals, Pancakes and Ice

    November 13, 2017 in New Zealand

    Today we start in where we ended yesterday, Westport. This time we had a nice large apartment, room to sit, cook and sleep without disturbing each other. Better than our closet on the North Island.

    From here we move only a short drive to the West. A colony of fur seals should live here on the cape. The cape is called Cape Foulwind. It got it's name from the strange winds that come around it, messing up for the ships back in the days. Many ships got into trouble back then.

    So, seals... There was a nice platform built especially for the tourists to watch the seals. The seals are quite used to the rumour above their heads... or they don't hear it (anymore) because of the noise the sea makes... whatever, they are not really interested in us and are either sleeping, swimming, playing or looking around doing nothing really. There are also baby Seaberts... They are cute, and for what I've heard, a *PITA* to watch, as most people forgot to bring binoculars and don't have the lenses on their cameras to make pictures of them... ;-)

    But I do ! :-)

    After the seal colony we moved on to the Pancake Rocks and 'blowholes'... These holes are formed in the rocky coast, and when shit gets windy enough, the waves ram into those holes, blowing the water through a sort of canals, moving it up and blowing it high into the sky. Unfortunately for us, it wasn't that kind of weather, and although the water seemed messy enough down at sea level, we haven't seen any of the blowholes actually blowing water...

    Now this old man Jerry, remember?, from our 2nd night's B&B, he advised to go to Hokitika beach. It's a little like Noordwijk or Zandvoort, but 10% of it's size... very cosy, and nice to go to the beach and have lunch... So that's what we did. We went to the beach, to make 5 photos, and then got lunch. We found a very nice place, just outside the town center and had a really great hamburger and pizza.

    Now it was time to go into glacier county. Another 90 minute drive over windy roads (<< watch it: not WINDy, but as WINDING, with curves and so ;-)).
    Once in Franz Josef Glacier (a township made solely for tourist, not bigger than a couple of h/motels, backpackers lodges and a few restaurants, the sky turned grey and cloudy... We had to see the glacier, we thought, so we moved down the track to the glacier 'terminal'. It brought us up to 750 meters from where the glacier ends. We learn that this F.J.Glacier moves 2 meters a DAY, but also gets smaller each day by somewhere in between 30cm to 1,5m. Between 2008 and 2015 the glacier retreated about 800 meters... We are not geologists, but we can do the math... this glacier might not exist anymore in about 10-20 years if it goes on like this... (at least not in it's current state...)

    It was very cloudy when we got to the glacier so the pictures don't give a great idea of how it actually looks like... It's all a bit depressive, although IRL it's an impressive thing. The contrast of the snow and ice white with it's clear blue cracks, and the black and dark grey rock surroundings should be a marvellous sighting.

    Not today... however, when we got back to the car, the clouds were gone from the top area of the glacier, but since it was a little less than an hour walk, we decided not to go back ;-) I again used the telelens to end up with something usable.

    We go on to Fox Glacier, another little township, just 25km further down the road. Same story here... but even smaller than FJG. We had dinner and went to bed early. Tomorrow SHOULD be an early one...
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  • Day461

    Rocks that look like pancakes

    May 23 in New Zealand

    Luckily the rain and wind did pipe down a bit last night and this morning seemed to be a brighter day. We know from experience now that it can all be deceptive and within minutes it'll change so we made sure we were prepared today for a downpour at any time. We were lacking a plan from this point onwards so we headed to a coffee shop to get on Wi-Fi to research some things about our next steps. Also we have decided for Nick's birthday we will book into an Airbnb for a couple of nights to give us a mini break from life in the van. We spent time this morning working out where we'd expect to be and we've given ourselves the deadline of the 31st to be in the North island where we've booked a place to stay in Wellington. It'll be nice to be able to sleep in a bed for a couple of nights that we haven't had to assemble and disassemble in the morning! This gives us just over a week to cover the top of the South island and we also realised if we do miss anything out we are coming back down onto the South island at some point so we can always do these things then or even in summer. Since visiting the jewellery makers we are more determined than ever to find our own stones to use to make some unique pieces. We drove to the outskirts of Greymouth where a huge stretch of pebble beach is. There were millions of stones and we both set off in opposite directions eyes down picking up any that might be promising. We'd probably spent a good 30 to 45 minutes wondering around and looking and it was only when we looked back at each other did we realise how far we'd walked. Nick was a small spec on the horizon and waved his umbrella at me to signal he was ready to move on. As I walked back towards the van I was still glancing down when I saw what looked like the shape of a bottom. I picked it up and was quite surprised to find that it was indeed a bottom on a very worn down china doll that has no legs or head. It's the most bizarre feeling to hold it and not know anything about it's origin or how it ended up here. We'd both found a good few stones but I'm not sure any will be workable. It turns out it's quite hard to find the "right" ones. We continued on our way and drove quite a distance up to Pancake Rocks. We did stop at a few view points on the way which overlooked the beautifully rough Tasman sea. The rocks themselves looked like stacks of pancakes and geologists can't actually work out how they formed in such even and precise layers. The erosion that has happened on them is incredible and the railed path takes you over huge archways where the sea has powered through the rock below. Many places now also have blow holes where the water and spray shoots up when the waves are at their biggest. The sound of the force and power of the sea below was amazing and it's beautiful how it's sculpted the landscape. After admiring the area for quite some time we headed north again towards Westport where we planned to stay the night. 15km or so from the town we saw a sign for a seal colony so we took the detour out to sea. We were met by loads of Weka birds in the carpark which look a bit similar to the kiwi and are often mistaken for the kiwi itself. After a short walk we could see the seals and pups on the rocks below as the sun began to set. As we left the rain began and we received quite a few smiles from people as we ran past then back to the van. We made it to Westport and to our freedom camp spot by the beach. It's not a bad spot but the rain is coming down pretty hard now so we will have to see how it is in the morning in regards to our plans for tomorrow.Read more

  • Day73

    Surfen und angeln in Westport

    February 28, 2017 in New Zealand

    In Westport haben Jamie und ich die Mädels in der Bibliothek abgeladen und haben uns ein Surfbrett gemietet. Es war mein erstes mal auf einem Surfbrett und es hat mir unglaublich Spass gemacht, ich werde das so schnell wie möglich wiederholen.

    Nach dem Surfen sind wir zum angeln übergegangen und jetzt kommt die Geschichte mit dem Handy:
    Nach eiiner Weile hatte ich tatsächlich einen grossen Fisch am Hacken. Als wir ihn jedoch an Öand holen wollten ist die Schnur gerissen. Ohne nachzudenken bin ich mit allenn Kleidern ins Wasser gesprungen um den Fisch nicht entwischen zu lassen, was auch gelang :) Blöderweise hatte ich dabei mein Handy im Hosensack, was dieses mit dem sofortigen Tod quittiert hatte... Naja immerhin hatten wir am nächsten Tag ein super Mittagessen :DRead more

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Westport, WSZ, ウエストポート, უესტპორტი, 웨스트포트

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