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  • Day58

    Learning about Kauri history

    January 3 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Checkout was at 10, we had a relaxed morning with a shower on the farm. Before leaving we had a look at a part of their land which had the smallest chapel of New Zealand, some chickens that thought we were there to feed them, and some other funny objects they had no space for anymore in their shed exhibition.

    Next stop was the Kauri museum, but not before we had to return at some point because we realised we had forgotten food that was still in the fridge. When we finally got to the museum, we used a discount card we received from the car rental company, so the entrance price wasn't too bad. We read good reviews about the museum and they turned out to be correct. It was a huge museum with too much information to take in about kauri trees, gum, and New Zealand history. It was very interesting to learn about the value of the Kauri tree and its gum in the past and how they build dams that they would open once the water was high enough to move these huge heavy trees from the forest to the coast.

    When we were ready to leave again we discovered that it had rained in the meantime, so our far too dirty car got a free wash and looked reasonably dirty now. We drove further with the goal of sleeping somewhere close to Goat Island, where we wanted to snorkel the next day. This turned out tricky again as we didn't find 75NZD (45€) an acceptable price for a campsite. We ended up in Whangateau were we spend 46NZD and were positively surprised by all the new facilities they had. And we were lucky too, as they had exactly one spot left. We cooked the usual pasta dinner, had a late evening walk to the local graveyard, and did some more research about where we were going next.
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  • Day73

    Wir erkunden die Strände des Nordens

    February 8 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Leider kein Insidertip mehr, aber wunderschön aufgezogen ist der Farmermarkt in Matakana. Hier werden in kleinen Holzhäusern allerlei lokal erzeugte Leckereien verkauft. Kommt man ganz früh am Morgen, teilt man sich den Markt und den kleinen Fluss, der direkt am Markt entlang fließt nur mit ein paar Einheimischen. Wir besorgen uns Brot, Schokocroissants und Brötchen und ziehen uns an den Flussabschnitt zurück, an dem wir unser Auto geparkt haben. Wir frühstücken ausgiebig unter der dortigen Pergola und beobachten die vielen Autofahrer auf der verzweifelten Suche nach einem Parkplatz.

    Wieder unterwegs gelangen wir auf die Halbinsel Omaha. Hie scheinen nur besser Betuchte ihre Ferienwohnungen mit Fuhrpark, Boot, Jetskies etc. zu haben. Wir unternehmen einen Spaziergang am Strand von Omaha und genießen die Sonne.
    Christian hätte gerne einen Halbtages-Angelausflug gemacht, er war jedoch von dem Preis für 2.000 Dollar und Angeln sind selbst mitzubringen etwas abgeschreckt. Verständlich...

    Unser Nachtquartier schlagen wir am Matheson Bay bei Leigh auf, denn am nächsten Morgen soll es früh losgehen. Die Lage ist direkt am Strand und perfekt für eine Abkühlung.
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  • Day56

    Ti Point

    January 16, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    After a long slow drive up to Ti Point i finally got on some real rock did my first lot of top rope soloing on a really nice offwidth crack and having to haul my pack and rope up after the first few feet. Because someone didnt check the tide ! I then came across a beautiful little place to have a quick dip on the walk back.Read more

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