Category: New Zealand

Good-Bye New Zealand – What a Great Time

And so our five and a half weeks in New Zealand came to an end. New Zealand hasn’t disappointed us and kept up with our high expectations. It’s definitely a country one visits because of its natural beauty. Where else in the world can you find snow covered mountains,...
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Northland and Auckland

Leaving Coromandel Peninsula behind we drove straight through Auckland (which we saved for the last few days of our New Zealand trip) towards Whangarei but not without a stop at Piora Falls, a chess factory and some shopping for Hazel. The next day started with a morning exercise for...
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Rotorua and Coromandel Peninsula

A fifty kilometer drive brought us from the campground to Rotorua the tourist capital of the North Island. First we had a look at the local market which was set in the middle of more steaming and stinky holes. Afterwards we walked along Sulfur Bay for more thermal sightseeing...
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Wellington, Tongario NP and Taupo

After the three hour crossing of the Cook Straight on the Interislander Ferry we arrived in Wellington where we were welcomed by Peter and Kathy, which we first met a few months earlier at a friend’s wedding in Switzerland. They invited us to be their guests for the next...
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Queenstown, Mount Cook, The Glaciers and the Rest

Unfortunately the rain which started the evening before didn’t stop during the night and so it was still raining when we got up which meant that for the first time we needed to pack our tent in full rain. As you can imagine this was good fun to start...
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Southern Scenic Route and Milford Sounds

Before heading off to Invercargill we drove out to Dunedin’s Peninsula. However we weren’t really willing to pay 30 NZD for visiting a castle (this ain’t Scotland after all) nor to pay 40 NZD for watching some Albatrosses and so we headed back to town after a while. There...
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Cruising the East Coast down to Dunedin

Today Sebi and Marielle left for the West Coast while we headed south on the eastern side of the island. Our destination for the day was Kaikoura. The road along the east coast is very scenic with a lot of seal colonies just lying on the rocks. We stopped...
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Hiking Abel Tasman National Park with Friends

The world is small and so we bumped into Marielle and Sebi which are good friends of us and were on a half a year around the world trip. Okay it actually was all planed nevertheless we were all delighted to see each other at the other side of...
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The West Coast and Nelson Lakes National Park

Fortunately the next day greeted us with sunshine and we had stroll along the river front of the town. Greymouth has a rich coal mining history and we saw some mining relict along the pathway. A newly inaugurated memorial was dedicated to the miners who lost their lives while...
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Via Hanmer Springs to the West Coast

Before leaving Christchurch (and forgetting our iPhone charger at the backpacker) we had a quick look at Lyttelton where the port of Christchurch is situated. Once again we encountered a lot of evidence of the earthquakes ranging from half-collapsed houses to semi-rebuild parks. The port itself was rather small...
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