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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Hastings January 26th 2014

Well! Christmas and New Year have gone. We had a fantastic time. After coming back into Wellington we headed down to beautiful Wanaka in the far south, just for a few days,to help Viv, Di's sister to celebrate her 60th birthday. Magic time and catching up with a few people we haven't seen for a while. Lots of food and drink and great company. Still think this is a neat place and intend to spend more time down there exploring in the not to far future. A quite time with a few people around on the Friday, but all on for the party on Saturday night. Lots of people and a lot of laughs and good times. A bit chilly but with the fires burning and the Pizza oven sending out the heat, spent most of ... read more
Quite times.
Guess what one dessert is.
The cake.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Wairakei January 22nd 2014

Just had some nice hot water shower:)... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo January 20th 2014

Staying some couple of days in Taupo. This is the mad city of the North Island. A Must-see of the New Zealand's tourist itinerary are the Huka Falls. They are part of the Waikato River which is the longest river of New Zealand. The river provides New Zealand with 15% of energy. Good job!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central January 20th 2014

Hey ihr alle, die meinen Blog verfolgt! Mein Aufenthalt in Neuseeland neigt sich langsam aber sicher zur Neige, so verbleiben mir nur noch dreieinhalb Wochen Praktikum und zwei weitere Wochen, in denen ich noch einmal etwas das Land erkunden kann. Hier kommt mein versprochener Eintrag bezueglich, was ich mache, wenn ich nicht gerade am absolut genialen Submarine-Projekt arbeite. Auch der Kiwi (Neuseelaender) ist froh, wenn es endlich Freitag ist und das Wochenende angekommen ist. Bei uns wird das Wochenende mit den Friday drinks eingelaeutet, um halb fuenf treffen sich alle im ersten Stock und trinken ein paar Bierchen, dazu gibts Chips, Cracker und Kaese, alles auf kosten des Instituts natuerlich. Seit ein paar Wochen gehe ich dann noch mit ein paar Leuten in eine Kletterhalle. Durch die Leute die ich dort kennengelernt habe bin ich dann ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland January 15th 2014

Wednesday January 15th, 2014. Auckland New Zealand & Arrival in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Sprawled between the clam waters of the Kaipara, Waitemata and Manukau harbours, Auckland is the most populous region of NZ. It is the largest Polynesian city in the world, and as such, has a distinctive cultural flavour. It is home to almost one third on NZ's population and, for the first time, we felt like we were in a city. Built on an isthmus, Auckland has 48 dormant and extinct volcanic cones. Some of the beaches have wild oceans while others are serene coves. There are also rainforests on its southern and western flanks. The cosmopolitan CBD (Central Business District) has everything a big city should have, from fine dining and boutique shopping to immaculate heritage buildings and parks. We packed ... read more
4. D admiring Aramoana 1982 by Ralph Hotere
11. D with some works Auckland Art Gallery
15. M at Auckland Art Gallery


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland January 14th 2014

Tuesday 14th January, 2014. Auckland, North Island, New Zealand D got up before 8.00 am and went and found somewhere where we could park the car all day. He found a parking lot over the road and paid the $12 NZ. We then went down to the kitchen on the ground floor to have breakfast together. We had been to Auckland before but had spent hardly any time in the downtown at all as we had hired a car and gone out of the city for the day. We intended to put this right today. We went outside and the weather was very iffy. We strolled down Queen Street until we came to the CBD. The first building we came across was the Town Hall on Queen Street & Aotea Square. The building is known both ... read more
6. Civic Theatre, Auckland
10. Britomart Transport Centre Building, Auckland
11. Auckland Ferry Terminal Building

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waitakere January 13th 2014

Monday 13th January, 2014. Drive to Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. We left Dargaville and continued our drive along the north west coast the North Island. We headed for a pinnacle called Tokatoka Peak that we had seen in the Dargaville blurb. We could see it clearly from the road but continued on and turned up to the start of the walking track. The scenery was very boring (we couldn't see the peak anymore) and it was a steep climb. We decided we had bigger fish to fry, so we returned to the road and drove back to where we had some good views of the peak and took some photos before continuing on our way. We came to a sign off to our left for Pinoa Falls along the Gorge Road. We weren't in any ... read more
13. Helensville Post Office Building
22a. M at the Gull Colony
22. Birds and Chicks, Gull Colony

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Dargaville January 12th 2014

Next stop will be Waipou Forest It's full of Kauri trees. There I met the Tui bird. He makes such gorgeous louds. Apart from the Tui, we went for a night walk to search for the Kiwi. If you are quiet you can hear how he rassles in the forest. But don't frighten him with white light.Then he will escape.Use red light. This one he can't see. I am proud of having seen two Kiwis. For the first time I could hear their strong louds. Kiwis are territorial .I want to thank Christian for driving so carefully in spite of steaming pads and unstable vehicle body. THX Chris!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Dargaville January 12th 2014

Sunday January 12th, 2014. Hokianga, Kauri Coast & Kai Iwi Lakes We had an al-fresco breakfast at the holiday park and then threw our stuff in the car and checked out. The first thing we did was drive down to the Ahipara end of 90 mile beach as D had not gone with M when she went for a stroll last night. Then we set off through the Herekino forest, heading for Kohukohu. Here we joined the half dozen or so vehicles waiting for the car ferry which would cross the Hokianga Harbour to Rawene. We took some photos of the coastline while we waited, and then of the ferry as it approached. Once we were all loaded, the skipper closed the gates at the back of the boat. Then at the last minute two more ... read more
9. Still Squeezing them on Hokianga Vehicle Ferry
13. Opononi Beach
16. M having picnic Omapere

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia January 12th 2014

Da stand ich nun an der Bushaltestelle an der Ecke Queens Street und Quay Street in Auckland City. Der Motor des Busses brummte schon und ich war im Begriff einzusteigen. Ein mulmiges Gefühl machte sich in meinem Bauch breit. Ein Teil von mir wollte wirklich in dieser Stadt bleiben um das anscheinend perfekt passende Auto zu kaufen. Ich war offenbar tatsächlich dieser Meinung ohne es je gesehen zu haben oder besonders viel Ahnung von Autos zu haben. Die anderen 50% von mir wollten aber auch schleunigst raus aus dieser unpersönlichen und brummenden Stadt. Marcus war mit zur Haltestelle gekommen um mich zu verabschieden. Wenige Minuten später saß ich im Bus und das Gefährt namh Fahrt auf. Nördlich, immer nördlich in Richtung Bay of Islands. Ich kann mich noch daran erinnern, dass die sanften grünen Hügel in ... read more
... war mit Flaggen als Vorhänge ausgestattet.
Nächtliche Paihia Wharf.

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