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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel April 22nd 2011

Karfreitag hieß es: Auto voll laden und los! Zuerst die Anja abgeholt und dann noch den Steve, einen Kiwi mit Maori-Mama, Tonga-Papa und Verwandten in der ganzen Welt... Sehr unterhaltsam, vor allem seine Geschichten! Wenn er anfängt mit "Ich habe einen Onkel / einen Cousin / eine Tante / eine Cousine der/die...", dann weiß man, dass man mal wieder eine lange Geschichte zu hören bekommt :) Anja ist eine Berlinerin, die, wie ich, bis September in Neuseeland bleiben wird. Wir werden also noch einige Ausflüge miteinander unternehmen... Zunächst sind wir zu einer dieser besagten Tanten und Onkels gefahren, die uns zu einem kleinen süßen Campingplatz in Tapu geführt haben. Dort konnten wir das Wochenende in deren Camper verbringen, der nicht nur billig sondern auch wunderschön gelegen war. Und mit Steve, der sich als Gastgeber gegeben hat ... read more
Unser Camper links mit dem Auto daneben.
Total ruhig und idyllisch...
...und sooo grün!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi April 15th 2011

I got the 7am ferry and had a nice sunrise trip to Auckland and desided to get the train out of the city. I started at Pukekohe and headed east. Was very bad roads to start with lots of trucks but that only lasted 10k then it was all go. The rest of the road was really fast b est yet. The ride through the gorge was great but not much room on the roads i had to be really carefull. I got into Waihi at 5. i went into count down for a feed and while in there seen all me gear and asked where i was staying to night, i replayed out the bush somewhere. He insisted i came and stay at his place witch i did. The guy was gream and a nice ... read more
Train out of Auckland
Gorge to Waihi

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga April 14th 2011

Hot water beach campsite. Had breakfast with Hayley and her mum. Back into Whitianga- to Bay Carving to finish my Maori/Celtic bone carving. I sanded it within an inch of it's life to smooth out any imperfections. Quite satisfied with how it came out and good to know it's a one-off personal design. Plus way cheaper than if you were to buy one in Auckland. Got assaulted again by seagulls when trying to eat my fish and chips by the harbour. Drove down road towards Mount Maunganui and after a fair few miles realised that I'd left my laundry in hot water beach campsite like a complete eejit. Drove back and parked up for the night back at Hot Water Beach. Early start in the morning to move myself down the coast to Mount Maunganui. Bone ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga April 13th 2011

The Coromandel Peninsula is the bit that juts out east of Auckland. Most of it is within about 4-5 hours driving from Auckland itself, so there are quite a few towns where Aucklanders have holiday homes etc. that are quiet except during school holidays. We spent about 5 days in the area. Enjoyed taking our time, going for scenic walks to various view points and beaches. We did splash out a bit to celebrate Jordan's birthday and go for a boat cruise to see the coast line from another angle, sadly this is when Kathie lost her hat in the wind. Generally though we had great weather, and it was nice and relaxing. New Chums beach claims to be a top 20 in the world, have to admit, it was pretty nice. Unfortunately developers are looking ... read more
Cathedral Cove
Coromandel walkway 2
Hot water beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga April 13th 2011

Whitianga. Breakfast with Hayley and her mum Jane. Went into Whitianga and walked around. Really good weather and very pleasant harbour town. Feels like a quite a real off place with a lot of sailing and arts. Bone Carving. I decided I wanted to have a go at making my own piece of Maori jewellery. I read about a place here in Whitianga called Bay Carving where you can carve your own piece of bone. I sat down at the campervan park before I went into town and roughly worked out a design. I decided to have a go at combing Celtic and Maori design. There's a bit of a similarity between Maori and Celtic patterns. Decided to make the overall shape that of the Maori fish-hook but formed from Celtic knotworks. The fish-hook is a ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Coromandel Town April 12th 2011

Coromandel town. Went and experienced the Driving Creek Railway. It was the Vision of one man, the potter Barry Brickell. Very inspirational story. Barry was the first full time clay potter in New Zealand and purchased some land just outside Coromandel town to set up his studio. He set up the first wood fired clay kiln at his studio. His productivity required that he had a constant supply of clay to work with.After surveying his own land which sloped up into the dense forest he was able to locate clay deposits. He therefore decided to do the pretty unusual thing of building his own miniture train line by himself to allow him to get up to the deposits, dig his own clay and transport it back to his own studio! He built and built and built ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Coromandel Town April 11th 2011

Coromandel Town. Walked around town. Really quaint old gold-rush style buildings. Gold rush town mid-1800's. Gold mining exhibition here and rock battery. Waterworks. Lots of arty, creative people here. Main street in town has loads of Galleries. Met a Tom Bombadilesque character with other 60 boars as pets on way out to see the waterworks park. Intelligent fella even though he obviously hadn't had a shower in years. Lived in a hut with the pigs.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Coromandel Town March 15th 2011

Up early after an early night and a good night sleep. Into the showers early before the rest of the site wakes up, then breakfast outside the van. Still sunny, we have been lucky so far We set off at about 09:00, we have decided that we will fuel up first thing everyday, as the petrol stations do not appear to be as available as we are use to. I programmed the GPS for a gas station at Whitianga. We arrived there and fuelled up and then parked and went for coffee/ hot chocolate. I have a pastry, I am really getting into the pastries and cakes, like date scones etc. Today is really good date, walnut and apricot cake!! We set off again. Progress is slow with steep winding narrow roads. But the scenery is ... read more
Hotwater Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei February 20th 2011

Feb. 20 Hahei Beach to Auckland Hahei beach has been described as “ A little bit of Heaven”. It certainly is beautiful. Norm was up early to catch a beautiful sunrise while I made breakfast. Sunrise was lovely but sky is dark, full of clouds and surf is rough. Toast and cereal then, check out and off to find Cathedral Coves kayaks- an original “desk on the beach” – literally- with mobile VISA ! Looking at the weather I am not optimistic we will be going out. One lady spies my Calgary shirt and our Tilly hats and asks us where in Canada we are from. She is from London with a cottage in Port Elgin. We have a lovely chat and visit. She is truly an inspiration – she is 75, travelling New Zealand on ... read more
Ready to launch into waves
Hahei Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Paeroa February 9th 2011

8 February 2011 We would have liked to linger a little longer in Taupo however we have a plan and that involved once again moving on. Today we were headed in the direction of the Bay of Plenty (named by Captain Cook who, apparently, noticed how abundant the local area was) where we planned to stay at one of two DOC campsites that we had pinpointed. First stop however was Rotorua. Because we both have a childish sense of humour, we were quite some distance from the town when we both started asking if the other could smell rotten eggs. Rotten eggs? Well, Rotorua is home to the most active geothermal area in New Zealand. Think hot springs, geysers, mud pools and sulphur - giving the air that unmistakable tang of rotten eggs. It is ... read more
A hot spring by the side of the road
And another
Lake Rotarua

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