(derzeit leider nur die englische Version!!, sorry! Wir arbeiten dran)
Alright we´re back.
To much to do and enjoying so it´s pretty hard to find some time to write and let you know whats going on. Sorry about that. New Zealand is just amazing and there are so many places to go.
A must do around Auckland is to go to the Coromandel Peninsula. Around christmas time the trees colour into a shiny red and the drive along the coast is just beautiful.
We really enjoyed the beaches, the forest and of course the seafood. Also there are nice walks, waterfalls and we passed a farm were the pigs are running to the gravel road and if you stop for a foto and leave the cardoor open you might have a new passenger on board.
Really famous for Coromandel ist he hot water beach and the Cathedral Cove. Really worth the 45 minutes walk. Along the coastroad we passed many nice places and we ended up in Mount Maunganui. A nice vulcano with great views and easy to walk. There is also a good brewery just out of town who offers a lot of good drinking beers. We´ve been to a lot of breweries and i hope i´ll find the time to write about them.
After a couple of beach days we drove inland to Rotorua. Surrounded by beautiful lakes and forest it´s famous for it´s maori villages and the volcanic and geothermal activitvity. A place to learn about the Maori history, visit their villages, see the geothermal fields, the legendary Pohutu Geyser and get used to the unforgettable smell of sulphur. It´s really amazing to see bubbling mud pools, colorful hot lakes and see how to boil corn in the hot pools. There are also a number of thermal spas where you can relax after a long day. At least you can try it if you have a kid.
Further south we stopped again in Taupo on the way to the Tongariro National Park. We´ve done some beautiful trekking to waterfalls, one oft hem was Gollums pool, and enjoyed the views from Mt Ruapehu. From there you can see Mordor from Lord oft the Rings which is actually the volcano called Mt Ngauruhoe. It´s a beautiful volcano and i came really close to it when i did the amazing Mt Tongariro Alpine crossing. A great experience. I reccomend to start eary because it´s the most famous walk in new zealand and i heard it can be really crowded. I´m glad i missed the crowd and had the sunrise for myself.
The next on our list was Hawke Bay. The nice city of Napier was destroyed after a big earthquake in 1931. The city center was rebuild and got a unique character. Napier is a good place to explore the vineyards or travel down south along the vine route like we did. There are also a couple of fruitfarms wich offers the legendary and jummy real fruit icecream.
We had a few stops before we arrived the south end oft he north island and new zealands capital city Wellington. The weather was not so nice to us and gave us rain and strong wind so the city exploring was a bit tricky. Cuba street ist he place we spend the most time. Nice cafes and a lot of pre loved clothing shops. We really enjoyed the big national museum Te Papa. A great place to see and learn a lot. Free entrace as well. Perfect for rainy days.
The three and a half hour ferry ride to the south island is really beautiful. The sun was back so we could enjoy the landscape from the deck oft the ship.
Arrived in Picton we went straight to Blenheim to get some chocolate from a local chocolaterie, try some cheese and of course some of the great wine. Again we found a winery were we could stay over night. The whole region looks like it´s growing grapes and there really is one winery after the other. Hard for us to try all of them because we had to stop at breweries as well. Hard life!!
A great place to hike trough the bush and have a swim in the chilly river was Pelorus Bridge. Nice spot to spend a couple of hours or even days. Nelson city itself was not really special but the Nelson area is beautiful. Looks like everything is growing. All kind of fruits, vegetables, olives and the famous new zealand hops. For the nights we had the best place ever. A small family owned vineyard. We parked in between olive trees, hops and vines. Only some sheep and bird came by.
Like everybody else we also went to the Abel Tasman National Park. We took a boat from Marahui to Torrent Bay. On the way we saw some seals. Not much wildlife till now. The walk back took us about five hours with Louis in the backpack an was just amazing. It was great to walk between the trees and lot´s of fern and have some lunch at a quiet little beach. Welcome to Paradise.
We found some more walks but a totally different vegetation on the west coast. Unique rock formations called the pancace rocks and endless emty beaches on top.
On the Arthur´s Pass we saw the rare Kea, the only truly alpine parrot in the world It´s awsome to drive along a scenery like this. Just make enough stopps to keep the baby happy. Shortly after that we arrived in Christchurch. We didn´t expect so much construction going on in Christchurch but after a massive earthquake in 2011 the city was pretty much gone and they still rebuild it. We stayed on a blueberry farm where we picked our own fruits and helped chasing the birds out of the net. Good fun.
After a lot of driving in Australia and New Zealand we thought of relaxing a bit and don´t move for a while, so we said let´s try to sell the car because we don´t know how long that will take. Three days later a nice Californian couple had a new van and we were kind of homeless.
At the moment we are back in Auckland staying at a friends place and enjoying the summer.