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Auckland, New Zealand - 14th October 2016

By: Apperveilchen

I just landed in Auckland after 30+ hours of travelling and am checking out the city before collapsing in my hostel bed. I am glad I pre-booked, many people seem to have trouble finding a place to sleep.

* Posted Jan 31, 2017, 11:27 am Last edited Jan 31, 2017, 11:29 am by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Whangarei Falls, New Zealand - 15th October 2016

By: Apperveilchen

I started my backpacking journey through New Zealand (don't worry, my host gets to carry both backpacks, I am not insane) on a rainy day. Advantage of a rainy day in NZ? Rainbows!!
First stop was at a waterfall to take a walk and stretch my legs after a bus trip.

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Bay of Islands, New Zealand - 15th October 2016

By: Apperveilchen

I arrived in Paihia at the Bay of Islands which is all the way in the north of the North Island of New Zealand. There are many islands and rocks in this area so I have to explore by boat!
This is the "Hole in the Rock". In good weather the boats can go all the way through but it is a bit windy and choppy and it a tight fit with a boat through at anyway, so the captain decided not to go all the way through.
Some of the islands and little beaches that can only be reached by boat look fantastic. Unfortunately the weather is still a bit cold for real beach days.
Bottlenose dolphins! Quite a large pod played around the boat for a while.
I took a walk around one of the little islands. It had a few grazing sheep and the most wonderful views:
There are of course lots of lighthouses.

* Posted Feb 11, 2017, 10:44 am Last edited Feb 11, 2017, 10:45 am by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Cape Reinga, New Zealand - 16th October 2016

By: Apperveilchen

On my day trip up to Cape Reinga I passed through (fruit) farming country and the Kauri forest which is the original vegetation of New Zealand that was largely burned or cut down first by the Maori settlers, then by European settlers.

Cape Reinga is the very north western point of the North Island where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. It is also important in Maori culture as the jumping point for the souls of the deceased, Te Rerenga Wairua, the souls want to return to the land of their ancestors (Hawaiiki) after a year long journey to begin the after life. Visitors are asked nto to eat or drink in this place because the souls are hungry.

* Posted Feb 19, 2017, 10:36 am Last edited Feb 19, 2017, 10:38 am by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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