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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

Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand - 16th October 2016

By: Apperveilchen

On the western point of Cape Reinga starts 90 mile beach, a long beach that stretches until Kaitaia, but isn't actually 90 miles long but only 55 miles. The reason for the name that I heard was that there was a farmer who let his cows walk this stretch and they usually walked 30 miles per day and needed 3 days for this treck, so it had to be 90 miles long in his mind. However, as I can tell you, walking in sand takes more effort than walking on grass. It's open to cars nowadays and you are allowed to drive 100km/h.
Any way, what does one do in the sand? Sandboarding!


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Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand - 19th October 2016

By: Apperveilchen

After getting a bus back to Auckland for one night and another one the next day to the Coromandel peninsula and rented a bed near Hot Water Beach, where thermal hot springs come out right at the beach in the sand, so that it low tide one can dig a hole that will automatically fill with hot water.
Another tourist attraction is Cathedral Cove that one can walk to along a cliff top walk.
There are other small coves the way also leads to that are much less visited.

* Posted Mar 11, 2017, 3:31 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Karangahake Gorge, New Zealand - 20th October 2016

By: Apperveilchen

The name Karanga-hake is from alarm signals that warned the Maori here of approaching enemies that were sounded by look-outs along the gorge,  it means something like 'sound from the other side'.
Karangahake Gorge was formed by the Ohinemuri River and used to be gold mining country between 1870 and 1950. Here are teh remains of one of the mines:

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