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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Today the weather forecast was rain! This was great for my trip to Milford Sound! ๐Ÿ˜ I saw the Sounds under good weather conditions two days ago with the scenic flight. Now I really wanted to see them in the mystic atmosphere! And here we go … in the morning I saw a lovely rainbow. A bit further it started to get cloudy, and at Milford Sound it was raining and all… Read More

… that’s how I feel myself ๐Ÿ˜ While driving up to Glenorchy yesterday, I had some gorgeous views! I just spend the afternoon at the lake and took up this beautiful landscape! Today I planned a horse ride … to Isengard – or also called the Paradise. And I got not disappointed… it was just breathtaking! And my little fury fella – Cooper – was the best ever ๐Ÿ˜ so patient with… Read More

I started the day quite easy… with a stroll through the town and my holy morning coffee โ˜•๏ธ Later in the morning I went off for a shorter hike called ‘Rocky Mountain/Lake Diamond Lake’ Loop. It was an amazing 2-3h hike. The climb up was quite exhausting in the full sun – but absolutely worth it ๐Ÿ˜ After being back in town I relaxed and refreshed myself at the lake with an… Read More

Again a day with a lot of driving – final destination will be Wanaka. But before heading down there, I went to the mirror lake – Lake Matheson. I was super lucky with the weather. It was sunny but also very cloudy. And exactly at the time I was there, the mountain tops got visible ๐Ÿ˜ Afterwards I headed to Wanaka. The drive is so beautiful and has many scenic stops …… Read More

To reach the very south part of the island you can take the highway #6 and drive down the west coast. Up to Greymouth you will drive along the beautiful coastline with the rough rock formations. Outstanding are the so called ‘Pancake Rocks’ at Punakaiki. Also Hokitika is worth a stop for some souvenier shopping – very well known for their Jade jewelry. After several hours driving I finally reached the Franz… Read More

I spent two days in the Abel Tasman National Park. Day 1: Enjoyed a Kayaking trip along the majestic shore of the Tonga Marine Reserve. While paddling along, we spotted a few seals. After having exercised my arms I walked a part of the costal track. The outlooks were just incredible! The colors were magic! Day 2: inspired by the day before I went for a second walk in the Abel Tasman… Read More

Next stop is on the South Island – Nelson. So to get there, I booked the ferry and set over yesterday. The sea was calm and the welcoming on the south just breathtaking ๐Ÿ˜ the whole trip takes around 3h 30min, but the last hour is ‘the one’ not to miss – cruising through Marlborough Sounds till you reach Picton. From Picton I drove the Queen Charlotte Drive – a beautiful scenic… Read More

To get a bit time to relax, I stayed a couple of days in Wellington – Plimmerton to be exact. I spent most of my time with doing nothing ๐Ÿ˜ but still, I visited the Weta Caves, had a nice view from Mt. Victoria, chilled at the waterfront of Wellington and made a trip to Zealandia. I had wonderful sunny days and nearly got a sunburn ๐Ÿ˜ but it was so nice… Read More

Whanganui River (Pipiriki) was the destination for my next day trip. Headed there early in the morning from Turangi. Actually a very nice drive – winding small roads through middle earth ๐Ÿ˜ As I arrived in Pipiriki (kind of a little village in the middle of nowhere), we got ready for the trip. First part was taking the speed boat up the river, through the astonishing scenery…. i felt like driving through… Read More

Today I did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 19.4km hike. Recommended by so many people ๐Ÿ˜ The start was at 7am with the shuttle to the start point – a approx 40′ ride … Even though the weather forecast predicted no rain … we started and ended the hike with rain … unfortunately it was also quite foggy… I assume we missed the most of the beautiful and unique landscape … but… Read More

Today was completely dedicated to the topic ‘Geothermal’. First we explored the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. A easy walk through a breathtaking landscape with various hot pools and craters. The color range of the craters, landscape etc was amazing. Afterwards we headed to the Thermal Wonderland ‘Wai-O-Tapu’ to explore some more unique and spectacular geothermal elements… Also here we walked through the area and saw some more astonishing color ranges. From green, yellow,… Read More

Beside the astonishing nature here in New Zealand, a big part is also the Maori culture. So i visited the Whakarewarewa village (the living Maori Village). The place is next to Rotorua, in a unique geothermal valley. Beside a guided tour which gave a lot of inputs about their history and heritage, I enjoyed their cultural performance – which I really liked very much! I also spend some time walking through their… Read More

Somehow I booked a rafting trip – I found it on the bookme.co.nz – a great deal – 48% discounted! After my booking I checked out what’s all included ๐Ÿ™ˆ …. A grade V raft which includes a 7m waterfall! Awesome … if I had knew this before, I might not have booked it. Anyway, the booking was done ๐Ÿ™ˆ After my adventure I have to say, … great decision! It was… Read More

I started in the morning with the Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. The place is more than crowded – in fact interesting to see, how all the people dig their holes and create their own hot pools ๐Ÿ™‚ After my morning coffee and a rest at the Beach, I headed down to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Well, also this place is very busy and touristy, but it is impressive, to… Read More

For getting adjusted and for doing some rough planning I spent one day in Auckland. It is not a must see. But nevertheless a nice city. Anyway, today I picked up my car and got on the road. My red little car and I drove straight to Hahei – 163 km // 2h 15โ€˜. Ok in the beginning with a little detour ๐Ÿ™ˆ but this driving on the left … In Hahei… Read More

Last two weeks I spent at ENP Dogs again ๐Ÿ˜ I was already in Chiang Mai for two weeks of volunteering around 2.5 month ago and I did it again for Christmas and New Year! As usual it was a great experience! 400 dogs, a lot of work with amazing people! And the best of all … I saw my little boy Joli again! Only around 6 more weeks and we have… Read More