Merry go round the world

Monthly Archives: January 2018

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