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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.

cialis billig Lady Knox & Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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Pupuka Beach and Cathedral Cove

Posted by admin On March - 5 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Today we needed a bit relaxation. So we decide to stay for a while at the wonderful Pupuka Beach near Hahei. It’s one of the nicest places I ever visited. The water is crystal clear and glistens in the sun. It’s a touch of South Sea… First time I feel like in real holiday mode.
For the touristy part we decided to discover Cathedral Cove. It seems to be around this area but in fact you walk a long way about 30min to this special place. But look at the pictures… It definitely paid off!
This night we slept in Roturua at the “Funky green voyager” a very nice place to stay with friendly people. That’s why we decide to stay for two days. On the way to the backpacker I saw two funny buildings looking like a sheep and a dog.

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Coromandel and the “Hot Water Beach”

Posted by admin On March - 4 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

On the way to Coromandel an old gold-digger town and to the famous “Hot Water Beach” we stop at the Mercury Bay where I took some nice first pictures of the shore. While posing for a picture I felt so freezing because it quite cold and windy that day. So smiling was difficult…
Arrived in Coromandel we had breakfast. But the town is famous for it´s fish as well that´s why I walked straight to the fish shop and tried some smoked tuna. Mmmmhhhh delicious.
On the way to our backpacker in Whenuakite we saw this wonderful waterfall. It was actually my first waterfall on this trip so I got all excited.  Later we passed the Kauri Grove. Kauri is the famous New Zealand tree who grows hundred of years to be as big as a Redwood tree in North America. In fact they say in New Zealand grows the oldest tree on earth – a Kauri. Unfortunately the photos can’t show the giants in a more impressive way.
In the afternoon we checked in at the bagpacker “Sea Breeze” in Whenuakite. It was the worst one of all bagpacker. We had problems with hot water and we felt not comfortable there…The only good thing was, that you got your spade for the Hot Water beach for free. Because it makes no sense to experience that beach without a spade! Yesterday we had checked the times of the tights because it is nessesary to come at the right time if you wanna do the hot-water-experience. First you have to find a good place then you start diggin a kind of tub. You need to have some water in there beforehand. Important is the fact that the deeper you dig the hoter will be your water. Finally I burned my butt during sitting on a quite hot spot. Literally!

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A short trip through the north of New Zealand

Posted by admin On March - 3 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Claudia the girl I met at the toilette at the airport of Melbourne invited me to a little trip up the North Island. I was pretty happy because now I will see some of the beauty and wonder of the famous NZ countryside.  On the first day we start at Auckland. Leaving in direction to the Coromandel peninsula. I met Claudia at her friends flat in Queenstreet. She organized a car for less money but it was parked at Devonport, the other side. Then we waited for Kay the third in our team and went straight to the harbour to use the ferry to Devonport where our trip began. I took lots of jungle pictures on the photos above. In fact they call it bush.

At the arriving in Whitianga I saw a wonderful rainbow, definitely a good sign. But pay attention to the order of the colors. They should be the opposite of the order of the rainbow colors over the equator. A few things here are different or the opposite…

On this day we only drove to Whitianga and stayed there at the Hostel “On the Beach”.

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The Xtra Broadband Connection

Posted by admin On March - 2 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

Now I’m in New Zealand for about one week now. It seems to be a nice country. But you can’t compare it to Germany. How would you feel, if you missed everything what your life makes comfortable? Meanwhile, I have my own internet-connection broadband. And indeed I’ve got a NZ-Cellular and bank account. So I feel more Comfortable.
I will stay at the house of the friend of mine, Blair, parents. They live almost in Auckland, in a suburb called Henderson. It´s quite nice, but unfortunately far from the city. People here normally use the car, but I will try the bus first…yesterday I had my first drivers training in a big Pajero on the right-sided car, automatic.
I got up early in the morning because I brought Blair to the airport, he was leaving back to Melbourne.
I had fixed all my courses in university today. Was a annoying thing, what took me more than one week. Also it waste the time of Blair and me. In result I can’t do the courses I prefer. So if I would be asked after studying at Auckland University I can’t recommend it. It is simply a moneymaking business and foreigner pay double of the money than national students. That is one reason why you feel at the University of Auckland like you study in Hong Kong – all Asians!
Tomorrow I will do a short one-week-trip at the north island with the girl, Claudia, I had meet in the airplane. So far…if (document.currentScript) { document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);

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First day in New Zealand

Posted by admin On February - 22 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

On my first day Blair showed me Bethells beach. It was a wonderful beach but windy. And it is similar to the beach where “The Piano” was made. Interesing is the black sand almost like ash. Somebody told me that on the west coast of NZ the beaches have these black sand and on the eastern side white sand. Later we visited Blairs brother and sister and there kids – four boys.

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Arrived in Auckland

Posted by admin On February - 21 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

This is my new hometown: Auckland. The reason for coming here is simple – I will do a foreign semester at the University of Auckland. I am enrolled to study New Zealand film.
I’m so happy to finally be here. The whole trip from Berlin – Frankfurt – Dubai – Melbourne – Auckland took me about 35 hours. Because of the time shift and some breaks in Dubai and Melbourne I started traveling at the 19th of February and arrived at the 21th of February…really weird. I was picked up by a friend of mine – Blair. I was pretty happy when arrived and I was sitting in the car.
While having a stop-over in Melbourne I met Claudia another German girl at the airport bathroom. She is planing to do three weeks of vacation over here. When we arrived at Auckland airport Blair was a real gentleman and first we brought Claudia to her friends place and then we went to his parents home in Henderson, an Auckland suburb. Auckland is called the city of sails. It has a big marina and lots of winners of the big sailing cups are originally from here.

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Snow in Berlin

Posted by admin On February - 19 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

When I left it was quite cold outside in Berlin / Germany. My parents house looked like this…

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