New Zealand – Part I

Hello lovelies, so now I start here with my first Travel Blog Post. I traveled a lot in the last few years and now I decided to start the travel posts with New Zealand. But it’s going to be more like a picture collection of a few, I would say my favorites. And because I have so many pictures I’m going to start with some form the North Island of New Zealand. The South Island will follow in the next week or so. If you like to have a look through my North Island travels in 2011 than go on and have a look.

The journey started in Auckland with two of my friends, Rabea and Kristina. We rented a car in Auchland and starting drivig south.

To give you a little idea of our travel route that you can follow all the places we traveled through I worked with google maps.

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So here our road trip begins.

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First we drove down to the area of Raglan, had a look at some waterfalls  on our way. In Raglan we went to the beach. It’s a huge area with some dunes and black sand. In the distance you see a few mountains and on the beach many people with some shovels. Wondering why? When it’s ebb tide you can dig a hole which fills up with water from the ground. But under the surface are also some lava flows which will heat up your pool. So you can enjoy a little hot water swim also when the weather is cooler. We have been their around April what means it’s autumn then in New Zealand.

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After a little swim we drove further down to Kāwhia and had a look at the beauty of this countryside.

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Our next stop was the Tongariro National Park right in the middle of the North Island, but the weather wasn’t quite good. So we couldn’t walk up the mountains. Not mountains, volcanoes. That’s why we just hiked up a few walks. Everything looked so mossy and kind of swampy. Like a mystic place.

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I would say it was a wet walk without any sun. When we were there we just had a rainy autumn week. To bad, but nothing we could change. That’s why we drove to Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.

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Here we just stayed a day and went on with a ferry to the South Island, but that’s what you will see in my New Zealand – Part II post next week.

So for now we just quit the South Island journey and drive back up south. This time our way leads us to the east side of the Tongariro National Park. We could see from our road that the cloudy weather in the park was still sitting there, but we could actually see the volcanoes now.

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You guys know this one very famous volcano. It’s the Mount Ngauruhoe, or the Mount Doom from the movie the Lord of the Rings. It’s such an amazing view. And we all were so sad that we couldn’t hike theeight hour walk through the whole park. You start in the west at a little town were we also hiked the little walks,  and walk over the volcanoes along a lot of active craters ending up the in east. When you are planing to go to New Zealands North Island than you maybe should go in the summer season to see the beauty of the Tongariro massif, the wide view and the turquoise but toxic crater lakes. But because the weather forecast wasn’t about any change, we just drove further.

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Our next stop was the little town Taupo at the Lake Taupo from where you could still see the volcanoes. But we didn’t stayed in this town for long as in every other one, so the next stop was: Rotorua.

Rotorua you smell already from far away. The smell of sulphur is everywhere. So be aware. But you can see a lot of activity from underground volcanoes around. The biggest one is a geyser a bit south of Rotorua. But in Rotorua itself you find a lot of little colorful lakes and hot mud pools, all of them are quiet toxic and way to hot for life except for some bacteria. That’s why the little pools are so colorful.

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Also you find in Rotorua a lot of Maori culture and churches. The churches are all out of wood and carved a lot. You can see some I would say kind of Maori deities, but actually I don’t know for sure.

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Now we had to drive back to Auckland because Kristina, one of my travel mates, had to catch her flight back home. That’s why we missed the Bay of Plenty, but the weather wasn’t that good to go to a beach right now, so we just stopped at some kiwi plantation.

Did you know that kiwis are growing upsidedown? I mean, they grow like a kind of tree climber and they are hanging down like apples.

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Doen’t sound that special I guess, but I don’t know what I expected to see. But yes, that’s how they grow.

However, back in Auckland, we said good bye to Kristina and drove to a beach around: Piha.

The weather here wasn’t good at first, but on the next morning the sun came out and we had the feeling it was late summer again.

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We walked up the big Piha Rock and had a pretty view down on the beach. The beach is very famous for surfing. And in the villiage you can actual feel the surf vibes around and a lot of surfers where driving on bikes with a surf board under their arms. Such a lovely little village.

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But the beach is the most beautiful thing about it. It’s full of black sand with a few lighter pieces in it. And down at the beach we found some shells and snails. They were so tiny, just compare the size of it with the grain of sand.

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Just a little walk away was another black beach, but less crowded. Karekare was huge we only saw one seal on a big rock in the waves and no other human.

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At the same day with this blue sky at Karekare at the west coast we drove to the east coast Pakiri. On our way we passed some green reinforest.

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When we arrived at Pakiri the sky wasn’t that blue anymore. The weather at the east coast was totaly different. The wind was strong, the beach wasn’t black anymore and there were a lot of huge shells. Also we saw a lot of shields from dead crabs and a tiny penguin. The penguin was hiding behinde a wall out of sand which he build by itself to get some rest. The waves were so high and the wind so strong, I understood why it came out and accepted all the curious glances from wandering humans.

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Now our last stop was Auckland again. We drove back south to spend a few days in the city. And it’s a beautiful one.

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By day and by night also.

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I hope you guys like my little collection of pictures I created for you and it will maybe help you a little bit to get to know the country. For the blog post of the South Island stay tuned. And some more travel post of other countries will maybe follow soon.

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Pia, x

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