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First stop...Canada / Now living in New Zealand

 
18Dezember
2017

Merry Xmas!

A lot has happened in the last months and I hope to update this site soon with plenty of images and news from my latest adventures around the South of New Zealand. For now I'm back home in Christchurch spending my days working on uni projects and enjoying the summery christmas days around town.

15November
2017

Milford Sound - Heart of the Fiordlands

After my extended stay in Queenstown came to an end I made my way down to Milford Sound. 

Milford is the only town inside the Fiordlands National Park and really isn't even an actual town. The only people living here are working in Tourism mainly on one of the many Tour Boats or as Kayak Guides to discover the Sound one way or another. Next to the Ship Terminal there is a small visitor centre and a Lodge which also offers Camping and Hostel Accomadation. Apart from this, there is a tiny airport, mainly for small airplanes and rich tourists flying over from Queenstown or going on a helicopter tour to experience the Fiordlands from high above.

Otherwise there is nothing else really in town. No supermarket, no gas station, no schools or postoffice not even a signal on your phone. For all of these things one has to drive along the windy, but absolutely stunning Milford Road. Passing through mountain ranges and taking a tunnel literally through the highest mountains one reaches the small town of Te Anau after roughly 2 hours. While locals travel the 120 km in less than an hour, Tourists esp in the busy summer months often end up slowing traffic down and it can easily take 3 hours in high season, stuck behind 5 tour buses all heading to town to drop passengers off for a midday or afternoon cruise.

Luckily I had booked far enough in advance and got a spot at the Milfor Lodge to stay over night before making my way back out to Te Anau. And while it's nice to stay for a night and walk along the shore before taking one of the less busy morning boats out across the Fiords, there isn't much left to do after that, that would justify spending another night in town.

 'A cherished corner of the world where mountains and valleys compete with each other for room, where scale is almost beyond comprehension, rainfall is measured in metres and scenery encompasses the broadest width of emotions'.

This is how the author of the book "Mountains of Water - The Story of Fiordland National Park" described this stunning National Park.

Fiordland NP is the largest national park in NZ with more than 12.500 km² and over 500,000 visitors a year. The Park is home to the stunning fiords of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, beautiful lakeside towns and is known as the sightseeing and walking capital of the world. And with the adventure capital Queenstown only a couple of hours away its one of those places you simply have to visit when in Nz.

So when in Milford, I obviously had to get on one of those cruises down the sound. Considering the town is surrounded by rainforest and rain ususally falls about 300 days a year, it did not rain at all while I was down in the Fiordlands.

There's a saying that everyone should visit Milford twice in their life - once on the sunniest day of the year to see the mountain tops and reflections in the deep sea, and than the second time during the worst rain storm of the seaon as Milford only has three permanent waterfalls, but a couple of thousands that will cascade down the steep slopes as soon as it rains, and than disappear shortly after it stops again. And while it did not rain while I was there, the clouds and moody atmosphere still gave it that end of the world feeling.

 

 

10November
2017

Queenstown

So after the wedding weekend spend up north, I took a bus all the way down from Christchurch to Queenstown.

While for most NZ travelers Queenstown is high up on the list of places to live, work or party at, I wasn't planning on staying more than a few days around town. Previously I often heard people refer to it as the adrenaline capital of NZ and with hundreds of action filled adventures to keep you entertained (from the countries highest bungys, to rafting and skydiving there is stuff to do for everyone) it is also very very touristy and busy all year round. 

  

Located in one of the truely most beautiful parts of NZ Queenstown is surrounded by high alpine mountain ranges and a massive lake reaching past Glenorchy and the start of the Routeburn Track. 

Arriving in Queenstown on a cloudy afternoon I made it down to my hostel right on the Lakefront just before the rain and wind really started. And than the last big snowstorm of the year was passing through town, covering all the surounding alpine ranges and even smaller hills and upper parts of town in a thick layer of snow by the next morning.

 

The next days I wandered around town, had one of those famous fergburgers with a new friend from the states, hung out at the QT Gardens with Laura, one of my first friends in NZ from KP in Auckland who has actually been living in Glenorchy for a few months by now and hiked up just about any daywalking track one can find around town. 

I went up to the Skyline on my first day, hiked up to the top of QT Hills and stood at the basket of dreams overlooking the town  and lake a few days after and hiked the Ben Lomond Track following the Tikitrack past the skyline as well. And although the view from the skyline is nice and QT is a fairly easy walk, the view from Ben Lomond summit and really all the way up and past the sattle where just stunning.

With still some snow left closer to the top it was a beautiful day to hike up and after 3 hours up hill I reached the summit with only a handful of other people around at 11am. After taking in the views and a lunch stop a little below the summit, I met at least 50 people on my way back down to town all heading up to the top and I for one was glad that I got to spend some time up there all alone. Afterall to really appreciate the views and the nature I need some peace and quite to think and reflect and feel mesmerised by the beauty surrounding me. After another couple of hours waling back down I spend the evening hitting the bars with some new canadian friends from BC and felt ready to move on to the next big adventure on my trip.

Unfortunately, due to the snow the long hiking tracks all around Fiordlands and Southern NZ were closed off for almost a week in parts and so I found myself in town for longer than anticipated as I could not hike the Routeburn track across to Milford Sound as planned. So instead of just spending 4 days in Queenstown I ended up staying a week and although I had a great time and met lots of fun people and hiked plenty of mountains in the area, I was glad to leave, after going skydiving up in Glenorchy.

After all you gotta do one of all those activities advertised around town, I guess ;)

The skydive was amazing! We were way up high above the clouds with view so stunning. And with the ocean to the left and Mitre Peak and MT Cook in the distance and a small airstrip in Glenorchy 12,000 feet below I jumped out of a freaking plane. And boy, I'd absolutely do it again. That rush of free falling through the air and that first second when you realize you are actually falling was unlike anything I ever did before. And those views. Once I got over that first wave of pure excitement and I started looking around it was just incredible. The world looked so beautiful and peaceful. No sounds disturbing the atmosphere and just me and my tandem skydivemaster breezing through the countryside. Truely amazing experience and a great way to end my stay in Queenstown.

 

04November
2017

Of windy roads and wedding bells

After a brief stop over in Christchurch I got on a plane to Auckland for a long weekend around the North Island. The occasion? Danielle's wedding at the Mount.

Picking up a little blue rental car for the weekend however, I had decided to make this weekend a bit more of a road trip and finally go and visit those famous beaches of NZ's favourite holiday peninsula. Conveniently enough the Coromandel was right on my way from Auckland over to the Mount.

The first day I drove from Auckland to Whangamata,a small town half way to Tauranga, and since the wedding wasn't until the next day I stayed in a small beach hostel overnight and spend the morning jsut strolling across town before driving to Tauranga and getting ready for the wedding. 

Danielle's and Adam's wedding was held a bit out of town up in the hills with usually stunning views across the flats and out to the sea with the Mount looming in the distance. Unfortuanately the weather resembled something you would expect out in the welsh countryside and it was rather windy, chilly and more or less rainy all day long. Despite all of that the ceremony was lovely and the party afterwards great fund with one of the highlights definitely being the Beer Pong Tournament all guests engaged in. 

 

The next day I left Tauranga again and headed up for a loop around the Coromandel, one of the last places on my list to see in the North Island. After a stop at Cathedral Cove and a couple of hours walk down to the beach and around town I stayed overnight in Whitianga. The next morning I continued along the small and narrowly windy roads around the peninsula to the town of Coromandel from which during summer many tourists rrive via ferry straight from Aucklands CBD. After driving across the green hills and seemingly endlessly looping around and up and down, the thought of just getting a ferry across next time really sounded rather tempting. 

After a couple of hours more driving I droped the car off close to Aucklands airport and got back to Christchurch for one night before packing my hiking gear and heading down to Queenstown for another two weeks of exploring.

02November
2017

Nelson Lakes and Golden Bay

On our way to Golden Bay we decided to take a little detour and look around Nelson Lakes National Park. The weather wasn't as spectacular as the past few days, but still good enough to climb some smaller mountain tops in preparation for my planed hikes down South in November.On our way to St Arnaud we past through Murchison, my previous home in New Zealand when I first arrived in the South Island. Driving through town brought back quite a few memories of my time working in the small town cafe and how much my life has changed in the past 6 months.

The way up to the summit of Mount Robert and following the loop track along the ridge and back down to the car took us around 5 hours in total with only few other people up and around but great views in between the clouds and mist. 

After making our way back down and taking a stroll around St Arnaud we carried on to make it to Nelson in time for dinner. Driving across some smaller mountain roads and than up up up towards the coastline the sun finally made an appearance as well.

Arriving in Nelson, I dropped Ellen off at her hostel after four fun filled days of adventuring. I found myself a small, cheap and very cute campground right on the waterfront about 10 minutes south of Motueka - the perfect rest place before starting my trip up to the Farewell spit the next day. 

Farewell Spit is the most northern point of the South Island and with windy roads and one big hillside to cross over, followed by gravely roads and not much else - not a lot of people bother driving all the way up here. With the tourist season just picking up slowly I did see a couple of camper vans when I parked my car 3,5 hours later and the start of the walking track towards the spit and lighthouse, however it was nothing compared to the usually overflowing car parks around Tourist Attractions between December and late January.

  

The walkway took me all around across the fields and over to a beautiful beach before following the rigged coastline up and down and up and down, past sheep and cattle. For the next two hours I walked in the bright sunlight with gorgeous blue skies and a breathtaking view across the sea as I made my way towards the Farewell Spit. After reaching the viewpoint the walkway continued on for another half an hour climbing a bit further inland and passing a small lighthouse overlooking the ocean. From here the way can be continued for another couple of hours down to the beach, however I turned around and instead started the 10 km journey back to my car.

 

On my way back to my campground I stoped a couple of times to have a look around some of the smaller fishing villages, as well as for a stroll along a beautiful shallow beach where I just enjoyed walking through the water and listening to the waves. Finally I stopped at the top of the Takaka hills and went for a short 1 h return walk up to the top to enjoy the views and stretch my legs after driving 100s km in a day. The views, adventurous and that feeling to stand at the top tip of NZ's South Island however more than made up for it all.

The next morning, I spend a couple of hours around Motueka before hitting the road and driving all the way back to Christchurch to drop the car of the next morning and than catch a flight up to the North Island for the wedding weekend and Coromandel roadtrip !

In the end this 10-day roadtrip across the South Island was absolutely perfect. I met great people, saw beautiful landscapes and spend a fair amount of time scrambling up some mountain tops searching for the best vantage point to capture NZ's beauty.

 

30Oktober
2017

Pancakes and Arthurs Pass

Moving on from our glacier adventures Ellen and I drove up the coast towards Hokitika and the famous Gorge with beautiful turquoise waters and at least a million sandflies awaiting us. Along the way the sag along to awesome roadtrip songs from 500 miles to Ed Sheeran and Oasis. Our singing of course was great - definitely loud and mainly out of tune ;)

When we got to the Gorge we went for the short 30 minute walk down the water and climbed up and around the rocks. in summer a lot of people go for a quick dip in river, however the water was pretty chill at this time of the year so after a quick photoshop we moved on and headed downtown to go for a stroll along the beach of Hokitika. From there we drove the last 1,5 hours up North all along the coast until we arrive in Punakaki.

The small coastal time is great for surfing and popular for tourists mainly because  of the 'Pancake rocks' just outside town. The rocks show layers and layers neatly stacked upon each other ultimately making the rocks look like pancakes. We decided to hang around for an amazing sunset watching the sun slowly dip down into the ocean.

The next morning we said Goodbye to the beaches and beautiful coastline of the west coast and drove the short distance over to Arthur's Pass. Arthur's Pass is the second of the three crossings from the west over mountains to the east of the South Island. 

In Arthur's Pass we went for a walk to the Punchbowl Falls first and after the 45minute loop climbing many many stairs we added another walk to our day and headed along Arthurs Pass Track and somehow just added a little extra to it until we found ourselves at the very top and three hours later decided to turn back around and actually have a look around the village. 

Originally Ellen and I planned to part ways after adventuring around Arthur's pass since she planned to head North and I sort of thought about going to Mt Cook village. That was until I checked the weather forecast and didn't feel like going back to wintery temperatures. So after enjoying our leaving meal of ciders, garlic bread and hot chips, I decided to go up to Golden Bay instead. This way Ellen's and my adventure continued for another day.

  

 

28Oktober
2017

Glacier country

After two adventures days crossing the Haast Pass I arrived in Haast early the next morning and met Ellen in town who was looking for a ride to the glaciers. Since I was heading that way and happy to have some company for a day we moved on together. In the end I traveled with Ellen for the next four days, passing beaches and seeing dolphins on our way to the glaciers.

Starting with a walk down to Fox Glacier we drove to Lake Metheson next, also often referred to as mirror lake in NZ. On a good day the lake gives a perfect reflection of the Souther Alpes, reflecting the tops of Mt Cook, Mt Tasman and may other peaks of the range. Unfortunately when we got there it was cloudy and windy - so no reflection and no mountain tops anywhere to be seen :( 

Slightly disappointed we got back from the loop walk after 1,5 hours and drove the 30 minutes over to Franz Joseph Glacier where we both stayed for the night. Before dropping Ellen at the Hostel we made plans to leave early the next day to check out that Glacier before hitting the road all the way up the coast to make it to Punakaki.

By 7.30 the next day, the weather was perfect, the sky was blue and not a single cloud could be seen anywhere. So instead of just heading to the glacier we decided to drive back to the Lake and do a second loop around. And it was soo worth it!! With it being still early in the morning the lake was calm and there was only few other people around yet (to be fair, at least three tourists buses where just leaving when we got there - so lucky lol).

The reflection was almost perfect and we found ourselves doing the whole 1,5 hour loop an second time stopping plenty of times for photos and to just enjoy the scenery. After the successful start for the day we went back over to Franz Joseph to have a look at this glacier.

While Franz Joseph is still bigger than Fox glacier, both glaciers have significantly reduced their size over the past decades and will likely not be around (at least not to be seen form the grounds) anymore in another 50 years or so. The DOC has already expanded the walkways multiple times with the glacier reducing further and further and only looking over the edge a little bit by now.

After seeing and standing on massive glaciers in Canada and Alaska I wasn't super excited to see the glaciers and didn't bother paying hundreds of dollars to go on a hell flight or do some sort of glacier landing, which many tourists choose to experience the glaciers.

 

27Oktober
2017

Roadtrip 3 - Haast Pass Adventure time!

Stocking up on supplies for the next few days, I left Wanaka in the early afternoon hours to make my way over to Haast crossing through Haast Pass, the most southern of the three passes connecting the West Coast with the rest of the South Island. 

 

I planned to spend a couple of night around the Pass and do some shorter hikes starting close to the road as well as one longer hike up to the 'Brewster Hut' close to the summit of Mt Armstrong with stunning views across the surrounding mountain ranges and hillsides. The Track first crossed a stream right at the start and than follow a track steep uphill across the forest climbing steadily for about 1,5 hours until one gets above the treelike and finally starts being rewarded with some amazing views for the rest of the track up. Sounds easy, well the hardest part was actually finding the track once it crossed the stream and I actually took me over an hour and 7 (!) river crossings in various locations as well as some off the path uphill adventuring to finally spot the giant orange triangle further upstream from where I was searching.

Once I was actually on the track it was a nice but pretty steep climb with not much to see for the first hour. Once above the tree line, I stopped for a lunch break close to the top and just enjoyed the spectacular scenery before climbing downhill for another 1,5 hours and finally reaching my car again. 

After shorter walks to some waterfalls and down an easy track to the green pools I also went on a 30 minutes uphill track to the Haast Pass Viewpoint. 

     

The Track was easy and I actually climbed up before hiking the long Track. Once I reached the top I was the only one up there and the views were fantastic seeing mountains and glacier tops all around.

The Greenpools were a stunning sde as well and again only a short and easy walk from the car park. Since I arrived before 9 am there was only few people around and for a short time I happened to be completely alone down at the water. 

   

 

25Oktober
2017

Roadtrip Step 2 - Lakes and a Tree

I returned to CHCH for a couple of hours on Tuesday before leaving town in the early afternoon and driving one of my favourite roads in NZ down to the lakes of the South Island. I stopped for another look around in Lake Tekapo with the afternoon sun hitting the lake and the mountains in the distance still covered in snow.

  

This was the second time I visited Lake Tekapo and honestly I could sit at the lake and look across to the mountains all day and everyday! For me this is one of the most beautiful views in all of New Zealand and walking the lake shore a little distance from the Church and the hundreds of tourists its a beautiful and peaceful place with stunning scenery all around. From Lake Tekapo I drove further South past Lake Pukaki and with Mt Cook looming in the distance I settled on the FREE campground just outside Omarama for the night, arriving just in time for a beautiful sunset. 

   

Earl the next morning I left the campground and made my way over to Wanaka. In Wanaka I spend a good few hours around the lake and taking photos of 'that Wanaka Tree'. The tree is likely the most photographed tree in all of New Zealand. It is so special because it is growing right out of the water in the lake and usually is a good couple of meters away from the shore.

The tree is next to the Roy's Peak Hike the main reason for many to come and actually visit Wanaka, but luckily with the season only slowly picking up the was only a couple of other people on the shore taking photos. After all it was a pretty cloudy day which for me made the scenery even more spectacular though.

23Oktober
2017

Roadtrip Step 1 - Kaikoura Getaway

 

So after finishing work down in Christchurch on the 20th of October it was finally time for a bigger road trip around the south island. Since I had to be back in CHCH for an appointment a couple of days later I decided to just go on a small trip up the coast to Kaikoura. This was my second time visiting this small fishing town about 2 hours up the coast from Christchurch after coming over for a short weekend trip back in May.

This time however it was a very different trip. The weather was glorious, the sky was blue and my first day I spend walking the entire peninsula walkway (which takes approximately 3 hours for the whole loop) before settling on a cheap DOC campsite 20 minutes out of town for the night. To get to the campsite I was driving up a loopy gravel road while the sun was slowly setting. Once I reached the campsite I found a nice spot to park my cute little rental car with no mobile reception but a thousand stars shining high above. 

  

After a good nights sleep in the back of my car I went back to town and went for a walk around Mt Fayffe a short distance up the hills from the town centre. Unfortunately the weather up on the hill wasn't as great and since I couldn't even see the top from the ground I decided to not hike up and all views being covered in mist (after all i learnt sth after hiking up Taranaki back in January). After a shorter walk around the grounds and forests I drove back to town and had a stroll down High Street, stopping for a cheeky coffee and than left Kaikoura after another couple of hours spend up around the coast line.

 

Even though my visit to Kaikoura was only short, I had a great time and really like the small town and beach atmosphere all around. With the main Highway into town still closed off even one year post the big earthquake it is still relatively quite with not many tourists bothering to drive the many hours detour to get to town.

 The coastline is one of the nicest I have seen in all of New Zealand and the people are genuine and lovely (really just like everywhere in New Zealand). Hopefully the Highway will reopen by New Years and the tourists will start coming back to town as many locals rely on tourism to make a living. 

I'm really glad I decided to spend my first few days up North and got to visit Kaikoura again.

   

 

20Oktober
2017

14 months around the world

23Sept
2017

13 months of traveling

After two months spend on the North Island, I just made my way back South. 

I'll be staying in Christchurch for one more month before starting a series of roadtrips to see all the rest of this beautiful country.

15Sept
2017

Bike rides and waterfalls

It's been way too long since I last updated this Blog and all I can say is, I've been really busy sorting some major things out and making some big decisions for the future. By now, my final term of Uni has also started up and although I will be busy I will try to update more regularly.

So anyways,

a couple of weeks ago I was back in Tauranga and had a day off from work. Knowing me, I'm always up for some adventure time and on a slightly cloudy day I decided to go on a bit of a bike excursion around the countryside. 

My first stop was Papamoa Hills and after a 30 minute hike up to the top I was rewarded with stunning views all across the fields and right back over to the Mount. Sitting up there on the hilltop I really felt at home in New Zealand.

After the stroll back down to retrieve my bike (which after a year away from home was an amazing roadbike - thanks to Danielles mum for letting me use it :) ) - and boy did I miss having a proper bike to speed down the highway and around town with. So much fun. Sadly, I doubt Chch construction sights all around town would be suitable for the lovely thin wheels. Looks like I'll keep my MTB around for a bit longer.

Back on the road I had looked up a road across the hills to get to the Waterfalls some 15 km away. Now, 15 ks is not really a distance to worry about - this changes however when you end up on curvy gravel roads going up and up and up the bloody hillsides. Remember those thin wheels? - After all not the best choice for those roads..

After a sweaty and slightly exhausting ride across I finally got down the hill on the other side again and ended up right at the waterfall car park, Kaiate Falls isn't a massive big waterfall but stunning nontheless. By now, the sun had come out and I spend a lovely hour strolling along the paths and only met a handful of people around the falls.

Having a lunchbreak and listening to the water while sitting in the sun - definitely worth the bike ride!

For the way back to town I decided to loop around along the main road - not passing across the hills again. Unfortunately half of the road was closed and the signed detour ended right on the motorway (after cycling for 5 km)! So after all I turned back around and really did not fancy going all the way back across the hills, so ignoring the closure signs I went down the main road anyways. The ride was fun with no cars speeding past and a little breeze in the air. In the end the road was perfectly fine and only the connection to the main highway right in the end was blocked off, however one could easily fit though with a bike and join the road back to town from there.

After a massive 50k ride and a lovely walk around the Waterfalls I ended my tour back at the beach in Papamoa after one of the best days I had on the North Island.

 

 

 

 

05Sept
2017

Spring at the Mount <3

The first of my three weeks up at the Mount is already over and it has been a great one. Next to work I also managed to pretty much finish my Uni work and am now enjoying five weeks of holidays before starting my final Modules to finish my BA. 

I still cant believe i just missed out mount maunganui the last time I was up and around the north island. For many backpackers 'the mount' ends up to be there favourite place and the most permanent place to live. Many of my friends have spend months around Tauranga and the Mount working in Kiwi Pack house, volunteering in hostels or just surfing the beaches and enjoying the sun and holiday chill atmosphere of the town. While we are working in the mall down in Papamoa we are living in a relatives holiday house about half way between Papamoa and Mount Maunganui (which are about 12 km apart). Probably the most exciting thing for me - we are only about two Blocks away from the beach AND I got to use a super neat and shiny and awesome road bike while we are in town. Thanks again to Danielles mum :)

On my first day off from work I left our house in the morning and cycled up the Beach roads all the way to the beach beneath the mount. Living at 'the Mount' it is impossible to not climb up to the top at least once. The views from the 300m high hill across the town, beach, pacific and harbour on the other side are truly amazing. The 30 minute hike up to the top is well worth the views and strolling around the summit one can easily find a rock to enjoy the views a bit away from the crowds. 

After exploring the summit, I slowly made my way back down to the beach and after getting some well deserved coffee I went on another little tour along the small peninsula which offers spectacular views back across the beach and towards the mount. While in summer the beaches are usually crowded and full of tourists, backpackers and kiwi holiday home owners these first few days of spring it has been rather quite and peaceful. 

I'm looking forward to the next two weeks I get to spend in town and have quite a few day trips still lined up before we will return back to Christchurch for 5 weeks before finally going on one of multiple longer road trips around the South island planned. 

Spring in New Zealand and many more adventures are just about to start!! 

26August
2017

Waiheke Coffee Tour

I know it has been far too long since I last updated this blog. I was very busy working down here and simply didn't get around to doing much else let alone writing about it. 

For the last month I have been working and living in Auckland in the North of the North Island. After leaving this city so many months ago with Jenn on our big roadtrip around the Island, it was the first time back in this city and also likely the last longer stop here. Next to working 60 hour weeks back to back and staying on top of Uni work to hand in in September I didn't do all that much while I was staying in NZ's big city. 

 

On my last weekend in town however, I finally came around to going on a little day trip over to Waiheke Island. Friend of mine from home happens to also live in Auckland at the moment and had the day off, so she came along for the day. In true backpacker style we got up at 5.30 am to get the early bird discount ferry over to the island and simply spend the day walking up and down the hillsides in between rain showers and sun shine, stopping at a few of the many many beaches and small bays all around the Island. Traditionally Kiwis visiting Waiheke do so for one main reason - Wine tours.

 

The Island is home to many of the local wineries and with a ferry ride from just under one hour it's an optimal escape from the huzzle of Auckland CBD and of course TRAFFIC. If I learnt one think about Aucklander's in the past month, it is completely normal to plan your entire life around the rush hour and driving anywhere around 5 pm is believed to be almost impossible. Just to clarify - the traffic isn't that bad, after all Auckland only has about 1,5 million ppl living in the city. For Kiwis however, this is more than the entire population of the South Island. 

Anyways, Natalia and I had a great time simply walking around the Island and pretty much went on our personal coffee tour stopping regularly to fill up - pretty much when ever a coffee shop just so happened to be on our way, or on the ferry, or close to the supermarket. 

   

The weather was pretty much an Auckland classic - ranging from clear blue skies to heavy rain and harsh winds. Over the cause of the day, I lost count of the times I took of all my layers only to bundle up again some 15 minutes later. 

Some 20 km and 9 hours later we made it back to the ferry terminal ready to leave this pretty and peaceful (at least during winter months I guess) island behind and had back to the big city. 

And with this my five weeks in Auckland came to an end and Adam, Danielle and I spend our Sunday saying Goodbye and packing all our belongings into the Van to make the 2,5 hour drive down to Tauranga - one of the few places of the North Island I haven't been to before. 

Adventure time!!

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