World: Rewind 2014

The year 2014 just ended with our biggest adventure yet in New Zealand. We just flew to this outdoor place, nothing reserved or booked. Just a car and an adventure ahead.In order to survive the time until New Zealand in November we went back to the magical Iceland to hike the Laugavegur Trail. A highland dream hike - IcelandAfter our first Iceland adventure, the Ring Road, we knew we want to go…

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New Zealand: Tips

GeneralIt is easy to get around in New Zealand with speaking English. People are speaking a cute British sounding dialect. It is easy only to fly to New Zealand, have a car booked and nothing else. Tours can be booked in iSite Tourist Center in nearly every city. Campsites need no booking, only go there, have a look and decide if you want to stay.Do not underestimate the sun, it is…

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New Zealand: Endless Beaches

South IslandThe coastline of New Zealand seems to provide endless beaches, with around 14,000 km there is a lot of coasts to explore. Even that the North Island is more popular for its beaches, on the South Island amazing beaches can be found as well. Keep in mind that the beaches on the South Island are not so much for swimming, due to the ocean stream. But at the beaches it…

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New Zealand: The different face of NZ – Black Beaches

We'd enjoyed the white beaches of Coromandel, Spirits Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park. But we knew that there are also Black Beaches in the area of Auckland, which we explored in our last days in New Zealand. We did long walks at the Whatipu Beach and stayed at the Whatipu Campground. Which we could only enjoy for a half night because of flooding in our tent during hard rain.…

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New Zealand: A overlooked region – Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga When leaving the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula we drove further North. We left the Stony Bay Campsite around 5 am in order to pass thought Auckland quickly. We took the Auckland bridge and got a nice view over the awaking city. As we were lucky and did not get in the traffic we were warned about. This was mainly because the Auckland bridge has a good traffic avoiding system. As…

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New Zealand: A dream location – Coromandel

Endless white beaches The Coromandel Peninsula is located at the North Island of New Zealand and it extends 85 km north from the western end of the Bay of Plenty. For us the Bay of Plenty was highly touristic, and we did not found many hiking opportunities. The one option we looked into was to do a multi day hike on one of the many islands. But as we did not…

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New Zealand: Hidden gem – Mt. Taranaki and Forgotten World Highway

Mt. Taranaki Mt. Taranaki After our island crossing from the south to the north island and our first night in Wellington we drove to Mt. Taranaki. There we did a short hike to the Wilkies Pools and the Dawson Falls. It is possible to do several short and longer hikes at the Mt. Taranaki. Dawson Falls Kaupokonui Beach Kaupokonui Beach After our hike we found a nice camp at Kaupokonui Beach.…

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New Zealand: One day on the Ferry

Our travel from the South Island to the North Island started in Picton and ended in Wellington. We booked our ticket in the Motueka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. When planning the ferry travel, plan in a whole day. The ferry ride takes only four hours, but you have to be there at least one hour before the ferry starts. As boarding, parking and filling the boat will take a while. Leaving…

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