New Zealand throwback #1

I’m sorry it took me so long to finally sit down and carry on with the posts about my holiday in New Zealand. Real life, you know …  But it’s definitely time to share some experiences (right from my travel journal) and photos after my Middle Earth Edition! So I decided to split it up into six parts for each week of my holiday. So let’s begin with week # 1 🙂

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One of the first pictures I took … what else!?

Airplane. Everything feels quite surreal: Eating Chicken Tandoori at about midnight, watching Poldark … and that on a plane to New Zealand. Too afraid to watch The Hobbit because I might grin and/or cry like mad. First six hours of the flight were quite good and calm, but the next 14 hours to Australia were exhausting. Noisy which means I didn’t sleep much. Don’t remember much of the last three hours to Auckland. I still remember breakfast and the filling in of the arrival card, and then there was already the landing approach. I missed some time … By the by: I try not to think too much about crossing different time zones … makes my brain hurt.

Arrival at the airport went quite smoothly. Was rewarded with the sight of a dwarven statue in the arrival hall. Feels good to be finally here …

Check-in in my booked hotel. Got out to get a water bottle and something for breakfast next day. And then … bed!!!

 

Day 1: Auckland

Slept almost until midday. Took a stroll through the city: Myers Park, Aotea Square, Albert Park, University, Winyard Quarter. A Kiwi addressed me when I was in Albert Park, asking if I was on a walk. So so nice! Had some trouble to understand his accent, though …

Had some late lunch at the waterfront. Sun was shining, and it was absolutely lovely. Still tired, however, and went to bed early (again).

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Auckland Skyline

 

Day 2: Auckland

Took the ferry to Devonport and joined a round trip. Amazing views of Auckland’s skyline. Had a disgraceful defeat in the fight men against nature … But that damned sea gulls were staring at my fish & chips!!! And I’m sure one of them got closer whenever I turned away from it …

Relaxing walk at the beach. Barefoot! Absolutely gorgeous.

Spend the evening with a nice cup of tea at the Sky Tower, watching the sunset. I think I understood for the first time that I’m really in New Zealand. Feels perfect.

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The beaches of Devonport

 

Day 3: Auckland

Organized my rental car; I can pick it up tomorrow. Auckland Domain und museum. I learned that I shouldn’t go in museums when I’m alone … My imagination is too vivid, I can’t leave a hall with a mummy without looking over my back. Brrr. Followed by a bus tour around the city.

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Albert Park

 

Day 4: Coromandel Peninsula

Drove on the left side of the street for the first time in my life. Woo-hoo! And didn’t went too bad … Short stop in Thames. Stopped many many times on my way to Coromandel Town to take lots of photos. Every bay prettier than the next, unbelievable. Warm sunshine, sea … happy sigh. Overnight stay in Whitianga. Another barefooted walk at the beach. Another happy sigh.

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I loved to take photos with amazing clouds! This is only one of many, from Whitianga

 

Day 5: Coromandel Peninsula

Went to Cathedral Cove. Warm weather again, and beautiful sights. Had a little accident on the way back, though: I stumbled on the rocks of Gemstone Bay. Some bruises, and I think the girls that were there at the same time were more shocked than I was. Confused my plans, though, and Hot Water Beach was deserted when I arrived. Moved on to Waihi to stay there overnight. Had no problems with my arm while driving, but I could hardly get out of my shirt in the evening …

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Cathedral Cove

 

Day 6: Matamata/Rotorua

Oookay. Who cares about a bruised arm when you’re standing in Hobbiton?? And know that that’s Bag End up there?? No fit of weeping or other breakdown, I’m quite proud of myself. Or maybe I just can’t get that I really was there, standing in front of Bilbo’s door and having a drink in the Green Dragon Inn …

Drove on to Rotorua and spent the evening in the Polynesian Spa. Met a nice guy who was interested in European history. Was totally excited about my knowledge of German studies, and I could have talked with him for hours.

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I’m still surprised that it wasn’t necessary to remove me from the set with force …

 

Day 7: Rotorua

Woke up rather late and thus felt a bit disorganized. Actually planned to go on a trip to the thermal area, but drove to the historic Maori village Whakarewarewa instead – definitely a good decision, it was fascinating! Saw a cultural performance (with haka!!), a guided tour through the village, and a hangi meal at that. Great day, and the drizzle only added to the charm of the geysirs and hot springs.

Bought a greenstone pendant for my mother there – almost cried when the seller told me this: The Maori believe that a part of the wearer gets into the greenstone, and the person thus lives on in it. I feel a bit emotional in general … Maybe I need some time to work up all the impressions.

Night in Whakatane. Had a room above an Irish pub, but decided for a quiet night.

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Rain and fog at Whakarewarewa Village

 

… And that was week 1! I try to be quicker with my next update 🙂 We will start the trip around the East Cape!

 

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New Zealand throwback #1

5 Gedanken zu “New Zealand throwback #1

  1. A lovely distraction on a day that needs something nice to look at. It took me right back to my own trip. You did yours clock-wise, I did mine the other way round. Never made it to Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. A reason to go back.
    Looking forward to more of your weeks!

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    1. Cathedral Cove was stunning! But there are just too many things to do and see in New Zealand … I mean, I was there for whole six weeks and couldn’t see everything! But I think that’s really a got reason to go back 🙂 (As if I needed a reason for that … or anyone, by the by!)

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