New Zealand – North Island

The last month, Henriette (a friend from Denmark I met in Melbourne), Tim and me discovered the beautiful country New Zealand – North and South Island. We drove exactly 5000 km.

This first post is about the North Island, where we spent approximately one week. When Tim and me arrived in Auckland we met Henriette again. She has been on the Westcoast of Australia before. After spending one day in Auckland, we picked up our rental car and went campig gear shopping. During the first night of camping the rain was pouring down and the tent was completely wet the next morning. So the next night we had to book a hostel, where we could dry the tent haha. However, the camping nights became better as well as the weather!

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Mount Eden – skyline view of Auckland
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Whangarai Falls
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Coastal drive to Coromandel – we drove a few kilometers directly next to the ocean
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Area Coromandel – Sheep fields meeting the ocean

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Rainforest walk to the Cathedral Cove ( 30-40 mins walking)
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Cathedral Cove
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Cathedral Cove

Hobbiton

Most of you have probably heard of the books and films of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit. But what a lot of people may don’t know is that there really exists “Hobbiton”. It is still a tourist attraction, where you have to pay almost $80 to visit it, including a guide. I have to say that it was definitely worth it! A bus takes you there from the town Matamata. During the bus drive,  a woman told us a lot about how a location scout for the movies found this place that met all the requirements. I was so impressed about how much attention is payed to every single detail. And a funny fact: they make people look bigger or smaller in the movies because of the differing door sizes. And I also realised that I maybe could have gone to the casting for being a Hobbit because I almost met the requirements of being a small person :D. But the sad thing is: the houses are only decorated from the outside and you cannot really go inside the houses. Damn.. I already saw myself living inside there and having the most relaxed time ever.

In the end of the 1-2 hours tour, you can have a drink at the “Green Dragon”, a pub/restaurant. It was rebuilt for the tourists, so you can really go inside there and have some food or drinks. Pretty cute!

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Hobbition
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(fake) fish in Hobbiton

Thermal Wonderland – Wai O Tapu

Our next stop was Rotorua. The whole town smells because of the sulphur in this area. The main thing we did there was visiting the Thermal Wonderland/ Wai o Tapu. It was even more smelling there. But the geothermal activity there and the resulting beautiful landscape was worth the bad smell :D. My friend Henriette and I bought a mud mask in a souvenir shop there, which is good for the skin. So besides camping and searching desperately for showers sometimes, we had our “beauty moments” in between with this mask haha.

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Wai o tapu – Thermal wonderland
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hot mud pool @ Wai o tapu

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Champagne Pool @ Wai o tapu
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Devil’s Bath @ Wai o tapu

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

This hike was definitely one of our highlights in New Zealand. It is a 19.4 km hike, crossing the mountain and walking in between a volcanic landscape. Actually, we wanted to do this hike a day earlier. The weather forecast for this day was so bad it would not have been worth it to walk up a mountain, being soaked of the rain and seeing nothing of the landscape due to fog. Therefore we waited one day longer. And look at the pictures! The weather was perfect *.*

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Goodbye North Island!

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Hello South Island!

Our week on the North Island was really nice. But the story of New Zealand goes on..

South Island post coming soon! Hope you enjoyed reading this post:)

 

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