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9.1. Roadtrip with Arne (North Island)

Most exhausting trip of my travels: Tongariro Crossing. You won’t believe it but we did an 8 hours hike today! We walked 33666 steps and made round about 27 km. And now our legs and feet hurt a lot as you may can imagine. However, it was an amazing experience with nice views and good training the tracks crosses the two Vulcans Tongariro and… forgot the name but a damn high red Vulcan which still is active and there is the opportunity to walk to the summits of the Vulcans as well. So we did the 19km of the crossing plus 8 km to the Tongariro summit. Some pictures of our hike in the link at the bottom will come soon. As the area around Lake Taupo (middle of North Island) is still in a forming process by vulcanic activities you can see small clouds coming out of the rocks and gaps as well as a lot of natural hot pools everywhere. We took a nice bath in a free hot pool in Taupo yesterday (and yes the water is really hot). Well… the days before we mainly took the ferry from Picton to Wellington, the first big city in New Zealand I have seen, we visited the Golden Bay *.*and have spent a night in Napier. Actually Wellington was so frightening because of its size, if you are used to the normal small “villages” it is quite shocking. We’ve only spent one night and to be honest that was enough for me Between Wellington and Napier we went to the “Adrenalin Park”, a climbing park like you’ve probably not seen before. The most difficult level was 31 meters (!!) up in the trees and the Pacours were really hard. I wasn’t able to do the most difficult ones (I don’t want to talk about it, it’s a shame…) because of the enormous muscle power you need for that park. Had felt horrible stiff and aching the next days in my whole body… Shit happens, it was worth it. Next time I come to NZ I will be fit enough to do all of the pacours!!! To be honest even Arne said it was damn hard at the highest one so I can feel a bit better. Our next stops will be Rotoura and Bay of Plenty, I am looking forward to that. I hope you guys are all fine, I miss you! The ones who need it: Good luck with your Abi! Yippieh yeah! 25.4.15
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9.0. Roadtrip with Arne

As you may have noticed I didn’t write anything for a long time. Well… Sorry for that but there probably wouldn’t have been anything to tell you anyway. I stayed in Te Anau for exactly two months and I am still really sad I had to leave this wonderful place. Thank you very much Andy and Emma, I really do miss you and I am looking forward to see you again as soon as possible! Thanks!

However now it is time to go on I’ve met Arne in Christchurch on 11th of April where we rented a car. We drove down the east coast to Dunedin (passed the amazing Moeraki Boulders, the completely round rocks you can see in my pictures) and headed to Te Anau to visit Andy and Emma and my old working place again. It was fu*king cold, we had snow from Dunedin to Queenstown! We have spent a day in Milford Sound, made a ship cruise and were astonished by the beautiful and stunning nature as well as the funny bird Kea (it likes to break into cars and destroy them as good as possible. We were happy the ones we’ve met just wanted some food). The landscape gained even more charm as it normally has by the snow, the mountains looked awesome!

Afterwards we’ve spent a night in Queenstown, hoping to be able to do some Paragliding, however there first were some problems with the booking and secondly with the weather Now we are on our way up the west coast, stayed two nights next to the Fox Glacier to do some hiking and watch the glaciers. Today we are sitting in our room in Westport, an absolutely boring city. As the weather is perfect and warm now we really enjoyed the last days of fun driving around the serpentines and stunning nature.

That’s it so far. I may write the next entry soon cause we are travelling around and the places are changing a lot. By the way, I decided to be in New Zealand a bit longer than originally planned, probably until June. But I do really miss you! And if you have some time I would be happy to skype with you (Is “to skype” an acceptable verb? ^.^ ) Have a good time and ask me any questions you have

The link to the pictures:

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