Places I went lately – New Zealand

Okay, this wasn't lately, but almost a year ago.
So, until shortly, Florian was in New Zealand for a year. Last September, as I booked my flight to Japan, I thought I could take a detour through New Zealand, visit him and get a look at a country I heard wonderful things of.

Altogether, I was there for only just over two weeks. Which was far too little time to get to know the country. But still, I met some amazing people, drove around a lot and saw really nice places - and had a lot of fun.

These are a few pictures I took there. It's really difficult selecting just a few pictures out of so many - and I'm not sure at all if I'm happy about what I'm showing you. But these things I still have to learn.

Here's a quick sketch of the route I've taken there. Sadly I didn't make it to the bottom, with it's majestic mountains, glaciers, extreme sports and so on. Maybe I'll get there sometime. I sure would want to.

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Click to enlarge. I added some numbers to show in what order I visited these places. I'm not that good in making plans.

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Arriving in Wellington, New Zealands capitol and where Florian lived for a year (not sure where this is, it was a few minutes or so before landing).

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Sunrise in Wellington.

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Arriving at Rangitoto, an island created by the eruption of a undersea volcano in front of Auckland.

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Lasertag! (also, we played against a bunch of kids, should have that here in Germany too!)

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Hobbiton! The movie-set where parts of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were made.

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Me.

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Some awesome Hobbits I travelled with.

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Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland near Rotorua.

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Oh, yeah. This is Florian.

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Me again, soaked by the rain, some man-induced erupting geyser behind me.

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Yay, road-trip!

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Pies! Also, they had a lot of great cakes, cookies and bread in the super-markets.

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Flying from Wellington to Christchurch.

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Stars. As we were heading from Christchurch to Kaikoura, we suddenly noticed how many stars were up there, stopped, and took a look.

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Kaikoura fishing trip. Got on the boat at 8 a.m., and fished for 3-4 hours. Got a lot of red rock cod (probably, this is what Google tells me).

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And yeah, we got some crayfish as well.

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Somewhere, hiking a bit.

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Stopped the van for the view. Oh right, from Christchurch on, we rented a camper-van (we were three) and travelled with that. And btw., since New Zealand is famous for its sheep, the white dots down there are sheep.

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This was at an old gold-digger town somewhere in the mountains. It had some kind of old-west cowboy flair to it. We even found some (probably) little (really tiny) pieces of gold in the river there!

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Arrived at the west coast of the south island.

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Sadly, I had to part with Florian and Janina here and take the bus back to Christchurch, since my flight to Japan was due next day. They continued driving south and I still haven't seen the pictures they took down there!

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Bus ride to Christchurch through the Arthur's Pass. Beautiful landscapes!

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Oh, right. I was there in September. That was my first (and yet only) time on the southern hemisphere. It was still cold and just getting warmer. Really chilly nights. But I had a great deal of fun and I'd definitely go there again, if I get the chance. Next time with more time and hopefully a plan. But still, going on an adventure without a plan still is the most fun!