Gem on the eastern tip of New Zealand – Akaroa

Gem on the eastern tip of New Zealand – Akaroa

Yes, yes, the Chinese. What did we scold about them? Everywhere they spread, beleaguer the campgrounds with their huge camper vans, drive basically on the wrong side of the road and keep wherever it is possible, their tablets in the air. And then that. We were taught a better one of our karma again. Why? […]

Kaikoura – In touch with the giants

Kaikoura – In touch with the giants

Everyone is watching the sea. Againand again someone said: „Here, there is something!“ or „There is a fin!“ And the whole group reaches out to catch the first view of the Paraoa (Maori for sperm whale). At some point we saw the fountain of water and the next moment the big caudal fin rose in […]

Motueka – Visiting friends

Motueka – Visiting friends

To go from the North to the South Island, there are only two ways, fly with anairplane or comfortably take the ferry to the other side. We decided on the last one and made our way from our AirBnB to the portvery early. We bookedthe tickets online andso we could go to the ferry without […]

Wellington – City of surprises

Wellington – City of surprises

Wellington should be just a stopover for us. We had to apply for our visa for Vietnam and wanted to take the ferry to the South Island. Unfortunately the day after we had arrived, we realized that it was a public holiday and we were standing in front of closed doors at the Vietnam Embassy. […]

Taupo – Now we’re driving over the lake, over the lake …

Taupo – Now we’re driving over the lake, over the lake …

… and hope we do not sink! It is the continuation of one of our most beautiful stories of New Zealand. In Matamata we met Evelin, the maori lady. We could spend one night at her place and got a deep insight into their tribal history. She sent us also to her sister Irene to […]

Taupo – Jetzt fahr´n wir über´ n See, über´n See …

Taupo – Jetzt fahr´n wir über´ n See, über´n See …

… und hoffen wir gehen nicht unter! Es ist die Weiterführung einer unserer schönsten Geschichten von Neuseeland. In Matamata lernten wir Evelin, die Maori-Dame, kennen. Bei ihr durften wir eine Nacht verbringen und bekamen einen tiefen Einblick in ihre Stammesgeschichte. Sie war es auch, die uns zu ihrer Schwester Irene nach Taupo vermittelte. Uns wurde […]

Hamilton – When hospitality is overwhelming

Hamilton – When hospitality is overwhelming

Visiting friends On our overland tour through Patagonia we met the New Zealander Jo and the Englishman Murray. They were just before their wedding and used the weeks before for a pre-honeymoon. From our point of view this is the perfect way to escape the stressful weeks of the preparations. Of course, not all tasks […]

Hamilton – Wenn Gastfreundschaft überwältigt

Hamilton – Wenn Gastfreundschaft überwältigt

Zu Gast bei Freunden Auf unserer Overlandtour durch Patagonien lernten wir die Neuseeländerin Jo und den Engländer Murray kennen. Die Beiden standen kurz vor ihrer Hochzeit und nutzen die Wochen vorher für eine Pre-Hochzeitsreise. Aus unserer Sicht der perfekte Weg um den stressigen Wochen der Vorbereitungen zu entfliehen. Natürlich lassen sich nicht alle Aufgaben beiseiteschieben, […]

Matamata – The gate to the Shire

In touch with the Maori culture Whenever Andi begins to talk about hitchhiking in New Zealand, Tina knows exactly what this story is going to be. It is the story which you never dared to hope and which is so lasting that you have to tell them, no matter if Tina hears it for the […]

Matamata – Das Tor ins Auenland

Matamata – Das Tor ins Auenland

Mit der Maori Kultur auf Tuchfühlung Immer wenn Andi über das Hitchhiking in Neuseeland anfängt zu erzählen, weiß Tina genau, dass diese eine Geschichte auf jeden Fall kommen wird. Es ist die Geschichte, an die man nie zu hoffen wagt und die einen so nachhaltig prägt, dass man sie erzählen muss, egal, ob Tina sie […]

Coromandel – Paradise in Northern New Zealand

Coromandel – Paradise in Northern New Zealand

The first day on the road On the outskirts of Auckland we stood bag and baggage on the road. Our goal was easy to see on our sign, we wanted to go to Coromandel, a peninsula in the north of New Zealand. Just before you face your first hitchhiking experience it makes you thinking about […]

Auckland – Arrival in the Land of Hobbits

Auckland – Arrival in the Land of Hobbits

The excitement rises Now we are in the Land of Elves and Dwarves. We did not expect to be attacked by a horde orcs with swinging swords immediately, but we felt a little excited when we approached the customs. On our Patagonia tour we were briefed for the entry by our New Zealand crewmembers and […]

Blogging and the reality

Blogging and the reality

We are back! – Ups In mid-April we landed in Germany safely, we met our family and friends and returned to our companies. But how can that be? According to the current blog entries we are still in South America. Something doesn´t fit so it does not surprise us that we get placed during and […]