Rainy day in Auckland

I spent a day in Auckland since i have a transition there between my flights from Queenstown and to Melbourne.

Sadly it was mostly a rainy day. But I still got to see some nice things and I bought myself some noise-canceling headphones. Because of all the flights and well, because they’re awesome. 😀img_1628Fire was coming out of the top of the stone just one second before i took the photo i swear!img_1630img_1632 17.04.16

March

After I left Punakaki I had long Bus and Ferry Rides as I made my way from Punakaki to Nelson on the 23th, from there to Wellington on the 24th and back to Nelson on the 26th.

I went to Wellington because I could help out at the Goethe Institute on a Workshop for some German Teachers in New Zealand.

Back in Nelson I searched for I job and although that search was not a success I still had a great time there, especially in the Abel Tasman National Park, but I will write an extra article for that day,  and I manged to work for food and accommodation here and there, but after some time I had enough of Nelson and traveled on to Picton, where I stayed for a week planning my trip and booking the flights back after that a had a beautiful week in the Marlborough Sounds helping out a very nice family there. Back in Picton I still wasn’t sure how I would continue my travels, but luckily a friend i med here texted me and asked if I would like to join him on a road trip around in the southern Parts of the south Island. I thought that this is a great idea so I started my way south to Christchurch, where our trip will start tomorrow.

Here are some impressions from the (too long) time since my last blog. Enjoy

(also my first video Yaaaaaaaay :D)

 

New Plymouth and Mount Taranaki

I had a great few days in this nice little town on the west cost of New Zealand. The Coastal Walkway is nice, the museum in the iSite is good, but the most amazing part of my trip to Mount Taranaki! Originally I only wanted to do a a small loop track , with a nice Austrian Guy i meed in the Hostel. But on the Visitor Information Center we stumbled into two swiss people, who where going up with a super friendly older man, who was up there 693 times! Both of us thought we just have to take the chance, you don’t get that normally, to go to the top of the mountain, away from the touristic tracks and with someone that really knows his way. And, as said, it was amazing! Enjoy the pictures 😀IMG_9613.JPGIMG_9618.JPGIMG_9619.JPGIMG_9623.JPGIMG_9626.JPGIMG_9633.JPGIMG_9634.JPGIMG_9642.JPGIMG_9652.JPGIMG_9654.JPGIMG_9656.JPGIMG_9658.JPGIMG_9662.JPG

And then there was the Festival of Lights 😀 Where there are, well, Lights 😀

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Raglan

Raglan is a little Surfer Village a little bit South-West to Auckland, the Village isn’t that great, it’s chilly and has a few good Cafes and obviously a few surf shobs, the beach on the other hand is know for some of the best waves in the world and although I didn’t get them, the waves I got when I was surfing were much better than anything I had before (one time in France and one time in Whitianga), so i was very happy with that stuff 🙂

The best about my trip to raglan however was the hostel I stayed in, Scott’s Place is a really small place with a few dorm rooms, a few cabins and space for tents or your van, so that you can sleep however you want. In the Living room music plays all the time and nice people to talk to or play games hang around there a lot, plus there are a lot of hats, which is great, so you always find something to do. Altough the place is somewhat out of Raglan, I didn’t have too much trouble getting there. I had to take the Bus to Te Uku which as it turned out was a really small place in the middle of Hamilton and Raglan, because i got the latest bus there the little Shop and Restaurant where already closed, I had no phone signal, so i was a little bit scared what would happen if nobody would pick me up, but everything went fine :).

Sadly i could not take pictures from myself Surfing and I only have a few from Raglan but i hope you enjoy them anyway 🙂

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Auckland

Here just is a short summery of the things i did in Auckland, if i wrote an extra article about it i will link it here 🙂

Sun 27.

I arrived in Auckland and for New Zealand Conditions it is a really big City and so i had a little trouble finding my hostel, but nothing too bad. The YHA there really is an okay place but not more. So i didn’t explore Auckland that much and ended up just walking down Queen Street and around the harbor a little bit.IMG_9127.JPGIMG_9128.JPGIMG_9131.JPGIMG_9134.JPG

Mon 28.

I visited friends (I’m never sure if its okay to mention the names and I haven’t asked so I’m not sure) of mine, who moved here a little while ago, it was really great seeing some faces you have seen before and talking about the stuff back in Germany and what happened since they left and all that. After that I got to Kathmandu, again on that same day, and got my tent far cheaper than it would normally be. 😀

Tue 29.

I wandered around Auckland’s cool park the Domain, don’t want to tell that much, just watch the pictures.IMG_9141.JPGIMG_9142.JPGIMG_9143.JPGIMG_9146.JPGIMG_9151.JPG

Wed 30

I visited the Auckland Museum and had my first VR Experience 🙂 https://paulwbal.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/auckland-museum/

Don 31

I was at mount Eden for New Years Eve and watched a movie in the Cinema Joy is a good Movie and the view from Mount Eden was great, but the firework was disappointing if you are used to the German ones, because people in New Zealand are not allowed to buy rockets and stuff on New Year.IMG_9206.JPGIMG_9273.JPG

Fri 01

It rained. A lot.

Sam 02

Star Wars. Twice. 😀 Great Movie enjoyed it very much, not much more to say.

Son 03

I again met with a friend of mine and first we were getting lunch in Ponsby, the “cool and hip” region of Auckland, after that we drove to mission Bay which was really nice too.IMG_9316.JPGIMG_9320.JPGIMG_9326.JPGIMG_9328.JPG

Mon 04

I left to Paihia. More about that in another post 😀

Update: I was in Auckland again on the 8 January and could sleep at my friends place and had a cool trip to a beach with some of them, enjoy the pictures 😀IMG_9555.JPGIMG_9561.JPGIMG_9564.JPGIMG_9570.JPGIMG_9576.JPGIMG_9579.JPG

PS: This is my first post in 2016 so happy new Year to everyone 😀

Auckland Museum

Today i visited the Auckland Museum and it was great! 😀 I know i haven’t made an Article about Auckland yet, but there is one in the making, exactly like the other article i teased yesterday is still in the making and yes i still thing i can keep up with that, opposed to the two film reviews i teased but never go to deliver, maybe i will put out a film summery after I’ve seen Star Wars on the second January, but i will stop promising that stuff…

But enough with that and more about the Auckland Museum (Its original name is Auckland War Museum but only 1 out of 3 floors was about war.

 There were great Exhibitions about the Maori Culture and the Maori History and also about New Zealands Nature and some general Polynesian and Asian Culture and, for some Reason there also were Artifacts from Greece and Rome there.

  
  
  
Also really well made was the Exhibition Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Air New Zealand with Lots of Video Content, many physicall Stuff like two historic Planeparts you could go in and also a lot of Interactive Stuff like a Game where you should try to board a plane as fast and as comfortable for the passengers as possible, or a virtual cockpit with lots of Explanation on all the parts.

 But the most impressive thing in the Museum was the use of VR, for one part they used it in their War Exhibition were Students Rebuild the only Battlefield New Zealand fought in WW1 in Minecraft, which is a cool idea, so they had a few PCs were you could walk around in that, but the cool part was walking around there in VR, two of the PCs were Equipped with an Oculus and although it was laggy and all i enjoyed it quite much, as it was my first VR experience ever. Flying around and seeing this Battlefield from above just was a cool thing.

  
 The cooler VR experience was the not that interactive, VR is interactive all the time because of the looking around stuff, showing of the Plan of the Future flight experience from Air New Zealand. Their Plans simply include one thing VR Headsets, that doesn’t sound that revolutionary as it is and why it is so revolutionary they showed of very well in their Demo. While you sat in a Plane in the beginning, like you were sitting in a plane seat in real live, they started to explain the possibilities this technology brought with it, at first they let everybody experience that they could move around with their heads and look there where you looking in VR. Although it was kinda awkward that they had simulated a body of you in the Demo, but your arms and legs didn’t move in the picture you saw when you did in real live, so i instinctively sad in my chair like “my body” in the virtual world was sitting so it didn’t felt that weird. After this the cool stuff started, at first they removed the sides of the virtual plane so you cold see “outside” and see the landscape, which, like the whole Demo, wasn’t that graphical advanced, more like a game from 10 years ago, but it did not feel weird for some reason. The next few Demos showed animals walked around the plane, or yourself in different places like a beach, a romantic Cafe somewhere or at new years Eve in Singapore, all of this were cool Scenarios to watch, and if there would be enough of that in a real flight and if the hole movie programm would be viewable in VR, if not VR movies this had to be indirect like you in a living Room or a Cinema, such things already exist, it would be a great thing to make a flight more enjoyable :).

Whitianga

Whitianga is easily one of my favorite places in New Zealand so far, I can’t really frame it, but from the beginning I there was something special about this place and that not only was the beatiful nature or something like that, I felt something like a feeling of belonging there, and so I stayed there quite long from the 19th till the 27th and I may even return. Staying there over Christmas was very nice, I came to know a few people in my time there and in the TV Room/Kitchen was always someone you could talk too.

Surfing with Kajaks was great Surfing on Christmas, I mean the 25th, the 24th sadly had the worst weather since I come to NewZealand, was amazing, cathedral Cove was beatiful (the filmed the beginning of the second Narnia there) was great and my walk to cooks beach also was cool. So generally I had a great time there, but had to figure some things out for myself (more on that in another post).

So I hope you had a great Christmas and I whish you a great now Year.