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be Midden februari vertrok ik met VISY voor een dikke 2 maanden naar NZ. We installeren een kiwifruitverpakkingsinstallatie die dmv van transportbanden en robots de dozen fruit op palletten sorteert.
Er zijn gelukkig 2 onderbrekingen voorzien: een weekje om rond te reizen in het land, en een lang weekend waarin ik terug naar Melbourne kom om mijn vrienden en tweede thuisstad nog eens goeiedag te zeggen.
edit Hoera! Er komt nog een weekje reizen bij. Op het einde van het project krijg ik een extra week verlof te pakken en mijn vlucht terug naar Melbourne wordt dus met een week uitgesteld. In totaal heb ik dus 2 weken rondgereisd in het Noordeiland van NZ, ziehier de foto's. Voor een uitgebreider reisverslag klik op het kalendertje in de regenwoudfoto.

eng Enjoy the pictures of my time in NZ. I've been working here for 2 months, but had twice the opportunity to travel during one week. As you will see, I stayed in the North Island. The only thing I know about the South is that it's supposed to be even more beautiful :(

 

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Tongariro Crossing
Tongariro Crossing

16 mar 2008

eng This 1 day hike seems to be one of the most popular hikes in the North Island of NZ. Tramping along the 18km track through the volcanic region around mt Tongariro en mt Ngauruhoe, brings me through a huge variety of landscapes and colors. A wonderful experience, definitely deserving to be on top of the NZ tramps hall of fame.

 

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Hell's Gate
Hell's Gate

19 apr 2008

eng The active volcanic region around Rotorua and Taupo has lots of tourist attractions on offer. There's a few thermal parks to choose from, and having missed out on any of them while traveling (I considered them too touristy), colleagues Adrian, Nick and me decided to check one out on our free Sunday afternoon. There are indeed some bubbling, boiling, steaming and mud spewing holes in the ground, it smells, looks and probably feels like hell. It was cool to see, but I have to admit that all the pamphlets and brochures are a sophisticated tourist trap (for which I fell), and the city park in Rotorua town center is as impressive. Nevertheless, I've got some nice pictures, which has definitely something to do with the sky being magically lit by the setting sun...

 

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Napier
Napier

24 - 26 apr 2008

eng This smaller city on the east coast has a beautiful black-blue pebble beach upon which the pacific waves are thrown with an impressive display of natural force. Swimming is not allowed, but that's probably not the reason that nobody tries... Apart from this natural beauty, nature has had also a huge impact on the current architecture in the city. After the 1931 earthquake, which destroyed pretty much the whole town, most buildings have been rebuilt in the Art Deco style, which was current at that time. The result is a nice and colorful city center with lost of surprising art deco elements hidden on the facades above the shops.
Close to Napier is also Cape Kidnappers, reachable by a 10km walk along the beach, between massive waves on one side and huge cliffs on the other. Beautiful. I spent 3 nights in Napier, but I wouldn't have mind staying there a bit longer...

 

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Wellington
Wellington

27 - 29 apr 2008

eng The capital city of NZ, built between and eventually on the hills of the southernmost peak of the North Island. I liked the city with it's sunny docklands, hills with city views, enjoyable Cuba street mall, vast botanical gardens and foresty cemetery.

 

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Wanganui & Kawhia
Wanganui & Kawhia

30 Apr - 1 May 2008

eng After Wellington, there's one more stop on my to do list: Coromandel peninsula. It is however 600km north of Wellington, so a few stops along the way wouldn't hurt. First stop is Wanganui, with a short hike in Whanganui National Park. The next day I move on to Kawhia, with it's wonderful pitch black sand beach and hot water springs - which I missed because of the tide...

 

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Coromandel Peninsula
Coromandel Peninsula

2 - 4 May 2008

eng My last 3 days in NZ are well spent in Whitianga. The cosy town in a bay on the east coast of the peninsula allowed me to get some (very) short introductions to sea kayaking and snorkeling, as well short hikes to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water beach, where we again missed the hot water springs because of the tide (and human errors).

 

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Along The Path...
Along The Path...

Some pictures from short stops to break the longer hours on the road...

 

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