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    New Zealand

    New Zealand week 4: about a broken city and ever shrinking glaciers

    It’s time for my fourth weekly update from New Zealand. It has been a month since I arrived and I’ve now traveled all the way down south to Wanaka. It wasn’t all according to plan, but sometimes things just go differently than planned. Curious? Then make sure to continue reading. New on this blog? Then make sure to check out my previous weekly updates as well!   I ended my previous weekly update in Hanmer Springs, where I had just arrived. As opposed to many other towns in New Zealand, this is not your typical backpacker place. Which is fine by me, because I noticed that I’ve rather outgrown that…

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    New Zealand

    Hiking on Rangitoto Island in New Zealand

    Hiking on Rangitoto Island, a perfect day trip from Auckland Although this is my third time in New Zealand, I somehow never made it over to Rangitoto Island before. This small volcanic island just north of central Auckland is a relatively young volcano, its last eruption being 600 years ago and it happens to be just perfect for hiking. So after a 25 hour journey (plus travel time to/from the airport) followed by a long night of sleep in my hostel in the city, I figured it’d be nice to head out and grab some fresh air. Hiking on Rangitoto Island seemed like the perfect thing to do as well…

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    New Zealand

    New Zealand week 3: about weather gods and angels

    Aaaaand week three in New Zealand is a wrap. It’s unbelievable how fast time is passing by. In the old days of my life this used to be about the time I started to prepare going back home again from a journey, now I’ve still got more than two months to go. Just awesome! Today I’m telling you about my third week in New Zealand. Curious about my first two weeks? You can read all about them here.   From Taupo I drove down south to Wellington in one go. Wellington is New Zealand’s capital (and nope, that’s not Auckland in case that’s what you were thinking). In Wellington I…

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    New Zealand

    New Zealand week 2 – from lighthouse to volcano

    BAM! Week two in New Zealand has passed. I don’t dare to think how fast time is flying and so I just won’t do that. My second week in New Zealand was one to remember. I drove an incredible number of kilometers, had a tiny accident and made one of the best hikes ever.   After two nights in Whangarei it was time to head further up north. I broke up my camp and hit the road to Cape Reinga, the most nothern point in New Zealand that’s accessible for travelers. This is where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet and all the way at the end of the…