Collingwood

The drive back to Takaka brought us straight to Collingwood, because all of us tend to get a little bit edgy when not fed well. So we walked right into the first (only?) store we found there and studied the menu intensley. I just really had to taste the Spaghetti Toast, cause I had no…

 

Bainham and Aorere River

The idea was to do a little walk and to visit the historic Salisbury swing bridge near Bainham. To our regret, we found no bridge … first we thought, we didn’t look hard enough but then we found remnants of the old historic bridge which obviously has been worn down by a flood and no…

 

Te Waikoropupu Springs

The springs were recommended to us, especially als a walk with children. And it is a really beautiful spot where a whole river arises spontanously from the ground in a giant well. The springs are a sacred place for Maori. The legends say, that the water is waiora, the purest form which is the spiritual…

 

Takaka Hill

It was a nice and sunny Saturday when we decided it would be the perfect day to cross the hills to discover the Golden Bay. The only obstacle on our way there was and still is: Takaka Hill. A name that sounds almost cute with a height of no more than 760 m above see…

 

Time Travelling

Sometimes I feel like I’m on a time travel. Some observations we made during our first week: New Zealand grown fruits and vegetables taste like I remember how things tasted when I was a little kid, 20 years ago. The veggies here don’t look as perfect as the Spanish tomatoes and perfectly shaped Dutch cucumbers, but they…

 

Garden Fun

After school the kids like to roam our house’s surroundings including the spacious garden, where lemon, lime and mandarin trees grow (where they are allowed to take fruit as they wish) and the animals live. Yes, there’s not only a dog, a cat but also a horse, which they like to visit whenever they can.…

 

Weekend!

School and kindy always end at 1 p.m. at Fridays, and everyone is full of energy and joy starting in the weekend. Enclosed some pictures of the school houses and our beaming daughters.

 

First approach at Abel Tasman NP

The smallest of New Zealand’s National Parks just in front of our staircase, we will do the tracks and walks there not only once but as often as we can spare time or the weather stays so nice as it did today. Abel Tasman is well known for its golden beaches, the sculptured granite cliffs…

 

Sandspit

The coastline at the Motueka shore is very flat, something we’d call “Watt” in German. The influence of tide on this area is enourmous and shifts the whole landscape from >all moon< to >perfect beach<. In the following some pics of the Motueka Sandspit at high tide and the next morning (low tide).  

 

I need trouble!

OK, that was too easy, seriously. I definitely expected to experience some kind of troubles along with this project. A missed flight, stress with the visa/immigration office, some hidden issues with the house, a very bad internet connection or even school troubles. But nothing! Maybe I’m too pessimistic?  

 
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