The Centre of New Zealand

As soon as the kids were delivered to school and kindy, we did some brainstorming on which beach we’d go… and Christian suggested we’d buy some gorgeos breakfast trifles at the European Bakery and go to Nelson, climb a hill and enjoy our meal with a great view. On our way on the Moutere Highway…

 

Spring Festival

We were warmly invited to the Wallace street Kindergarten for the Spring Festival to share in their celebration of the joy of Spring – and we showed up in our dirndls (except Christian, who was wearing his leather trousers instead ;) The Programme: Arrival and get together, making flower wreaths, dekorating the cakes everybody brought,…

 

Starting the BBQ season!

Around the 20th of October it got really warm, and though it was near-frost in the mornings, the blue, cloudless sky warmed up the air as good as in summertime and it was actually possible to sit in the garden until 7 pm and have a long, relaxed barbecue :)

 

Apple Tree Bay

Two more different rocks than granite and marble would be difficult to find: Together they form the rocky basement of the Abel Tasman National Park and determine its natural features, from drainage systems to coastal erosion patterns and forest types. At the peak of one of NZ great mountain building periods, about 115 million years…

 

The Golden Bay HDR

After the walkway we didn’t turn and go home instantly but had a Takaka and Pohara visit until the hunger rose and brought us back on the track. And there I was able to make this nice shot of an upcoming rain front over Golden Bay. In the following you’ll find the original, a softly…

 

Takaka Hill Walkway

The Takaka Hill has the deepest caves in New Zealand. Its unusual karst landscape was formed by the weathering of NZ’s oldest rocks. Layers of shells laid down under the sea, have been compressed, heated and uplifted. Millions of years of rain have dissolved the resulting marble into distinctive shapes and formed deep shafts and…

 

Newcastle

The early settlement of little cheese scone dwarfs and wooden knights, riding shellfish and plant remains lead to the conclusion, that everybode in this very beautiful castle must have a nice day today and will sleep well tonight … until the next tide is high.

 

Marble cake

*** The two weeks spring holidays are over, we’re back home! *** Time for the things we were missing while away: Marmorgugelhupf, for example. But without springform tin or Gugelhupfform … what can be done about that? That’s right! You take a pot :) Delicious!

 

Wellington, rain and the ferry back home

Verena and I waited in the car and cheered when Anna and Dad came back from the Fish and Chips Takaway with big bags. Healthy food and road trip really don’t go well with each other :( The Ferry was fully booked and allthough the weather cannel foretold storm, everybody was easy and the busses…

 

Opunake and Taranaki coastline

“Weeeeee used to wait …” Not in the suburbs but at a recreation and picnic area with excellent view and enough picnic to wait the whole cloudy sky out, we waitet … and got rewarded with an almost clear Taranaki picture. Not the only ones to wait. And there he is, Sir Egmont. Stop-over in…

 
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