Autumn holidays! Day 9: Cape Palliser

The south-eastern corner of the North Island is a little bit out of hand, but it’s very rewarding to go there, especially in pleasent weather and with yummy snacks to enjoy on a bench at the seaside, far away from everything.

 

Autumn holiday! Day 8: Masterton – Castle Point

My personal highlight of this road trip. The day-trip from Masterton over to Castle Point. We’ve been there 3 years earlier and we had the same drizzle weather conditions when we arrived. But after an hour or so, all clouds suddenly disappeared and so we did that short walk along the coastline which resulted in wonderful…

 

Autumn holidays! Day 7: Wairarapa

Fortunately not our motel (but a nice building in the middle of nowhere): The longest place name in NZ: An unassuming hill known as “Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu”, which translates into English as “the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed…

 

Autumn holidays! Day 6: From West to East – Whanganui to Hastings

Virginia Lake in Whanganui: A very nice early morning walk around the lake. But they seem to have a serious problem with algae (and thousands of ducks, swans, gooses and other birds) and the resulting smell.    We chose the northern route over to the East Coast. It’s about the longest way you can go,…

 

Autumn holidays! Day 5: Kapiti Coast, Whanganui

It’s time to leave the little big city and head off to Whanganui (where nobody really knows if it is Wanganui or Whanganui): Bason Botanic Gardens, in the middle of nowhere, someone started an extended garden project many many years ago:

 

Autumn holidays! Day 4: Petone Pier, Weta Workshop, Minigolf, Red Rocks

Petone Pier is probably not the most well-known tourist attraction in Wellington, but on a wind-still morning like this, it comes with a very unique flair. Exceptional wood-works at Old St. Paul’s church. Only the souvenir shop at the front is a bit unnecessary: We did a tour at the Weta Workshop, where they create all the…

 

Autumn holidays! Day 3: Te Ika-a-Māui (Zealandia, Downtown, Otari-Wilton’s Bush, Mt. Vic)

Welcome to the North Island! Our first day in Wellington we spent mostly at Zealandia, had a walk through the Cuba Street District, drove to have a look from Mt Victoria and visited the Brooklyn wind turbine.

 

Autumn holidays! Day 2: Ferryday

Moving a tiny car in the belly of one of these giant sea monsters is a timeconsuming feat. Lining up one hour prior to departure, then eating the previously picked up breakfast (very clever) while talking to a nice guy from DOC about didymo algae, moving over ramps, parking very, very close to the others and…

 

Autumn holidays! Day 1: Road Trip

From our previous holidays know that the perfect way to get around is by car, with the whole family, heaps of suitcases, a camera – like the real tourist deal. Everybody should have some days away from home at least twice a year, we said. And off we were :)    

 

Wind fence

Setting up a wind break fence that separates our driveway from the lawn and deck.

 
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