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NSZ1702- New Zealand - the Paradise Down Under

Saturday, November, 18nd, 2017 | Thomas Ritt / Ursula Peter | Pacific

Day 7: Fox Glacier - Punakaiki

We leave the ice behind and head towards gold in Hokitika, the old gold digger capital. Due to its historical background the West Coast is also known as the Gold Digger Coast, but nowadays everything around here revolves around jade, also known as greenstone, or Pounamu, as the Maori call it. 
Arthurs Pass is the main crossing point of the Southern Alps, the only road in New Zealand that features high alpine scenery as we know it from the European Alps. It is a lovely ride, but the main reason to come up here are the Keas, alpine parrots with a very bad reputation. They are super-smart and highly endangered, and up here on the pass we have the best chance of seeing some.

but the day started to some of us at 6 a.m. with a hike around Lake Matheson for some awesome pictures. Mount Cook is mirroring in the Lake. It took us some efforts to get these pics

and also the walk to the  lake was a highlight

Cliff and Debra saying goodbye....

..... to the world of ice

when ever anybody is on the West Coast - the Bushman Center is the place to go. You have to watch the movie in the high end "cinema" and just have a look round, there are awesome things to discover.....

an eel....

Justine is making one of the best coffees in the area

..... and some good slogans

Ralf and Justine

the group just doesn`t want to leave - but we have to.Tom is waiting with the picnic

Lake Mahinapua - what a spot for an Edelweiss picnic

Cliff and Debra in meditation

photoshooting on the coastline


Day 6: Queenstown to Fox Glacier

Mountains,lakes, rainforest, ocean, glaciers, all connected by an awesome road. What an incredible day.

the morning started with a wild ride on Shotover River

the Cadrona Hotel

not for motorcycles but for Tesla cars

one FAQ is missing on the list "where is the toilet?"

Cadrona Hotel - the garden, a nice place for a coffee

View from Crown Range Summit
Lake Wanaka, with Mount Aspiring in the back
Lake Wanaka again
Ralf, searching for photo locations
Debbie and Cliff, strolling through the rainforest

Day 5: Queenstown

Queenstown is a place unlike any other in New Zealand. It is full of backpackers, adventure-seekers and adrenaline-junkies, the average age seems to be somewhere around 25, and the air is saturated with fun, adventure and party.
This beautiful town, nestled between mountains right at Lake Wakatipu, is named the Adventure Capital of the world; after all it’s the place where bungy jumping was invented. You can also put your courage to the test at jet boating, white water rafting, aerobatics, sky diving, paragliding, or -sailing. But it’s not all about hair-raising adventure activities; there is also relaxing ones like a cruise on the 100 year old steamer TSS Earnslaw, or a tour from winery to winery.
The ride today will be along Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy, the entrance to paradise.

on the fantastic road along the Waikatipu Lake 

he knows how to indulge

and in the afternoon a boat cruise with the TSS Earnslaw - the "Old Lady" of Lake Waikatipu. She is believed to be the oldest working coal-fired steamship in the "Southern Hemisphere"

Walter Peak High Country Farm - on the other side of the lake

Ralf our journalist from the "Tourenfahrer" is always busy

the Remarkables at sunset

Day 4: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Milford Sound,the 8th wonder of the world, was still cloudy when we arrived at 8:45 in the morning. The ride on Milfod Road was quite cold and also there was more traffic than usual: 7 cars and one truck did we pass during the 1 1/2 hour ride. Crazy.

The boat cruise was amazing as we could not only watch the clouds disappear but were also able to spot dolphins, seals and even penguins.

Journalist @ work
Tim, Cliff and Debbie
Jo, whipping the tele lens out...
Jim and the legendary cap. They don't make them like they used to...
On our ride back to Te Anau we came across this lonely Kea
Reflections in Mirror Lake

the Takahe - a bird which was supposed to be extinct

only 300 of them are left on this planet  

Picnic at Lake Te Anau

The well fed group

the meadows are dotted with white sheeps

Tussok grass - it looks very beautiful

Day 3: Twizel - Te Anau

Beautiful Lindis Pass is the gateway to Otago region
Kawarau Bridge has seen 29 years of commercial Bungy jumping
Nobody in the group was brave enough to jump so we watched some other people do it.

Day 2: Christchurch - Twizel

It's spring in New Zealand, the Southern Alps are still snow covered, but the sun is already strong. It didn't shine this morning, as we left Christchurch, and the temperatures hovered around 10°C. But as soon as we reached the High Country the sky turned blue and it became twice as warm. A good start to this tour!

on the Summit Road - view to Lyttelton

the Rakaia gorge

Jim and Jane

the church of the good shepherd and Lake Tekapo

Cliff is meditating on Lake Tekapo shore

since a Chinese celebrity married here a lot of his friends are coming to visit the famous place

Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook

normally I don`t like me in pictures but these are two good ones - of course they are not taken by me but by our journalist

Mt. Cook, aka Aoraki, meaning "cloud piercer". A true highlight of this tour, already on day 1
Tour guide Ursula, cruising past Lake Tekapo
This is Ralf...
... and here we have Jo from Switzerland
Jim & Jane...
... and Tim, slightly distracted by the amazing scenery.
And last but not least: Cliff & Debbie

Day 1: Arrival in Christchurch

The Cathedral in Christchurch - the city is still suffering from the earthquake

before we getting the bikes ready and preparing the tourstart breakfast is necessary

no 46 on the cappuchinos here it is the silverfern

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von Waldburg Gabriele
Friday, November, 17nd, 2017 at 15:47

Hallo Ursula
Bei dem Wetter wäre ich auch gern dort
Viel Spass und hoffentlich bis bald mal wieder auf dieser grossen weiten Welt
Glg gaby
Ursula Peter
Saturday, November, 18nd, 2017 at 08:25

Ja hallo Gaby,
wir haben doch erst in Malaga gefrühstückt
Du kannst noch kommen, es gäbe für die Verlängerungswoche Nordinsel noch ein Bike. Ein Landsmann von dir wär auch dabei.
Na wie wärs? Wir sind an der Westküste bei strahlendem Sonnenschein.
Liebe Grüße
Gerti VanderSchuur
Tuesday, November, 14nd, 2017 at 06:54

Hello Ursula,
Beautiful pictures bringing back fond memories ! Enjoy your time in NZ.
Tuesday, November, 14nd, 2017 at 19:35

Hi Gerti,
nice hearing from you. We are in Te Anau at the moment and going to Milford Sound this morning - remember the nice cruise ship captain and the perfect boat cruise?
Regards to Paul and all the best
Gerti Vander Schuur
Wednesday, November, 15nd, 2017 at 00:39

Hope you found a day with sunshine and blue skies ! We are seriously considering the Machu Picchu Adventure.
Safe travels, Gerti
Ursula Peter
Wednesday, November, 15nd, 2017 at 11:04

Go for it, I think it is a good choice.
Regards Ursula
Tuesday, November, 14nd, 2017 at 04:02

The scenery looks beautiful.Glad that having a good time. Your Dad would of loved it.
Jim's sister
Tuesday, November, 14nd, 2017 at 03:02

Free beer? And motorcycles?! Well, keep your helmets on...

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