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Pictures of the fifth part of our New Zealand trip (North Island)
(Taupo Rotorua Napier Gisborne East Cape Bay of Plenty Coromandel)
Part 1: Dunedin Invercargill Milford Sound Queenstown
Part 2: Queenstown Wanaka Mt. Cook Arthur's Pass Greymouth Lewis Pass Kaikoura Nelson Fox Glacier (Westcoast)
Part 3: Fox Glacier (Westcoast) – Wanaka – Queenstown – Alexandra – Oamaru – Dunedin
Part 4: Dunedin – Christchurch – Picton – Ferry to the North Island – WellingtonMasterton Hastings Wanganui New Plymouth Taupo
Part 6: Coromandel – Seabird Coast – Whangarei – Bay of Islands – Doubtless Bay – Cape Reinga – Hokianga – Tauranga
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274  Dark clouds and showers are
passing by at Lake Taupo at dawn –
here near Omori in the Southwest
 275  The sunrise offers once
more a colorful spectacle
276  One of the many showers shows
almost two perfectly formed rainbows
over a rural and peaceful scenery
277  In the volcanic plateau of
Rotorua the ground is
steaming everywhere
 278  The steaming silver pipes
belong to the Wairakei Geothermal
Power Station in Taupo, which
produces around 5% of
New Zealand’s electricity
279  For touristy reasons, the eruption
of the Lady Knox Geyser in the
“Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland“
in Rotorura is reactivated every day
at 10am with soap (would otherwise
only erupt every couple of days) –
for us a rather disappointing spectacle
280  Beautiful sulfur crystals in a
small crater at “Waiotapu Thermal
Wonderland” in Rotorura
 281  “Devil’s Bath“, a crater in the
“Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland” in
Rotorura, owes its color of green or
yellow to the amount of reflected
light and cloud cover
282  The Primrose sinter terraces in
“Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland” in
Rotorura are the largest in New
Zealand since the destruction of the
pink and white ones during the
eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886
283  Trees in their autumn colors in the
well kept Government Gardens in Rotorua
 284  Eye-catching in Rotorua is the
dominant building of the Visitor Center
285  Black swans are widespread
in New Zealand’s lakes
286  After the three times daily opening
of the floodgates of the Aratiatia Hydro-
electric Dam, enormous amount of water
crash through the Waikato riverbed showing
the spectators how the rapids looked
before the waters were dammed
 287  The Huka Falls produce
a big part of the water needed
for New Zealand’s electricity
288  The tall and nostalgic
looking railway bridge of
the “Palmerston North –
Gisborne Railway“ near Waihua
289  View at sunrise from our camping
spot on the Mahia peninsula South of
Gisborne towards the village Mahia Beach,
where we spent the night on the highest
terrace of a residential development area .....
 290  ..... and towards the quiet
Maungawhio lagoon and the sea
291  The lush green landscape in the
Northeast of the Mahia peninsula
reminds us of Scotland
292  A lonely horse is
reflecting in a calm pond
on the Mahia peninsula
 293  To the most Southern tip
of the Mahia peninsula, a remote road
often follows the attractive coast …..
294  ..... and it runs along this
wild coast back to the
“Pacific Coast Highway“
295  A stormy atmosphere is lying
over the sea at Tokomaru Bay,
where we camped at the beach
 296  We cross the Waiapu
River near Ruatoria
297  In Te Araroa, the blue Land-
Cruiser poses for a picture besides the
largest Pohutukawa tree in the world
(70ft. tall, 131ft. wide, >350 years old)
298  From Te Araroa towards the
East Cape are a whole range of
huge cambered bays
 299  A natural “flower bouquet”
along the Pacific Coast Highway
300  The sun catches the white cliffs
at the coast at Whangaparaoa in the
most Easterly part of the “Bay of Plenty”
301  The richly carved Marae –
a Maori meeting place – in Raukokore
in the East of the “Bay of Plenty”
 302  Detail of a Marae –
a Maori meeting place –
in Whangaparaoa in the most
Easterly part of the “Bay of Plenty”
303  The Anglican Church of
Raukokore stands
lonely on the promontory
304  Bleached ‘bones’ from distant
forests brought down to the sea at
a remote beach in the “Bay of Plenty”
 305  Sweeping view over
Ohope Beach near Whakatane
306  View from the Maraehako
Bay Retreat Backpackers over
the rocky coast at Whanarua Bay
307  On the parking lot of a
supermarket in Tauranga, two
big dogs wait anxiously for
their master to return
 308  Visit of our friends Gill and Rob in
Tauranga, who crossed Africa in 1991
with a Landrover and who were our
neighbors at the Tiwi Beach near Mombasa
in Kenya. Now they are proud parents of
two lovely children: Claudia und Harrison
309  We show and explain our
LandCruiser to the school children
of the Otumoetai School in Tauranga
310  The Coromandel Peninsula is dotted
with white sandy beaches and scattered
islands. Now in wintertime, we enjoy them
all to ourselves. Here at the Waihi Beach
 311  An intensive sunrise at the
Hahei Beach in the East of the
Coromandel Peninsula
announces a sunny day
312  Two surfers at Hot Water
Beach (South of Hahei) hope
for good surf conditions
313  The sandy beach of Hot
Water Beach glitters in the
afternoon light at low tide
 314  The Hot Water Beach South of
Hahei is a very popular spot. A spade
can be rented for $5 to dig the own bathtub
in the sand at low tide and soak in the
thermal water that bubbles just in the sand
315  The long and sandy Hot
Water Beach with the rural backdrop.
The hot water area is right in the center
316  Beach, islands and the sea
is the view at our peaceful lunch
at the beach of Hahei
 317  The solitary rock of Cathedral
Cove outside of Hahei on the Coromandel
Peninsula shines in the evening light …..
318  ….. and the limestone arch
of the Cathedral Cove is a major
attraction of the Coromandel Peninsula
319  The sun is rising behind
the islets at Hahei Bay
 320  Green bottlebrush flowers
line the forest walk to the
Cathedral Cove near Hahei
321  Sunset behind a row of trees
on a hill near Hahei’s Cathedral Cove
322  Panorama from the Cathedral Cove
lookout to the lime stone cliffs …..
 323  ..... the deep blue sea
and the Pigeon Island .....
324  ..... and the white
sandy beach of Hahei
325  The” Pukeko Expresso” not only
serves coffee and snacks at the Cathedral
Cove parking lot, but the lady watches also
the parked cars. Apparently, since her four
year’s presence, no burglaries in cars
occurred anymore! Parking on lonely and
deserted places, especially at trailheads,
became a (robbery-) problem in New Zealand
 The Coromandel District does not seem to be very tourist friendly,
the town of Whitianga in particular. Everywhere are prohibition signs:
(other districts are offering in turn free camping sites, called “freedom camping”)
326  24 hours liqueur
ban in force .....
327  .....and a mind-blowing fine
of max. NZ$ 20’000 (>US$15’000)!!
for staying overnight
328  There is nobody on the remote beach
in Opito 12 miles North of Whitianga. Even
the tiny hamlet is completely deserted, because
most of the houses – like very often seen in
New Zealand – are becoming busy and
inhabited only during the high season,
on holidays and over the weekend
 329 330
From Kuaotunu in the East we cross to Coromandel Town in the
West of the peninsula. Once more, we are enjoying the lovely
Toe-Toe grass that sometimes shows a pink color
More websites from New Zealand:
Articles in newspapers about us in New Zealand:
Article: "Still cruising after 628,000km", Otago Daily Times - February 27, 2008
Article: "Trip into the record books", Hokitika Guardian - April 3, 2008
Article: "Around the world in 23 years", Bay of Plenty Times - July 12, 2008