Monthly Archives: February 2017

Photo of Chinese Beef Fried Noodles

Essen gehen in Neuseeland

Zugegeben, das klingt zunächst banal – das Folgende könnte jedoch für den ein oder anderen Anhänger der Gaumenfreuden von Interesse sein. Zunächst: Ja, man kann in Neuseeland gut und günstig (leider oft nicht gleichzeitig) essen gehen, warum auch nicht. Sich ein paar Details im Vergleich mit Europa bzw. Deutschland anzuschauen, hilft jedoch möglicherweise, Frustration, Verwunderung und falsche Erwartungen auf ein Minimum zu reduzieren. Continue reading

Picture of one of the forest's waterfalls

Hidden gems: Tawarau Forest

Sometimes one doesn’t have to venture far off the beaten path to find a real gem – this is especially true in New Zealand, no matter if North Island or South Island. “The beaten path” I will start this post with today are the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, which are about one hour drive from Hamilton, that rather soulless city in the Northwest of the Waikato.

Being on most NZ tourist itineraries, virtually everybody has done “blackwater rafting” or a related activity with one of the many tour operators that own licenses to go into the caves. Yes, I’ve done it too, and don’t get me wrong: It’s a cool activity and often a highlight for many of Aotearoa’s visitors. Very few of these tourists though wonder where the road that continues past the big visitor centre leads to: Te Anga Road can bring you all the way to the coast, and it’s a really nice drive scenery-wise, albeit very windy and narrow, like so many of NZ’s backcountry roads. It also allows you to reach the destination I present to you today: The beautiful Tawarau Forest. Continue reading