Work & Travel New Zealand 2008/2009

Travel time: August 2008 - August 2009  |  by Ulla-Christina Ludewig

Auckland - City of Sails: Hunua Ranges

August 30, 2008

Weekend again and nice weather! Means: out there and enjoy New Zealands treasures. This time we didn´t have to drive far because the "Hunua Ranges Regional Park" is at our doorstep, only 20 km away from Papakura.

Here you can see it at google maps:
Papakura - Hunua Falls

It is one of Auckland´s 25 Regional Parks. In fact it is Auckland´s largest forest landscape and includes a 30 m waterfall called "Hunua Falls". Of course I didn´t wanna miss that! And it has also Auckland´s only mainland population of one of New Zealand´s rarest birds, the Kokako.

Photos? Of course I took photos My camera had as much fun as we did!

First sight of the Hunua Falls

First sight of the Hunua Falls

On way to Lookout

On way to Lookout

Mysterious and beautiful rainforest

Mysterious and beautiful rainforest

Autotimer

Autotimer

On the way back to the parking lot we discovered another small path to the falls. And then I saw it, a huge picture frame! Great! We were having fun taking some photos there with autotimer

Havin fun with a picture frame

Havin fun with a picture frame

Even on the way back to Papakura there were several photostops in store for me!

Beautiful NZ hills and sheep again

Beautiful NZ hills and sheep again

On the way back to Papakura

On the way back to Papakura

Entering Papakura again I discovered the local "Marae", a meeting place for the Maori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Here is more information on the Maori and Marae:

Marae New Zealand (Wikepedia)

Maori (Wikipedia)

Marae at Papakura

Marae at Papakura

Later in the afternoon the sun teased us. It was shining but as soon as we were in the city, were Andy wanted to show me some more sights, it disappeared again and it got really chilly...*brrrrrr*

View from "Bastion Point"

View from "Bastion Point"

Harbour Bridge from "Westhaven Marina"

Harbour Bridge from "Westhaven Marina"

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The trip
 
Description:
My last chance for a "Working Holiday Visa" for new Zealand! So kiwis (all of them - fruit, birds and of course people), whales and dolphins beware, I´m coming!
Details:
Start of journey: Aug 11, 2008
Duration: 12 months
End of journey: Aug 10, 2009
Travelled countries: New Zealand
Australia
The Author
 
Ulla-Christina Ludewig is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 15 years.
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