Etappe 2: Hamdorf nach Albersdorf

Der Erreichbarkeit wegen die letzte Etappe in umgekehrter Richtung: morgens früh ging es in Hamdorf los, über die Eider hinweg nach Breiholz. Dann weiter über Bastenberg zum Nord-Ostsee-Kanal und an dessen Ufer entlang bis zur Kanalfähre Oldenbüttel. Über die Gieselauschleuse und an Hinrichshörn vorbei ging es dann den Kanal entlang und über den „tiefen Grund“ schließlich zum Bahnhof Albersdorf. Etappe 2 war somit nachgeholt und der Nord-Ostsee-Weg vollständig 😊

Etappe 1: Von Meldorf nach Albersdorf

Die erste Etappe ist geschafft: Von Meldorf, wo ich mir zuerst den Meldorfer Dom ansah, ging es weiter über Wolmersdorf, Farnewinkel und Bargenstedterfeld nach Dellbrück. Nach kurzer Besichtigung am Hünengrab Dellbrück ging es weiter nach Tensbüttel, wo ich meine Mittagspause einlegte. Frisch gestärkt ging es weiter zum Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, dem die Route in den nächsten Tagen folgen wird. Den Abschluss der Tagestour bildete der Bahnhof Albersdorf.


New Zealand Day 18 – Palmi to Auckland

Today was exhausting for a completely different reason: We sat on the Bus. The whole day… Altogether 10 hours, including 2 hrs delay. Without a working toilet. Or rather we do not now whether it was working because it was locked and the (driver) did not have the key. But apart from that, and the bus drivers (i think it must have been at least three, but I can’t tell) not saying a single word via the intercom (like ‚good day‘ or ‚we are now arriving at…‘), it got us where we wanted to be: Auckland. With all our good Intercity bus rides, we were somewhat dissappointed by this Nakedbus experience. By the Way, we passed by a lot of places we already visited, like the Tongariro National Park, Taupo and Rotorua. Since there were not many chances to take pictures, here’s two of the Tongariro and one of Auckland just past our arrival.

This concludes our trip through wonderful New Zealand. All in all we spent 3530 km on the road (the last 515 km today by bus).

Tomorrow we will have our final day in Auckland to relax, then we’ll be on our way back. Expect no further updates until we are back home on Sunday. Cheers!

New Zealand Day 16 – Timaru to Picton

Hooray for bad planning! After our brief stay in Timaru we hurried back to Picton to return the car. We hurried past Christchurch along the Highway 1 in mainly bad weather, but especially north of Kaiapoi we were able to get a glimpse of the beautiful coastline. We were even lucky to find a beach that was not only home of a large Seal. We were even able to find some beautiful Paua shells. When we entered the Marlborough Region the weather improved significantly and after we handed over the car we enjoyed the rest of our day in Picton. Tomorrow we’ll be off to the North Island once more.

Trip so far: 2778 km (today 412 km by car)

New Zealand Day 15 – Haast to Tekapo to Timaru

More NZ roads today as we continued on Highway 6 towards Tekapo. We had some nice refreshing roadside snacks at Makarora Country Cafe and continued past Wanaka where we changed onto Highway 8A / 8. We continued towards Tepako. We had a nice break at Omarama and, shortly after that, enjoyed the view at Lake Pukaki, although the famous view to Mt. Cook was blocked by fog. We continued on to  Lake Tekapo and the often photographed Church of the Good Shepherd, but the idyllic view of pictures on the internet was unfortunately blocked by busloads full of asian tourists. Still got some nice pictures though, even a few without tourists 😉 Since Tepako was quite disappointing and all accomodations overrun, we pressed on for Timaru where we stayed the night.

Trip so far: 2366 km (today 433 km by car)