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Wine tasting and ferry from Picton to Wellington

After leaving Nelson we were going to Picton to take the ferry back to Wellington. On they way we stop in a small town known for green-lipped mussels (they call it the green lipped mussel capital of the world) where they had THE BEST pie! Mussels pie. It was so good, want to go back just to buy the pie. Havelock is the name of the coastal town which is in the Marlborough region.

We also stopped by a winery (the place is called Whitehaven), and the bus driver asked us if we were up for some wine tasting for 5 NZD. I think everyone was game. Never too early for wine 😉

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On the ferry to Wellington.

Last time we were on this ferry it was a storm brewing, so it was raining the entire time, so we sat inside and couldn’t see a thing out the windows because of the weather. But this time it was sunny (doesn’t look like it in the picture, but it was actually boiling hot when it was taken) and we sat on deck the entire trip. The scenery was beautiful and we are really happy we got to experience it. We were told it was one of the most beautiful ferry-rides in the world. After a while it started getting windy, but we just got our jackets on and it was fine.

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Wanaka: Roy’s peak

Wanaka is so amazing! It’s like walking into a painting. THAT beautiful! One of the most beautiful places! It makes me want to go see the Alps (in Europe). The town and lake is surrounded by mountains. Kiwi Experience originally just stop one night here, but we extended our stay so we stayed two nights. BEST decision! The first day we walked Mount Iron, that is just a short walk up a “mountain”. Can’t really call it a mountain, but yeah, since the town is already above sealevel, apparently Mount Iron is high enough the be called a mountain. But, we recommend walking up there if you only have one day. It’s beautiful, you get a view of the city.

But we decided to walk up Roy’s Peak. Originally we wanted to walk up Isthmus Peak, but since we never heard back from the shuttle company going there, we had to choose another place. We found Roy’s Peak, and thought okay, this sounds okay for us. So we called yellow cabs and walked up there. It took us approximately 3 hours to walk up. It was hard! But so worth the view!

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On top of Mount Roy!

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Had to wait ONE HOUR just to take a picture here. We stood in a queue of maybe 10 people. But some people were taking like 20 minutes just ta have their photos. We were superfast though 😉

It’s even more beautiful in real life! The weather was amazing when we walked up. Really, really recommend staying here longer than one night! Walking up here was amazing, this place is so beautiful your in awe. On our way down, we thought we had a lot of time. But we stood in this queue from one hour. At the top we took pictures and ate lunch. So after the queue here, which was NOT at the top, but further down the path. We had one hour to get down before the taxi arrived. But it took longer time to walk down than we thought. Suddenly we only had 20 minutes left and we were still far far up. So we started running a little when it was not so slippery. And at precise four o’clock (maybe even a minute before) I see the yellow cab coming. So I run the rest of the way down. Scared that the taxi will drive away. The taxi didn’t drive away, we made it 🙂

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River Valley

We spent one night in River Valley. Swam in the refreshing water in the river. Everywhere we go in New Zealand is beautiful. So many places to see, and it’s so diverse. If you have the time, we recommend coming here. It’s special. We slept in “Big Bunks”, same thing that was being used in back country huts.

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Is it not beautiful here?

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Sleeping arrangements.

River Valley is really isolated, some place we probably would have never visited would it not have been for traveling with Kiwi Experience. One thing that is for us, we really got a digital detox when traveling as we didn’t bother buying a NZ sim-card. Internet access in this country is limited, IF there is free wifi, usually just for a few hours each day. And often the connection is really bad. But you don’t want to spend your time on your phone when there is so much to see! Here in River Valley you had to pay if you wanted wifi. And it was expensive as well, we didn’t buy any.

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Huka Falls

We had a short stop in Huka Falls before we went to Taupo centre. It was stunning! Nature is amazing. We have fallen in love with this country ❤

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Kind of feel like the Japanese people rushing through Norway just stopping to take pictures. But the month spent in this fantastic country was amazing! Now that we’re back in OZ working, life is not the same, obviously. If only money was no problem. But we’ve learned to travel really cheap. Sometimes eating oatmeal (made with water) for both breakfast, lunch and dinner! Crazy.

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Oia #3

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Her er vi slitne etter å ha gått opp alle trappetrinnene, og litt til.

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Her har vi prøvd hardt i lang tid å få til å ta bildet hvor vindmølla kommer i bakgrunnen. Funka til slutt 🙂 2015-07-28 18.33.46.jpg2015-07-28 18.34.06.jpg2015-07-28 18.34.21.jpg2015-07-28 18.36.06.jpg

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Fått kjøpt oss litt tapas og sangria og sitter på en takterasse for å få med oss “The beautiful sunset of Oia”. 

 

Alle bildene vi tok av solnedgangen. Det var naturligvis finere i virkeligheten. Men den så ut som en hvilken som helst solnedgang. De har vært flinke til å markedsføre seg da.

Etter å ha fått med oss solnedgangen gikk vi litt rundt i gatene før vi fartet hjemover til Fira.

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Rethymno

Retymno er hovedstad i prefekturet Rethymno og er den tredje største byen på Kreta. Byen ble bygd i antikken og er regionen er som helhet rik på oldtidshistorie. Bygningene i byen er datert fra 1500-tallet. En vinfestival holdes årlig ved begynnelsen av juli. En annen festival blir holdt i minne av ødeleggelsen av klosteret Arkadi og blir holdt den 7 og 8 november.

Byens festning er fra venetiansk tid og er en av de best bevarte borgene på Kreta. Byen har flere monumenter og severdigheter, men pga. vår korte tid (vi hadde en time til disposisjon) hadde vi ikke tid til å gjøre annet enn å kikke.

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Første bildet tatt i Rethymno!

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I dag er byens økonomi basert på turisme og mange nye fasiliteter er bygd de siste årene. Jordbruk er også viktig, særlig olivenolje. Vi var innom en butikk der de solgte diverse oljer og lignende. Vi kjøpte flere pakker te som hadde visstnok skulle ha helsefremmende effekter og hjelpe mot diverse ting som forkjølelse, halsbetennelse og lignende.

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Den ferskpressede appelsinjuicen representerer oss!

Den ferskpressede appelsinjuicen representerer oss!

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Handlet noen suvenirer

Var ikke dette en fin by. På utflukten fikk vi så kort tid på alle stedene. Vi skulle jo rekke å besøke tre steder i løpet av en dag, så følte vi bare rakk så vidt å gå litt rundt. Kunne nok vært lurt å leid en bil og kjørt dit selv, ingen av oss har førerkort. Og det er jo litt annerledes å kjøre i et fremmed land.