Lisa Siebers – Braunschweig and Marie Bőlke – Nickenich
We had a great time at Wellington High School, and during our time here, we had the opportunity to travel around New Zealand. With the school we went on a tramping trip to the Volcanic Plateau in Tongariro National Park, and with other International friends from Germany, Vietnam and Brazil, we went on a tour of the North Island.
In Tongariro National park we hiked up the volcano Mt Ngauruhoe, saw steaming pools and stayed in the tramping huts very close to active volcanoes. We rested after the hike in natural hot water springs.
On our tour of the North Island we first flew to Auckland where we visited the Skytower, and got a great view of the city from the top of One Tree Hill.
After that, we went to Pahia, and enjoyed the Bay of Islands by doing a boat trip. From there we visited Cape Reinga, and swam at the beach. It was amazing. The next stop from there was 90 Miles Beach.
The highlight of our trip was Hamilton; we spent a lot of money for the one night we stayed there but it was worth it because we got to know this beautiful city.
On our way home we went to Rotorua where we visited the geysers and a Maori village. It was really interesting, impressive and expensive to see a bit of New Zealand’s traditional culture, especially the Haka. It’s a pity that it was just made for tourist, for example, the moko were not real.
We finished our trip at Lake Taupo, where we went to see the Huka Falls and we took a lot of beautiful pictures of them and ourselves.
February 2008-April 2008