I enjoyed an extremely scenic drive to FitzRoy from my place in Tryphena on Wednesday to pick up two mates. My friends from Germany have already seen quite a bit of New Zealand during their (work-)holidays but were very keen to experience the beauty of Aotea (Great Barrier Island) and to actively take part in the island lifestyle. The ferry from Auckland to Port FitzRoy arrived a bit early and while they were having a few beers and watching the locals picking up various freight for themselves and their businesses, I was still on the road, taking pictures and enjoying the drive.
The contained scrub fire from the 21. January on the south eastern side of Kaitoke has reignited and turned into a large scale fire with more than
20 100 hectares of bush in flames. I’m not sure what the situation is at the moment, the 40 odd local volunteer fire fighters, 3 helicopters and additional support from the main land have been working over night at containing the fire. Unfortunately, the wind has turned and is blowing on-shore now. The location of the fire is around the Kaitoke/Claris area, which is one of the larger settlements on the island, where also most of the businesses are located. Claris airport closed yesterday. According to the news, no homes were destroyed and no person was injured, however, 20 homes and businesses have been evacuated. We all hope that it won’t get worse than this.
The cause of the fire and its reignition are under investigation. For more information from the media and videos:
Sebi and Jani, friends living in Germany I met in New Zealand about 5 years ago, contacted me a few months ago and told me they were coming on holiday to New Zealand and were quite keen to come and visit me here on Great Barrier Island. So, we kind of got a plan together, they would arrive here via ferry and stay for 4 nights before leaving via plane to Auckland and then to the South Island. At the moment, they are in the Motueka region, hiking in the Abel Tasman National Park. After that, they are going to Queenstown/Glenorchy where they’ll be doing the Routeburn Track followed by the Caples Track. Continue reading Friends from Germany