It's hard to say what the highlight of the last two weeks was, there's been
so many. We've driven down through Rotorua and around the thermal lakes and
geysers where you find steaming pools, boiling mud and amazing coloured
lakes around every corner. Then it was on to Taupo, home of the great lake. There we rafted down many of the rivers leading to the lake, whilst bunjee
jumpers leapt from above to be plunged up to the waist in water before
shooting up into the sky again.
From there we drove to the Tongariro national park and walked "New Zealands
best one day walk". The walk takes you between the Ngaurohue and Ruahupeu
volcanoes and along ridges of extinct volcano craters, some now filled with
Most of the time the landscape was like walking on the moon with no vegetation to cover the mountains. But as we battled up a vertical scree
slope with a hurricene wind against us there was no time to appreciate the
lunar surroundings. All concentration was centred on trying to stay on the
mountain and not be blown off to pluto.
Luckily over the ridge the wind had decided to admit defeat and leave us on
the mountain, so we managed to enjoy lunch in a sheltered spot by the amazingly green emerald lakes. From there on it was a all downhill back to
On the road again and off to the next volcano, Mount Taranaki, which is
right on the west coast so there are beautiful views of the volcano from the
ocean and amazing views of the whole coast line from the volcano. But only
if it is not pouring with rain and covered in cloud. At least we saw the
many brochures and leaflets of how it looks on a sunny day.
Now we're in the windy city, Wellington, and it's living up to it's name
giving Rupert plenty of windsurfing opportunities. In a couple of days
we're catching the ferry to the south island where we'll be in touch