Travel Blogs from North Island
... dampen most people's spirits but I was still thanking my lucky stars from my skydive day. We learned to put on crampons and also how to use an ice pick to slow you down in the event you fall and start sliding down the mountain. The ascents were rather minimal but a few hikers started to overheat and question their abilities. My Taupo Chinese ladies headed the pack and I have them words of encouragement while wondering how they planned to get through the next seven hours. ...
At this other worldly and bleak point we turned around to a spectacular view of the valley we had just climbed through. The rolling hills and mountains with their brown, green and yellow shadows were like something out of the Lord of The Rings movie!
As we reached our first and challenging summit clambering over rocks and carved out steps, (although my Gandalf stick helped ...
... steady procession, ascending upwards.
I was actually staggered by the number of people doing this pretty intense hike IN TRAINERS?! I mean, who goes hiking anywhere, in trainers?! I would honestly say there were more people wearing trainers than proper hiking boots! Le sigh…
Once we’d escaped the hoardes and taken our detour to our right, we looked above us at the challenge that lay ahead of us. The words of the man at the counter in the hostel ...
... Mt Ruapehu, then Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro. All have snow on the top. Only Mr Ruapehu has a glacier. The train took us through the Raurimu Spiral which has been engineered around a volcano and a river. The train was really comfortable for 12 hours. We arrived at Auckland at 6.30pm. Auckland looks completely different to anywhere else in New Zealand. It looks modern and has lots of high end shops. This seems like the capital. Not sure why it isn't. We ...
Ok, well technically we didn't walk into Mordor, but this is where it was filmed! Those of you who have watched the Lord of the Rings movies will recognize the landscape. And we didn't just walk into Mordor, we tramped! In New Zealand, a walk or hike refers to a stroll through the meadow, where as a tramp is referring to something that requires sturdy boots, lots of water, and proper clothing. Our hike today was definitely the latter.
Today we tramped ...
Other places to stay in North Island
75 Featherston Street, Wellington | 4 star hotelfrom $125
- Helpful staff
- Ottimo albergo
- Großartiges Hotel
128 Albert St, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $119
- Sleek, modern, and excellent
- Can't fault it
- Great choice
Cnr Princes St and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $149
- Excellent 5 day stay
- Loved the Hyatt!
- Nice Hotel for the Price
83 Symonds Street, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $146
- Excellent Hotel
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $110
- Great hotel
- Great location. Excellent service!
- Great Value for money !!!
90 Federal St, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $147
- Helpful Staff
- International quality heaven in Auckland
- Visa problems
Corner Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $118
22 - 26 Albert Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $124
- Great view - terrible service
- Fantastic hotel, excellent service! A true 5* gem!
- **Well appointed & luxurious**
2 Grey St, Wellington | 5 star hotelfrom $165
- OK but some real problems
- Make sure you have a view !!
- Disappointing and soul-less
171 Queen St, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $142
- Best Concierge
- Okay for a quick visit.
9 - 17 Byron Ave, Takapuna | 3 star hotelfrom $123
- Awesome Hotel! Highly Recommended!!!
- Terrific choice
2 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Mangere | 3 star hotelfrom $105
10 Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $94
- Thank goodness!
- Cool hotel and excellent value for money
1000 Eruera Street, Rotorua | 3 star hotelfrom $89
- Great hotel
- Great deal in best location, right by the lake!
- Enjoyable stay
Corner Eruera & Hinemaru Streets, P.O. Box 1044, Rotorua | 4 star hotelfrom $82
- Ok hotel -- don't expect any frills
- Very Average
- Good value for money
10 Tryon Street, Rotorua | 3 star hotelfrom $81
Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua | 4 star hotelfrom $105
- Good Value Stay In Central Rotorua
- The nicest hotel in Rotorua
- Better than expected for a Novotel
153 Featherston Street, Wellington | 3 star hotelfrom $82
8 Customs Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $92
59 Federal Street, Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $124
- Okay for a night
- Horrible bathroom
- Would not return to this hotel
Corner of Kirkbride & Ascot Roads, Mangere | 3 star hotelfrom $90
7 Alma Street, Hamilton | 4 star hotelfrom $120
170 Wakefield Street, Wellington | 3 star hotelfrom $143
- Club Class not worth the extra money!
- Great location but nothing to write home about
- Good location, otherwise nothing special
21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Lighter Quay, Auckland | Hotel
- Genau, was man von einem Westin erwarten würde!
- Great Westin foundations..but with opening jitters!
- Ausgefallen, aber schön
196 - 200 Quay Street, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $81
147 Quay Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $248
- Hated it!
- Beatiful and fun
- Super views and location