Travel Blogs from North Island
On the 3rd July we travelled to Mount Ruapehu, We rented a batch 5km North of National Park. The house had a pointy triangle for a roof; also it was not too big but it was all open plan. When we entered the house we found out that all of the beds were in one big area. Later that night when we were supposed to have dinner, it took agggeee'sss for the hob to heat. We kept warm with a snug wood burner. The next day we rented ...
... owner (Lorraine. The farm is actually named after her daughter, Lauren) and we sat and drank hot chocolate and coffee washed down with one of her home made cakes, in a beautiful setting surrounded by lavender plants all around the cafe. Following the 5 hour drive back to Auckland we were shattered. But once again, another Region of this country has delivered in giving us jaw dropping natural beauty. There's plenty more places to explore. We have another public holiday in 4 ...
... and strictly speaking, since we didn't camp on our tramps, maybe they didn't quite qualify, but our partial ascent of Mount Ruapehu felt very much like tramping to us! We took the chair lift up to 2020m then climbed another 280m on the Skyline Route, marked by poles, over rocky terrain and scree to a ...
... the world. Pictures hardly do it justice.
20+ km and 1000m later, with tired legs and knees, we arrived at the end of the trail to catch the 3:30 shuttle for a half hour ride back to the hotel.
We then drove to Taupo to stay for the next two nights.
I am getting a little bit better at this, almost having fun now. ...
... after overtaking each others a few times, we finished it at exactly the same moment. I was in so much pain, I can't even start to understand how they managed.
Anyway, as we reached the middle of the hike, the views were just breathtaking. Especially around the Red Crater, the Emerald Lakes and the Blue Lake. Absolutely superb. I let a few 'wooow' escape from my mouth even if I didn't have anyone to talk to. And to know ...
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Corner Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $118
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171 Queen St, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $142
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153 Featherston Street, Wellington | 3 star hotelfrom $82
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59 Federal Street, Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $124
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21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Lighter Quay, Auckland | Hotel
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- Ausgefallen, aber schön
196 - 200 Quay Street, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $81
147 Quay Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $248
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