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... lisa and Jeff all stood out the front and waved them off. It was sad to say goodbye as we had all become a little family since Auckland! Jeff and Lisa were planning on hitch hiking back to Lake Aniwhenua where we had our cooking class, as they wanted to go back and see Nades before coming back to the national park to do the three day hike! So a little bit later on, they also left, so we said goodbye to them too. After ...
... rained instead of snow. Mum stayed at our rental home while dad, Ollie and I went up the mountain to snowboard. We booked a private lesson as we wanted to be taught how to turn. We got lucky and picked our favorite instructor from the day before, a girl called Linsey. By the end of day two I was turning confidently and starting to go straight down, Ollie didn't get the hang of it straight away but made up for it in the long run. Overnight it finally snowed ...
... we had arrived in Taumarunui, where we are staying tonight. The town boasts a majestic 1930s cinema, The Regent, which is out of action for the moment, unfortunately. As the route we have taken today is not particularly well-trodden by tourists, we weren't spoiled for choice for campsites. However, we were very lucky to be staying in a lovely little place with well-stocked kitchen and a fine herb and salad garden, which you can help yourself from, just outside. There are lichen ...
... as the Devils Staircase! At this stage a pole really helped. The track is not smooth, you are walking on lava flows but the views are amazing with Mount Ngauruhoe rising majestically nearby. As well as needing to stop for breath it was good to look around and take in the surroundings.
Red Crater is a ridge climb with a track off to the summit of Tongariro. We decided to leave it for another time! There are spectacular views along Red Crater of ...
... shale path into an arial high speed cheese grater! They all had micro cuts and bruises from the shale path defying gravity and becoming airborne! I looked at the next stage which is aptly called "The Devils Staircase" a 1 in 3 incline of black lava flow shale that disappeared into the cloud layer that was blocking everything from this point up. As I was a solo traveler, with no backup and no clue where I was going, I too decided enough was enough as a test ...
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75 Featherston Street, Wellington | 4 star hotelfrom $125
- Modern hotel with good fac…
- Great location!
- Helpful staff
128 Albert St, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $119
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- Staff- what staff?.
- Great Breakfast
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83 Symonds Street, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $146
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71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $110
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- Good but expensive
90 Federal St, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $147
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- Helpful Staff
- International quality heaven in Auckland
Corner Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $118
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- Top notch
- Best city location and gre…
22 - 26 Albert Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $124
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- Clean, comfortable and nic…
2 Grey Street, 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.
The Spencer 9 - 17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna | 3 star hotelfrom $123
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- Great location to stay at.
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- An OK experience
10 Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $94
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- Thank goodness!
1000 Eruera Street, Rotorua | 3 star hotelfrom $89
- Old and crappy
- Lovely location
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- Excellent location
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10 Tryon Street, Rotorua | 3 star hotelfrom $81
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- Nice place....
Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua | 4 star hotelfrom $105
- Would stay again
- Great deal
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153 Featherston Street, Wellington | 3 star hotelfrom $82
- Nice spot downtown
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8 Customs Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $92
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- Good central location.
59 Federal Street, Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $124
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170 Wakefield Street, Wellington | 3 star hotelfrom $120
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- Love this place!
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