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... Lots of steps but not so bad. This led up to the south crater rim. We were in between mt tongariro and mt ngaruhoe at this point. Mt ngaruhoe is mt doom in Lord of the rings! It was pretty spectacular! We then walked across the crater and got our first taste of snow! Although it is summer here of course! Doug said he felt a bit Christmassy because of it. I have to say the warm sun meant I didn't really feel it! At the other end of the crater ...
... most dreary of cities. Plonked in the middle of a featureless rural plain, too small to be lively and too big to be friendly, Palmerston North is a place I could quite happily never see again, and luckily it’s not even on the main road so I might not have to. I head south out of town, stopping only to photograph a landscape which sums up this bleak region. At least the roads are flat and fast. My van seems to be running better every day. It’s as ...
... the trek we met back at base and went in the hot tub, lovely jubly! Followed by a bite to eat and an early night. We departed for Wellington in the morning. The drive in total about 5 hours through some great scenery. On arrival in Wellington, myself and a couple others walked around the botanic gardens, before deciding to have some drinks and head out. A really great night out, but we were to leave the hostel at 6.40am for the ferry over to the South Island. A few of us struggling ...
... a move on!
My foot was really sore in the morning and even though the stiches and the tape helped a bit it was still a struggle for the first couple of hours as I was trying not to put any weight on it. The first hurdle we came across was called 'The Devils' Staircase' which was a fairly accurate description. Flight after flight of stairs lay ahead and as soon as you thought you could see the last step anther 20 appeared out of nowhere!
We did have a ...
One whole month to the day since I arrived in New Zealand. And here I am, in a tent in Turangi in the middle of the North Island. Which basically translates as, pretty much the middle of heehaw nowhere. Debbie who is currently in a sleeping bag next to me and happens to be my best friend from school and I today completed one of the most amazing one day walks in the world, The Tongariro Crossing. We decided to go before heading North to Rotorua for New Years and my ...
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 | 4 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, P.O. Box 6220, 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
cnr Kirkbride and Ascot Rds, Airport Oaks, 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 St, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $248
- Hated it!
- Beatiful and fun
- Super views and location