Travel Blogs from North Island
... the sun was out and the views were absolutely stunning up towards Mount Doom and the Red Crater. After the fail of encountering the truly awful long drop toilets at Soda Springs on my first visit to Tongariro, we gave these a wide berth before joining the single file of those heading for the Devil’s Staircase, a staggering number of steps towards our starting point at the foot of Mount Doom. As Debbie and I had woefully endured before, we were again trapped in a ...
... br> At the top here were also some Red/Amber/Green warning lights: You are entering an active volcano. If the red light is flashing - go back the way you came - NOW.
No way were we going through all that just to go back down - but luckily the lights were green.
From the top of this Red Crater as it's called, we could see some of the Blue lakes and the Emerald lake beneath us. Such a splash of colour in such a barren landscape was just ...
... sich rausstellen sollte zu Recht, denn es sollte ein perfekter Tag werden, mit blauem Himmel und viel Sonne!
Da die Wanderung in eine Richtung geht und man somit nicht dort ankommt wo man losging, machen Shuttlebusse an dem sehr bekannten Wanderweg vermutlich ein Vermögen. Clever wie wir sind (ok, zugegebenermaßen bekamen wir den Tipp von einem Pärchen, welches wir zuvor kennenlerneten) schmiedeten wir den Plan, dass Bobby mich an dem Ausgangspunkt ...
... Blue skies turned to black rainy ones as we drove around Lake Taupo and having seen our first glimpse of snow capped mountains at Tirangu we were driving through a blizzard by the time we reached the National Park visitor centre in Whakapapa village. We left the centre rather despondent having been told the weather forecast was for snow down to 800m tomorrow (Mt ...
... a rich red glare and is quite mystical. At this point we couldn’t resist continuing over the brow down the other side to see the ‘Emerald Lakes’ – these bright turquoise-looking lakes are just stunning, we couldn’t believe our luck with the conditions! We could have completed the crossing, being over half way and the rest being downhill, but we had no way getting from the end point back to our campervan so we had to turn back. We ...
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 Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $248
- Hated it!
- Beatiful and fun
- Super views and location