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... walked to a nearby volcano, which resembled more of a grass-covered crater than what I typically picture a volcano to look like. As expected, New Zealand has endless amounts of green hillsides, but since I was in a relatively big city I had only seen more of a concrete landscape. Now that I've been traveling across the north island, the volcanoes and hills remind me of what the teletubbies scamper across...not sure when I watched that show but apparently I did. ...
... outside fire running so we spent the evening relaxing around the fire, and attempting to throw axes towards a target. Needless to say, some of the boys got very macho and then decided that they would chop up a hunk of wood for the fire. It was a little worrying to watch as their technique left a lot to be desired. Despite these festivities, we all actually had a pretty early night as we were to be up very early the next morning to attempt the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
... saw the helicopter come on to the pass.
We then passed Te Maari Eruption Site, an area off limits to walkers since 2012 due to multiple eruptions. There was burning ash clouds evident, and it is such a serious ongoing risk that the Maori people have decreed a Rahui (protective restriction) to protect and respect the mountain, and for human safety.
The three hour descent was incredibly challenging (particularly on Sarah's knees) but we set a good pace, making ...
... great timing, as it allowed us to all descend the trail together and board the same bus to head back to the hotel.
We enjoyed spending some time next to Emerald Lake together, and even though there is no swimming allowed, had to test the water temperature (it is cold, no volcanic heat to get the water warmer…), and really enjoyed taking photos of the stunning views and interesting volcanic activity so close to us, as ...
... who all looked like unkempt hipsters playing a trumpet for hours. And hours. And hours. And tents dear reader aren’t exactly soundproof…
I was awoken the next morning by Debbie shaking me violently: ‘Suzi! Suzi! It’s 5:45am, I didn’t set the alarm on my phone properly.’
I had been supposed to be getting up at 5am for our shuttle leaving at 6am and had left my own phone charging in the hostel. ...
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