Powderhorn Chateau Mount Ruapehu
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- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
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... 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 ...
... travelling among hardy wind-blown vegetation. The volcanoes loomed on our right side and the mist slowly drifted towards us. It started raining as we passed through Waiouru. Heading east the scenery changed again. There were forest plantations and, surprisingly, pastureland again. We arrived at Ohakune five hours after we had set off from Rotorua. Normally it's a 3 hour trip, but we didn't mind taking our time to enjoy a few stops along the ...
... to wait for the alarm! Unable to get back to sleep Paulie sat in the front seat with the heating on waiting for the alarm to sound for his wife when he realised that he hadn't changed the time on his watch so it was in fact only 3.30am! So back he came to get some more sleep but 5.30am soon came around and it was time for us to rise and drive in the dark half asleep to the car park.
We were ...
... for information and we felt quite ready for the challenge.
The walk is 19.4 km (12 miles) over mixed terrain with climbing and decents. It is usual for people to park their vehicles in the car park @ the finish of the walk and take an expensive shuttle (30$ NZ for a 15 km journey) to the starting point. We decided to be different and start @ the end point, walk to the halfway point and walk ...
... me out. Picnic spot was the most stunning yet. Finally rolled into the car park after 6.30 hours which was better than some and first for our bus.
A much needed half hour in the hot tub followed by a much needed excellent dinner at The Station (and surprise surprise trains too). Even better I was presented with free wine as our table was booked through our motel - result.