The Pillars Retreat
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
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... the starting point. Once you arrive, it's an hours "easy walk" over flat terrain, followed by another hours "hard ascent" up what is known as the Devils staircase. There were parts where I was going so slow I thought I might start going backwards! After that we had another small flat walk where you reach the summit of Mount Doom, which you can choose to climb if you wish, which I didn't! As the name suggests, it's a seriously hard, steep climb ...
... add to the scale of this moment... I rounded a bend and saw a big red pick-up truck coming the other way... One glance at the driver and I knew who I was looking at. I flung a sketchy northern u-turn at the nearest opportunity and flew back to where I'd seen the truck park up. A man got out of the truck. He removed his sunglasses, and I did mine. Standing in front of me was all of the answers to all of the biggest mysteries I have ever wondered about in my ...
... free spirits that are always laughing but thanks to the skydive, they are also the record holders of my most hugs an kisses in an hour award. Maybe we should have recorded it...it may even be a world record. Our day started with the nice surprise that we would be picked up in a limousine to be taken to the drop site. A nice touch that the last time I may be in a car was going to be in a stretched limousine. This of course lead to the girls reaching a level of excitement ...
... van wanting to lurch this way and that. With no towns between Napier and Taupo, we just kept on going, but that instrument cluster problem happened again a few times. At one point some warning lights came on - battery, engine and some odd looking thing that the manual told us was a brake assist system. So when we got into mobile phone range we rang the car company and they booked us into a mechanic in Taupo.
Now Taupo seems to be pronounced several ways by ...
... it absolutely ****** down with rain, but it was so much fun. We sailed Lake Taupo, with about 10 or so people. We saw Maori carvings in the side of the hill. This was the first time I haven't been sea sick on a boat (and it was extremely rough)! So proud of myself. Turning into a hiking, boating, nature, queen. Okay, not really, but...it's a start! I will upload pictures onto here later- the internet is very slow and the keys aren't properly working either so it's a bit frustrating.