Tongariro River Motel
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- Microwave in room
- Non-smoking rooms
- Laundry facilities (self serve)
- Non-smoking hotel
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
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... through woodland and over streams but by now any thoughts of enjoying the scenery are long gone as I walk like a man possessed, desperate to get to the end as my legs burn with tiredness. The final stretch seems to go on forever until finally we round the corner and the tin roofed information board comes into view and we had completed the much celebrated crossing. BBQ and beer awaited us back at the campsite. A video of the crossing can be found here: http://youtu.be/wWT4l_OIISA ...
... and dark tunnel.
I finished the trail and waited for Timo. When he arrived he said that he had been told by other riders that Martin was waiting for us in the nearby village of Onparue. We cycled on to the village and found an exhausted Martin. Young Martin must have passed Timo and I on the trail while Timo was on a short side track and I was walking to the summit of Mt Pureora. So when he didn't find us at the campsite, ...
... the walk took us just under 7 hours! We were determined to get it under 7 hours :) We got the shuttle back to the lodge and checked in. Doug's ankle had swollen again so he rested it while we put a wash on. At about 5 we left to a pub nearby and had lots of fried food! (Our reward for the walk today) we made our way back and now vegging in our room before Australian masterchef :) I may fall asleep pretty early tonight though! Wellington tomorrow woop ...
... trout levels had exploded and no new stock was needed. Turns out the hatchery doesn't have very good hours so we only got there a half hour before it closed. We still got to see the center and see a pond full of trout but not much else.
After our less than thrilling hatchery visit we stayed close to base and drove to some scenic lookouts that weren't too far away. Iti came too! It's surprising how big lake Taupo is ...
... today the weather can probably get quite harsh up here. We reach a waterfalls. The falls are called Taranaki Falls. I assume because they lead off in the direction of the Taranaki Volcano, which we can see in the distance despite the fact that it must be 60 miles or more away.
We keep walking, the terrain getting increasingly rocky. There are a few streams to be crossed, using boulders in the water, trying not to get too wet! The water is glacier melt so will be freezing ...