Tussock Grove Boutique Hotel
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... a hard fall and now my wrist hurts, should have taken those free wrist guards they offered me! Numpty! Just a bruise I think.
I was sooo exhausted at around 3.15pm I headed from the Pinnacle Valley to the bottom, it took me 45 minutes to get to the bottom, and the bottom bit was really slushy snow, I could feel my socks were soaking wet. When I got back I had a lot of water in my boots!
Nice little Apple & Berry Cider at the bottom, and then Andy came ...
... so he was a fountain of info during our hike - not that I fully understood all of the stuff he mentioned. Both guys were full of energy and helped give the whole group a lift during our outing. They both also carried some 50lbs bags with safety supplies, headlamps, tents, radio controls etc - holy smokes. We could actually see for the first 20 minutes of our trek but not much for the next five hours or so. To come to one of the top three hikes in the world and be surrounded by ...
... stunning sunrise glow off of Mt Ruapehu as if on fire welcomed the new day.
An hour into the hike and things started to change dramatically. Volcanic rock and lava formations took on eerie shapes and gone was the colourful heather unable to grow at the altitude we were at or able survive the hot steaming vents that were appearing all around us.
... fascinating story of how these three Gods were vying for the hand of .............? amidst the eruptions etc. we both thought Lake Taupo was the best place seen so far. I say lake but it's 260 sq miles and looks like the sea! We arrived at the Campsite in Ohakune, the pitch isn't the best but the toilets are amazing- I had to take a photo of the solid wood surfaces! We found ...
... proud to say that after a climb of almost 2000 mtrs we both woke up without any aches at all.
If you are up to it I highly recommend this walk when in NZ - not only is it a rewarding challenge but also some fantastic views.