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Day 5 December, 2011. Today we leave Tongariro NP to go to Wellington. It rained all day and night yesterday and it is still raining today. Yesterday we were able to see most of Mount Ruapehu but it is blocked by cloud today. Mt Ruapehue is an active volcano and the highest of the 3 mountains in Tongariro NP. People come here during winter to ski. …
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We only had a couple of days in wellington so we took a wander around the city and the harbour where we decided to hire a trike for a while in which we both cycled (Dave mostly,lol). This was a good laugh and we took it a good way which would have taken ages to walk. Going past a beautiful beach which is in the city/harbour yet is still very ...
We spent yesterday and today exploring the city of Wellington - another beautiful city built on hills surrounding the harbor and many bays. Yesterday we toured by coach in the morning - taking the cable car to the top of one of the hills from downtown to the Botanical Gardens at the top. We then visited Weta Cave, part of the large movie industry here in Wellington, where they create all the creatures and animation for movies like Lord of the Rings, The ...
... was very remote and known for one main reason, its grade 5 white water river rafting - and yes we did do it! It was one of the scariest, most exciting and exhilarating things I have ever done. But I'm not sure I would do it again. After a ropey start and constantly being shouted at by our guide to get our technique right we eventually got into the swing of riding the fast flowing rapids. We did however get jammed between a couple of rocks after attempting to ride ...
... and on the road again after six months... And no decent train network in New Zealand, so it was back to buses. A meagre eight hour journey this time, from Rotorua to Wellington. The journey was smooth, although there wasn't much legroom and Rosie banished me to a spare seat so she could spread out.
Wellington was very wet and windy, but had a very pleasant vibe to it. It was strange ...
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