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... which was about 150 kilometres away from us. Also met a lot of people from all around the world. Really amazing how a single hiking trek can bring so much people together. :) Today we are going to Wellington! Looking forward to a great time there... ...
... We met Gill and Mike in Australia a couple of years ago when we were all travelling in vans. They were kind enough to ask us to stay in Wellington and we had a wonderful three days. The day in the city was unforgettable; we started in the museum – Te Papa – looking at the Maori and European history and the grande finale was visiting the New Zealand Parliament; including sitting in on a debate on changing the NZ flag. We went into the ...
... was around lunch time and the heat while we walked towards Red Crater was overwhelming. Mattijs and I were slowly fading, particularly on the ascent up the ridge towards Emerald Lakes. Had we just done the Tongariro Crossing like everyone else, this wouldn’t have been particularly challenging, but with each step uphill, our legs felt like lead. One American lady who was similarly out of breath half way up asked me, ‘did you fall?’ pointed to my holey and muddy ...
This morning our first stop was Wai-O-Tapu, a large area of geothermal activity resulting in some amazing scenery and impressive colours - a thermal wonderland as per their advertising.
We aimed to arrive before the 10.15 eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser (they put in a little something to encourage it at the allotted time, but otherwise we're assured it's the real deal), so after a cursory circuit of part of the park we drove to the ...
... and a much larger mountain just behind. We hiked round to a slightly smaller summit on the other side of the crater and the clouds had cleared to give us a good view of the other mountain along with the valley and some lakes. It was stunning. The route down was a lot easier, but no less dangerous. You had to mountain surf by leaning back and with each step digging your heel into the soft ground then just let it slide you down a few inches each time. Our shoes filled ...
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