Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge
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- Hot tub
- Breakfast Available
- Refrigerator in room
- Non-smoking hotel
- Microwave in room
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... mountain to help us ascend. Once we got to the top of red crater, there was actually no snow! It's volcanic, and sulfur steam is continuously being released, melting all the snow on top--it's weird being on the top of a mountain that's radiating heat (and a little smelly). This was the highest point: 6,188 feet. On the way back down, we passed the Emerald and Blue lakes (frozen over, but I could kind of make them out...), and the Katetahi Hot Springs (which ...
... morning mist started to lift and we were rewarded with our first up close view of Mt Ngauruhoe, and she was beautiful! Never has a volcano looked more perfect, with her red coloured crater rock flowing over the edge and down the side which could have been mistaken for actual lava!
We thankfully then hit a flat area known as 'Moonscape' giving our legs some respite and a chance to take in this ...
... clad and ready to go, it wasn’t even 6am yet! The forecast had predicted a cloudy morning which was scheduled to lift by the afternoon. Hence why we had decided not to join the crazies at el crack. However, it wasn’t until I looked out the window that I realised why there were so many people raring to go. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, Ngauruhoe for the first time since we arrived was clearly in view from the kitchen window. I was so lethargic and groggy I ...
... We stopped and had a snack near a memorial to the Polish refugee children that were evacuated to Pahiatua during WW2. Its shadow at midday represents a mother holding a child but we couldn't see that because of the weather.
We also spotted the Tui factory ....not very PC ...a large photo of a semi-naked "Tui Girl" at every window.
Masterton, Carterton and Greytown passed and at Featherstone we headed ...
... Mt Ruapehu, then Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro. All have snow on the top. Only Mr Ruapehu has a glacier. The train took us through the Raurimu Spiral which has been engineered around a volcano and a river. The train was really comfortable for 12 hours. We arrived at Auckland at 6.30pm. Auckland looks completely different to anywhere else in New Zealand. It looks modern and has lots of high end shops. This seems like the capital. Not sure why it isn't. We ...