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... Mauao, but is colloquially known in New Zealand simply as The Mount. It is 232 metres (761 ft) in height and today we are to climb it as a team. After a few bit of sweat and grunting most of the team make it to the summit where wonderful 360 degree views reward our efforts. A team photo (only about the 500th on tour so far) is taken and Paul Cullen has prepared a sheet with lyrics on it and as he captures the moment on his digi-cam ...
We didn't rush on Sunday morning. Sunday mornings are not for rushing. Jan made scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast and then finally the intrepid 6 were all ready to head off to Bethlehem Sunday market.
The weather had been threatening but stalwarts we were and off we went 200 yards down the road !! Lol. Their market is about 4 times as big as Urmston market with the usual stalls and the unusual. The plants that can be grown over here are very diverse ...
Welcome to Middle Earth
and to the shires where Hobbiton sits nestled between the rolling hills hidden from the outside world.
That was a WOW? how much to get in? type of WOW.
$75 each or £38.
This had better be good....!
We were shepherded onto a green bus where an over zealous driver told us all about how the farm started and how the location came to be used. Rather ...
... the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, a 2 hour walk following a boiling stream again giving us quite a show down this beautiful valley, going past a volcanic crater with a beautiful azur blue pool. I was surprised that downstream, birds were wading in it, although an unlucky baby wild pig came a cropper and was gently cooking in it! At the end was a bird sanctuary which was wonderful to see and we would have like to spend more time there but we ...
... sulphur but it was nothing to Blackall & Winton although some people complained. We walked through the spray of the geyser to cross the bridge and the water which came out boiling had cooled as it fell.
From there we went to see the mud pools. Rob said if you fell in it would suck you down slowly and burn you as you drowned. He said the mud was used for good complexion and his grandmother who died just short of her 100th birthday bathed in the thermal pools and ...