New (or rather old) Plymouth

Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 26, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Arrived in New Plymouth on Monday afternoon after a very scenic seaside drive from Whakapapa. Has to stop a few Ks short of New Plymouth as my tummy was feeling a bit dodgy! But after the rest I was ok. Turned up at a 'top 10' holiday park and stayed in a cabin for 3 days. 
 Nice place except for the bugs which I must say put up a gallant fight before I ejected them from my abode & bed one way or another....
On arrival I drove to the town centre which is not very modern, rather 70s/80s feel but the few beers in a bar made me feel at home. I walked the rather lovely coastal walk watching all the kids & Chinese mussel collecting among the amazing lava rocks filling the beach. Very good walk that one!
On Easter Monday I was meant to go up Mount Taranaki (Egmont) however, my sat nav took me all around to the south side after an hour and couldnt find the carpark/visitor centre I needed, so I gave that up & went to Dawson Falls on the South side of the mountain, which was great but not much rain so couldda been better!
On Tueday (today), I at last went up Taranaki and OMFG!!! with the air so thin & hot & the first 1.5 hours a continual steep climb to the first lodge I was in trouble man!! I had to stop every couple of metres to catch my breath & rest my weary legs! My god that was a much tougher climb for me than even tongariro which at least had leg resting plateauxs! That being said, the descent was easier but still hazardous in places. After 5 hours I ended up with a very nice ham, cheese & onion omlette in the visitor centre cafe ($10!!!)
I was soo bloody dead from the toes up I slept for 2 hours then showered & did my laundry - my clothes were soaking with sweat!! Man that was a tough day!
Tomorrow it onwards to Wanganu

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Marie on

You are going to be so fit when you get back!!

clivehugh125 on

......or dead!

marioz on

Hi Clive, hope you are enjoying your travels. Looking forward to following your continued adventures. How is the tent working out for you? I guess you have spent some nights in it now. Make sure you keep warm, and wear a vest. Cheers Peter

Sheri Kurowski on

I love reading about your adventures xxxx

clivehugh125 on

Hi Sheri, thanks! Im in Wanganui for 3 days & will be blogging from here very soon - stayed tuned! x

Annette on

Hope you are having heaps of fun and take LOTS of pics.... Keep warm and wear a vest - like Peter said !!

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