Taranaki, the Forgotten World Highway, Tongariro and the relative merits of long drop toilets

We had come to Turangi with the sole purpose of undertaking the Tongariro Crossing and so, when our crossing was cancelled the night before due to gale force winds, we rearranged our schedule to come back in a couple of days when the weather looked more favourable. Instead we headed south the following morning through … Continue reading Taranaki, the Forgotten World Highway, Tongariro and the relative merits of long drop toilets

Soaking up the scenery in Te Urewera and Christmas in Taupo

After leaving Rotorua we had our first, and to this day, only, bad experience whilst camping. We had pitched up at a free campsite at Lake Aniwhenua and, as it was December 23rd, the site was extremely popular with Christmas campers. The spot was beautiful and we had enjoyed a stroll along the lake, and … Continue reading Soaking up the scenery in Te Urewera and Christmas in Taupo

Stunning Karangahake Gorge, a family reunion and some truly ridiculous looking birds – The Coromandel to Rotorua

James’s uncle, aunt and cousin happened to be in New Zealand visiting their daughter/sister and her partner and we had instantly, and gratefully, taken them up on their kind offer of going to stay for a few days to catch up. This meant that for two glorious nights we had a bed to sleep in, … Continue reading Stunning Karangahake Gorge, a family reunion and some truly ridiculous looking birds – The Coromandel to Rotorua

Climbing yet another hill, rocking neoprene with the glowworms and an impromptu swim – Mt Maungatautari to New Chums Beach

Mt Maungatautari is a volcano which has been enclosed by a 47km pest proof fence, creating Maungatautari Ecological Island. The aim is to eradicate invasive predators and promote native species. The tramp to the summit sounded like exactly the type of thing we should do. The peak was covered in cloud as we started our … Continue reading Climbing yet another hill, rocking neoprene with the glowworms and an impromptu swim – Mt Maungatautari to New Chums Beach