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Apr 18, 2007 - Lake Taupo

After leaving Waitomo on the afternoon of the 17th we made our way to Taupo. Upon entering Taupo we went for a quick walk by Huka Falls, which has the largest volume of water flow in New Zealand. The giant lake at Taupo is actually big enough to fit Singapore in! It was formed from a volcanic eruption around 186 AD. If you stand at one side of the lake holding a piece of string and someone stands the other end, it will go under the water, this is because the lake actually curves with the earth's surface. After being dropped at the hostel...

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Mar 10, 2007 - The Tongariro Crossing

Today we decided to tackle our first real hike. We were in good spirits; the van was running well and we had soaked in all sorts of hot pools of ick so we were both feeling a bit like gumby on valium. So we went to the park transit office to arrange to be picked up after the hike (it is one-way in). Unfortunately, we had just missed the last bus for drop-off. No problem, the guide said, just hike in to the highest point (about 2/3 of the way) and hike back out. It should take around 6 hours. The guide suggested that we take the mountain...

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Feb 22, 2007 - New Zealand - Tongariro Crossing

We had heard about a walk that is apparently one of the most impressive in New Zealand called the Tongariro Crossing, a day walk of between 6-8 hours which traverses spectacular volcanic geography from an active crater to steaming vents with landscapes from alpine scrubs to bare rock to the lush forest at the end. Not that we are avid walkers or anything or even fit but the blurb states that it is a walk for the reasonably fit. Ok we thought we are not that unfit. We decided to take the plunge and booked our return transport to our car for...

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Feb 17, 2007 - Whakapapa, NZ

WHAKAPAPA (TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK) - Thursday 8th February to Friday 9th (Days 104 & 105) Travelling via Lake Taupo we made our way from Napier into the heart of the magnificent Tongariro National Park, staying in a tiny village, Whakapapa. We had booked into one of NZ's most famous hotels, the Grand Chateau Hotel, completely dominated the volcano Mt Ruapehu (see pic). It is the most active of the volcanoes in the area and last erupted in September 1995. On the day we arrived Gill read in the local paper that the eruption of 1995/6 blocked...

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Feb 6, 2007 - Tongario National Park - Tanz auf dem Vulkan

Ein weiterer Hoehepunkt unserer Reise - das Tongario Crossing! Um 5:30 klingelt der Wecker in unserer Huette auf 1200m Hoehe. Der Wind hatte ueber Nacht gedroht das Holzhaus zu loesen, mystisch wehte er zwischen den Schlafkabinen. Als wir aufwachen stuermt es noch immer, so dass wir ueberlegen den Treck ueberhaupt anzutreten! Nach einem kurzen Fruehstueck (Otze alias Haferflocken) mit Kopflampe brechen wir gegen 6h dennoch als einer der ersten auf. Unsicher bewegen wir uns auf den ersten Kilometern in Richtung Krater. Die Wolken ziehen...

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Dec 30, 2006 - Mount Tongariro, Ngauiuhoe and Ruapehu.

We drove to Mount Tongariro National with the intention of walking the Tongariro Cross. A trail that goes part way around the mountain. Unfortunately the weather forecast was for snow at that elevation and we were told not to go. So we drove around the area taking in the scenery and doing some shorter walks at lower altitudes.

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Dec 27, 2006 - Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

NZ is known as a good 'tramping' (English translation; 'trekking') ground, but up until this point we had not really done any serious tramping. The Tongariro National Park was the place to rectify this. The Tongariro Crossing is said by many to be NZ's best one day walk. The guide books say it's a challenging walk taking seven to eight hours covering a distance of 17km, climbing to height of 1,886m. In hindsight this is a fair description. The first part of the walk was on the flat for about an hour. We spent the next hour climbing a very...

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Dec 26, 2006 - Christmas tourists

I had a pretty good night sleep but Mum had troubles as usual. She really does need her chiropractor as I don't think she has gone this long without one for many years. It's taking it's toll so at some stage here we will track a good one down. With no real destination in mind, we headed out of town. A little down the road I remembered that I had promised to return the Lion Park pamphlets and take some more in as well if I could get some. Well we were right at the info spot so pulled in and pocketed a few. We headed back to the motel and he...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Dec 16, 2006 - North Island: Tongariro and Waitomo

Hey everyone, Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah! Yule-licious Yule! I know it's early for most of these seasons greetings, but Laura and I leave for the islands of Fiji, and presumably no internet access, tomorrow, and we probably won't have a chance to post again until after Christmas. So don't worry if you don't hear from us for a week or so--Fiji's coup hasn't turned violent (yet). In any case, back to our adventures. Laura and I only had four days to spend on New Zealand's North Island--Laura is already planning a return trip--so we...

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Nov 17, 2006 - Taupo

Woke up so excited as I knew I'd be doing my skydive today when we reach Taupo - which I've been looking forward to for ages! Not nervous at this stage at all (unlike my bungee) but with this I don't have to make the decision to jump or worry about doing it right, I just let my tandem expert do all the work! So, you can imagine my disappointment when our driver informs us that the weather is going to take a turn for the worse and the skydive company have already said there's no chance of doing it today or tomorrow :-( Also warned that again...

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Nov 16, 2006 - volcanic wonderland

In taupo region been to an amazing bubbling mud pools a geyser which shot water 15ft in the air and sulphur filled lakes which were bright orange and turquiose streams. Its quite overcast but dry. Cycled 20km into taupo soaking in a hot water stream on the way. Group really gelling think it helps that we are all out doing activities so dont have to be couped up together for long. We have just found out that the tongariro crossing will be closed tomorrow and the skydiving is off due to poor weather. so more bike rides for me all good for the...

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Sus' BIG TRIP

Oct 22, 2006 - Tongariro National Park

This magical place right in the centre of North island is made up of 3 snow capped active volcanoes and some magnificent scenery. It is the outdoor activities centre for north island - skiing, walking, rafting, climbing etc etc. When we arrived the sky was blue and the sun was shining on the volcanoes, a memorable sight. However, the weather in this area is unpredictable...... and that we found out is an understated fact. In the morning (Sat 21st) we had intended and had organised that we would walk the Tongariro Crossing , said to be the...

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