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Apr 8, 2017 - Napier to Tongariro, National Park

The day started with making a decision about what to do next. We decided we wanted to do the Tongariro Track in good weather so after checking the forecast, headed here via Lake Taupo which looks like a perfect resort community. The hostel we found here is in the community called National Park and both hostel and community are awesome.

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Dec 9, 2016 - Spectacular Kiwi Rail Video w Classical Audio

About two minutes... Google New Zealand Rail Video Note, the hostess you will see is the one serving on my train. The service crew goes a full 12 hours...a bit overpowering for them, I'm quite sure. (Also, they should add some screaming little kids to make the video more realistic!) Note also the elegant open air "cattle car-like" viewing area at the rear of the train. Awesome! One must really hang on tight, however, to keep from being bucked overboard.... PS I have been asked, "what is a Maori?" Here, most everyone carries a bit of Maori...

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New Zealand 2016

Jan 25, 2014 - Lord of the mountain rings!

Monday was the first day of work, so we headed out at 8 am to try and avoid the oncoming cyclone. It sounds scary, but in fact it is just the after effect, which should just mean quite a bit of rain. Needless to say, it was preferable to do work before this hit! Today we were to be tramping down weeds that had surrounded an area of planting. A few months ago, Doug and his son Hadley, who accompanied us, had planted three types of plant; cabbage plant, flax and manuca (as in the honey), which are native to the area. Although these are strong...

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Fly on the Wall

Nov 9, 2011 - Mount Doom!

Wednesday, Nov. 9th I woke up early to dump trucks driving past and into the lot that I was parked in so I decided to move on. I hung around the nearby town a bit waiting for the Information center to open up at nine, but I decided to make my way to National Park instead. When I got there I started planning for rides to and from the Tongariro Crossing which was recommended to me by some people I had met previously on the trip. When I got to the hostel I would stay for the night, I was recommended to do the crossing today because of the...

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Jan 18, 2009 - On the road again, north to Lake Taupo

Everything happens for a reason, and certainly this was the case in Wellington. I had now been told R&R was in order by a Dr, several friends, and my own body. Taking all of that into consideration (hahaha), I was delighted to see there happened to be the New Zealand conference for folks who suffered from addictions, similar to myself. Imagine was this a set up, I wondered? After all, a few of you had been conspiring with the best on intentions to slow me down, so my slipped disc had a chance to heal. But like an ox in a china shop, I...

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May 11, 2005 - The Gesyer Eruption and our Maori experience

Then next day we woke quite early and made it about 30 km out of town to the main thermal area, in time to see the Geyser eruption at 10.15. I posted some photos but also managed to catch to in a small video clip on my camera. (To put it in simple terms it's like a really small volcano, but instead of laver it is natural thermal water bubbling under the surface of the earth at about 200 degrees that erupts out of these mounds with wholes out of the earth!) The eruption lasted about 45 minutes and at it's tallest while we were there was...

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