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May 4, 2008 - Mokau to Taumarunui Northern Island 17 to 18 April 2008

Jeff I awoke this morning feeling a little older after yesterday’s birthday; not that I mind. Statistics show that those who have the most birthdays live longest. Now I have just turned 26. Next year, when I inform I have turned 36 it might be more plausible. Today will be spent travelling to Taumarunui where we hope we will be able to take a short train journey which will include the Raurimu Spiral. Our route is north along SH3 for a further 42 miles and then south down SH4 for 44 miles. We set off with nothing to do but drive along...

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May 26, 2007 - Mt Tongariro National Park

The road continued around the lakes taking us to Tongariro National Park which is home to three volcanic mountains, some of which are still active or dormant. It has plenty of mountain walks for the summer and is a ski resort in the winter. After doing some research, we had decided to do the Tongariro crossing which is a 7-8 hour walk and which takes through several craters and passes the lake. We got up early for this but were told that it wasn't operating due to 100km winds on the mountain. As There were plenty of other walks, we decided...

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Sep 17, 2006 - Taupo

I loved Taupo, really lovely place surrounded by amazing scenery. Loads of stuff to do like throw yourself out of a plane, throw yourself off a cliff or various things in between. Sky diving was absolutely amazing, never experienced anything like that before and to do it with some very cool friends, that I had met in Oz, made it even more amazing. :0) The sensation of flying as you freefall from 12,000 feet for 45 seconds was unbelievable, although the initial feeling of jumping out of a perfectly good plane is not that pleasant. - I so...

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Andy's Travels 2006

Dec 9, 2005 - Taupo - Rapids Jet boat, Moon walk and Huka falls & Beer

We arrived early in Taupo dropped our stuff at the hostel, and headed out for an adrenalin rush on the Rapids Jet boat, which can manage to go up as well as down the rapids of the Waikato River. We have video evidence of this to show you back home, but for now you will just have to believe that this thing did several 360 turns (donuts!) and we were airbourne on several occasions. (Hils managed to get winded after the 1st 360 but recovered to enjoy the rest of the ride). After all this excitement we headed back to the town via the Huka falls...

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Apr 25, 2005 - Tongariro National Park

Left Wellington by bus at 11 am to get to the Tongariro National Park - established in 1887, NZ's first national park. The name Tongariro originally covered the three mountains of the park - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. With its mighty, active volcanoes, Tongariro is one of NZ's most spectacular parks, recently playing the role of 'Mordor' in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. I wanted to do the Tongariro Crossing, a one-day walk (6 - 7 hours) which covers the most spectacular features of the Circuit. The weather was terrible...

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Apr 17, 2005 - Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo can fit in the whole of Singapore and still have room to row around the edges - pretty cool statistic! The lake is actually an active volcano apparently, with the water filling the crater part of it, and is huge. The town is based on the edge of the lake and there isn't much to do in the actual town, so they make up for it by offering all types of extreme sports (see Stu's Sky Dive section), and by acting as a base for walkers (or trampers as they're called out here) planning on walking in the Tongariro National Park. We decided...

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