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Sep 10, 2017 - Stay flexible!!

Stay flexible is definitely the motto for touring New Zealand! Our plan today was to drive down to Turangi, by way of the the Tongariro National Park, where we intended to to do a couple of walks. Well, it rained heavily all night (caves may have been closed again today...) and more was promised for the day. As a wet weather alternative, we considered going on the Volcano loop, a scenic driving tour around the National Park. As the town of Whakapapa was both where we would begin our planned walk and close to the Volcano Loop, we decided to...

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Aug 22, 2017 - Snowboarding!

This weekend I achieved one of the dreams I had before coming to New Zealand and I went snowboarding on the Whakapapa snow fields on Mount Ruapehu and it was INCREDIBLE! I loved every minute of it, including the multiple falls (a particularly spectacular one was when I was getting onto to the "magic carpet" ski lift and the whole thing had to be stopped whilst I regained my balance), the mulled wine apres ski and the incredible views. The slopes were really busy but I still managed to get a few good runs in after my lesson.....well good for...

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Nov 29, 2016 - Turangi 2

The second week we stayed at Kaimanawa Lodge where we had stayed last year. It is in a lovely spot on the outside of town and the weather was completely different. It was the second hottest November day yesterday ever recorded I think (33.4 degrees C)! We spent time at Lake Taupo ..watching the bunjee jumping (tempted for all of two seconds!!), Huka Falls was magnificent whilst in full flow due to lots of recent rain. Quick visit to the Arratiatia Rapids where the gates of a dam are opened for 15 minutes 4 times a day and floods the gorge...

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Nov 29, 2016 - Turangi 1

We had a really easy journey into Auckland on the ferry from Devonport and picked up the car and on our way to Turangi. As always traffic out of Auckland was a nightmare. Of the 4 million people that live in New Zealand, 1 million live / work near Auckland..and there aren't a lot of roads! It took about 4 hours plus a few stops to get to Turangi. Turangi is right in the middle of North Island - a perfect spot to stay with lots to do in the area, just half an hour to Lake Taupo and an hour and a half to Rotorua - two of our favourite places...

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Dec 13, 2015 - Gone Fishing

The day after the Tongariro hike we went to the National Trout Center. The Tongariro River is known as one of the best fly fishing locations in the world. It also is a site where you might see one of the most rare ducks in the world; the Blue Duck. We had seen ONE in the South Island, but walking along the river in the rain after touring the center we saw two adults and their three ducklings; getting swimming lessons ! The Center Manager was amazed when we told him of our sighting, and when Lidia reported it on eBird they were also...

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Dec 12, 2015 - The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Up at 06:00 for taxi bus at 06:30 to start hiking at 07:00. Early start was suggested so as to be out in front of the bus loads who'd arrive from 08:00 to 09:00. We packed bare essentials to minimize weight : Dried fruit & nuts, water and a couple pieces of fresh fruit, AND various clothing layers. Started in low land forest in the fog; temp was cool but we warmed up quickly once walking at a good pace; off comes outer jacket. And the uphill starts while we're still in the fog, though there are occasional glimpses of blue sky above....

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Feb 27, 2014 - Tongariro Alpine Crossing: New Zealand's Best One Day Hike (19.4 km)

This walk takes place in the Tongariro National park. It's the oldest national park in New Zealand and the 4th national park established in the world. This National Park is the first ever to be created by a gift of the indigenous people. In 1887, Te HeuHeu Tukino IV (Horonuku), Chief of the local Maori tribe Ngati Tuwharetoa, handed over 2630ha of the central volcano area to the New Zealand governement, including the summits of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. These Three mountains are all active volcanoes. These volcanoes lie along the...

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Nov 12, 2012 - Day 9 - Turangi to Feilding - Search for Blue Duck

Today was devoted to searching for the Blue Duck. Found only in New Zealand, the population is estimated to be 1,200. Loss of habitat and mammal predators have been the causes for their decline. We searched several sites where they have been see in the past and were only able to see one at two sites.

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Nov 11, 2012 - Day 8 Taupo to Turangi - Boundary Stream Mainland Island Reserve

This morning we headed east to a forested area, between Taupo and Napier. Located on the top of a mountain, the Boundary Spring Mainland Island is an intensively managed site where predator animals are controlled through fencing, trapping and poison. We enjoyed a leisurely walk through the forest. Many birds are reintroduced to the New Zealand forests, through Boundary Spring. While there, they are able to flourish in their protected habitat. Boundary Spring was truly as magical place!

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Feb 6, 2012 - Første nationalparks besøg!

Lige hurtig lille update igen! Vi har nu boet par dage i Turangi – en lille centralt beliggende by, hvor vi desværre ser os nødsaget til at bo, da vi er afhængige af busser for at komme videre til Wellington, og den flinke dame på Turangi I-site, forklarede os af det ville være billigst og nemmest at blive boende her i byen. Vi adlød, og måtte derfor acceptere at vores færden i nationalparken forblev på dagsture. I går, søndag d. 5, gik turen så indtil nationalparken, hvor vi havde udset os at gå hvad der kaldes for NZ’s bedste dagstrek,...

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Mar 30, 2010 - Tongariro Circuit

erug van het Northern Circuit van Tongariro. Het circuit in omgekeerde richting gedaan omdat de weersvoorspelling voor zondag niet echt goed was met wolken tot op 1500m en wat regen vanaf de middag. Dus om een uur of 10 begonnen aan het eerste deel en in principe is dit een tocht van 5 uur, maar zelfs met wat sidetracks na 4 uur in de eerste hut aangekomen samen met een zwitsers koppel dat achter in de vijftig was maar volledig afgetraind. Onze natte klederen te drogen gehangen, we hadden ongeveer een uurtje lichte regen gehad en daarna wat...

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Sep 12, 2009 - Día 10: Napier - Turangi

Como todos los días, amanecemos muy tempranito, desayunamos nuestras tostadas, zumito de naranja, cereales... (sí, tenemos tostador y todo en la frago!) y nos ponemos en marcha. Yo estoy un poco molido, porque anoche estuvieron de BOTELLONA, sí, es verdad, unos chavales en la playita y me dieron un poco el coñazo. Además, hacen hogueras también al caer la noche con lo que encuentran en la playa (parecen un poco gitanos los napierenses estos). Hoy nos disponemos a hacer una rutita por la ciudad para ver los principales edificios en estilo...

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