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Nov 8, 2018 - Whakapapa, Tongariro NP

Tongariro National Park Nov 8th. Whakapapa (1160M) Wind Chill 6-11°C, Rain, windy. Red Crater (1780M) Wind Chill 0-2°C, Rain, Gales. Rain, rain, mist and rain in Whakapapa. Gales, rain and low temps in exposed areas of the mountains. Not a pleasant day to walk the Tongariro Crossing. Only for the intrepid, very fit hikers not looking for the mountain views. Breakfast in the warm Ruapehu room of the Chateau Tongariro is some compensation. Large picture windows display the rainy landscape whilst enjoying a substantial buffet breakfast. The...

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Nov 7, 2018 - The Forgotten World Hwy

Taranaki region 7th Nov 16-21°C, Cloudy, occasional sun. Left New Plymouth at about 7:30 am, fueled up at Stratford, start of hwy 43, 'The Forgotten World Highway'. Good views of this stunning, severely crinkled landscape from Strathmore Saddle, 23km from Stratford. Past some roadworks on a twisty bit, optimistic sign states 100kph limit just before the next set of 35kph hairpins. About 43 km from Stratford a sign decares "Welcome to the Republic of Whangamomona". A kilometre or two further on brings you to Whangamomona township. Once a...

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Jul 27, 2016 - Mount Ruapehu

We had a fantastic day at Whakapapa. We were so lucky with the weather and the views were brilliant. Uncle Phill took charge of the skiers and snow boarders and they didn't stop all day! The grandparents and I provided back up support, food and sunscreen while drinking coffee in the sun.

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Trip Journal

Our Year Out

Mar 11, 2013 - March 11, 2013

March 11 After breakfast, we left Chris and Laurie on their way to Weta Cave and we started our trek north. We headed up Highway 1 with our original intention to stay on it through to Cambridge where Alison Flett lives ( our friend Jim in Edmonton's sister. But we changed the plans along the way. Our first stop was at Otaki where there was a preponderance of outlet stores. I found a Merino wool something for Clair as well as a couple of necklaces for the girls and Chris got Merino wool long johns. I have avoided "Icebreaker" brand because...

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Sep 27, 2012 - Whakapapa

Hi hi, hier ein weiterer Reisebericht: Tag 4: Auckland - Hahei (Coromandel) Von Auckland geht es nun Richtung Südosten durch das Landwirtschaftsgebiet Waikato ins Coromandel-Gebiet. Wir wandern der Küste entlang zum atemberaubenden Strand von Cathedral Cove (beliebtes Motiv auf unzähligen NZ-Werbeplakaten auf der ganzen Welt!) und graben uns dann unser eigenes Heißwasserpool am Hot Water Beach (nur bei Ebbe möglich). Die Nacht verbringen wir auf unserem privaten Zeltplatz am Strand und genießen ein gemeinsames BBQ-Dinner. Übernachtung in...

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Nov 26, 2008 - Ohakune - Whakapapa

32 miles Well we finally made it out of Ohakune. Actually the weather has been kind to us. We had no rain until we'd finished putting up the tent this afternoon. The sky was quite blue this morning, with only a little high cloud. The cloud built up as the day went on, with big, dark ones for the last hour or so of the ride, but no rain. Amazingly hardly any wind either. It got a bit strong in places, but nothing like what we've had, or what was forecast. The last 3 miles the road actually turned south, and I think the wind was behind us,...

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Aug 12, 2008 - Chillen... De hele dag door.

Vandaag werden we wakker in National Park, ja, het dorpje heet National Park. Ik vond het ook al een maffe naam. Nouja, vanuit daar zou je eigenlijk 'Mount Doom' (uit 'The Lord Of The Ring') moeten kunnen zien, maar omdat de wolken heel laag hingen, konden we helaas niks meer zien. We waren van plan om even een wandeling te gaan maken de halve dag, want ik (maaike) heb wandelschoenen gekregen, nu ben ik dus wat beter af om te gaan wandelen. We hadden de wekker al wat later gezet omdat we van plan waren 2 dagen te blijven maar toen die om...

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May 11, 2008 - Ohakune to Tongariro Crossing North Island 21st to 24th April 2008.

Sylvia’s comments Our trip to Whakapapa Village took us along SH 45 to SH 4 as far as National Park Village. It was a wet trip as the rain was steadily falling and with the low mist we did not get many views. At National Park village we turned onto SH 47 and drove the short distance to the turn off on to SH 48 and into the Tongariro National Park. As we approached the park the majestic Chateau Tongariro hotel came into view. It reminded me of photographs that I have seen of the big hotel in the Canadian resort of Whistlers. First opened in...

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Feb 7, 2008 - Mt Ruapehu

We are staying in Château Tongariro which is a hotel at the base of Mt. Ruapehu. It's really nice with great views but there are no shops or ATMs around! Thankfully the hotel prices are not too bad. We were feeling quite tired after the first few days of the trip and the change from about 2 and a half months of near 40 degree minimum! We decided that walking the Tongariro Crossing was not for us as it would be at least 7 hours of walking and we didn't really have the right gear in case of a weather change. Instead we decided to take a...

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