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Awesome clouds over the lower Emerald Lake  

Awesome clouds over the lower Emerald Lake

The New Year that I missed - trekking another fantastic Great Walk (Tongariro Northern Circuit, North Island, New Zealand)

January 5th 2010
(Day 641 on the road) After the Lake Waikaremoana hike, my plan was to spend a few days in the city of Taupo and the lake of the same name, before hiking the four day Tongariro Northern Circuit, another one of New Zealand's Great Walks. Driving over to Taupo, I hit the button "Tourist Attractions nearby" on my invaluable GPS. The very first entry was "Napier Ocean Spa". Perfect! Less than an hour ... read more
Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Tongariro National Park

New Zealand Flag The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
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