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Published: September 16th 2008
Tuesday 16th September
This was to be a day of rest! After a couple of loads of washing, an hour or so of Judy dusting and vacuum cleaning we were on the road again. This time our objective was to climb Mt Maunganui, an extinct volcano near Tauranga.
Last week when we were there it was covered in haze as was the surrounding countryside. Today was the perfect day with hardly a cloud in the sky, no wind and the temperature in the low 20s.
We set off on the ocean side of the mountain, up steps from the beach. We passed through green paddocks with many sheep in them. Rags had difficulty getting the sheep into a photo, they seemed very nervous of humans!!! After explaining he was an Australian they paused long enough for him to take a couple.
The climb up wasn't too bad, our fitness is returning. Our self-esteem wasn't helped by having a few young ladies run past us on their lunchtime break.
The views on the way up and from the top were unbelievable, beautiful beaches, surf, green fields and a neatly set out city below making for postcard-like pictures.
Thank goodness Judy has an 8GB card in the camera she was using, she never seemed to stop shooting. (or was that just a ploy to rest more often on the way?)
Lunch at the summit followed before making our way down via the 4WD access track. A wander through town followed, and then a visit to the supermarket for supplies before the drive home. Another great day was had.
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