The Geothermal Highway

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March 25th 2011
Published: April 4th 2011
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Our first week on the North Island began with of a lot of driving and a lot of rain (hence the driving). After arriving in Wellington on the ferry we made a bee-line for Napier where we planned to spend a few days wine tasting and such. The rain forced us out of our tent and into a nice motel upgrade where we could dry out. We missed a lot of the scenic spots in the area due to the weather, but on the plus side wine tasting is an all-weather activity!

We then headed towards Lake Taupo as that seemed to be a popular place to go, but it wasn't really our cup of tea since it seemed to be all about the adrenaline activities (sky diving, etc). We focused our time on what they call the Thermal Explorer Highway and visited a couple of awesome geothermal sites between Taupo and Rotorua. It's completely different than the other stuff we've seen along the way so it was quite refreshing and really illustrated the difference in geology between the South and North Islands. Also, we managed to find some sun for a day before it got rainy again. In Rotorua, we again upgraded from our tent for some much needed R&R. Needless to say, the North Island has been stretching the budget a bit.

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5th April 2011

Great psychedelic photos!
5th April 2011
Orakei Korako 4

Fabulous photo;-) Must have been evern better live...

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