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,
Welcome to our travelblog page. We initally called ourselves "AfricaBound" because we spent a year traveling around Africa from August 2007 to August 2008. At that time, little did we even think that we could go on another extended trip. Somehow through much perseverance and determination we were able to save up for yet another extended trip, this time as sort of a honeymoon. Our current itinerary has us traveling from July 2010 until December 2011 through Central Asia, China, New Zealand, Australia and then back up to SE Asia, Nepal, India and then finally Japan.
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