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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 26th 2005

As we drove into Taupo just before 4pm, the gathering clouds were looking like they might spoil the party. I'd put my name down for a Skydive with Skydive Taupo, but with the weather worsening by the minute it was likely that we wouldn't be able to jump, and the afternoon was our only option as we were due to leave Taupo early the next day. At this point Lin was still sticking to her story that "there's no way she'd be jumping from a perfectly good plane!" (We'll see!). Our bus driver Woz phoned up the dive centre and they confirmed that no jumps would take place that day, but as we had 12 people wanting to jump, we got Woz to talk the guy into putting on an extra plane early the following day. ... read more
J's Skydive ii
J's Skydive iii
Tongariro Crossing

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 25th 2005

Wow, has it been too long. We have had many things happen to us since hobbiton. We have been busy and I will try to remember as much as I can. (head over to dans site for pics ). From hobbiton we were off to Rotorua. This is basically a tourist paradise. We werent your average tourists though. We didnt have the money to go on the crazy jet boating or the thermal spas. Which by the way smells like ass. Its always nice to walk down the street and and get the smell of rotton eggs. We only stayed the night and were off to Taupo. Its a really nice city and we did spend two nights here. We usually spend more than one night in a place we like. The problem was ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 25th 2005

today, thanksgiving in the states, mk and i hiked the tongariro crossing. supposedly the best one day hike on the north island. we woke early, 5:30am to catch a bus to the trailhead. getting to the trailhead was a feat in and of itself. our bus was supposed to arrive at 5:40am. we are standing outside, the cold morning air biting our cheeks, at bus. michelle called the company and reported that they had already come and gone from our hostel, but they'd turn around and be back for us shortly. so, the bus arrived....we're on our way. nope. we find out that a bus ahead of us has broken down and we have to pick up the passengers. so 10minutes down the road about 20 more people pile onto an already crowded bus. we ... read more
south crater??
mud mud, i love mud
emerald lakes

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 24th 2005

Moving on from Whitianga... We stayed one night in Mount Manganui, which is a picturesque beach town and also a party town once the holidays roll around. It was a very young and hip surfy town, so we fit right in ;) It also has a great little peak, Mount Manganui, just at the end of their main street. It almost seems out of place, standing guard over all the surf shops and dairies (corner stores) and apprently has a great view. (We weren't up for the challenge) We've moved on now to Taupo, the skydiving capital of the world! For us, however, it will act as basecamp for our day hike of the Tongariro Crossing. It's a substantial town with a downtown comprised of more than one street (a big deal for us, down here). ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 22nd 2005

im sitting here in taupo, a beautiful city where i just saw my first snow covered mountain in the distance, a place we are heading to next. we camped for 2 cold nights by the waikato river in a beautiful park. we are now heading to tongariro national park where we will embark on our first real tramp. check it out for pics, its going to be amazing. i will be loading pictures in the GALLERY section from now on, they give better quality and look just plain better when enlarged. i think after im done on here we are going tandem i cant wait for that. as we head down the north island i feel so comfortable travelling city to city, as each place we gain more knowledge and feel better about everything we ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 13th 2005

11.11.05 Today we drove to Taupo. First stop, unfortunately for Andy, was the dentist. His tooth was and still is sore when he eats. We had a walk around the town, a really nice town. Taupo lake is the biggest lake in New Zealand, it is massive! The colour of it is blue and turquoise. They are trying to get it classed as an inland sea. In the distance you can see the mountains, Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. Andy had a go on the hole in one. This is an island in the lake with 2 holes, if you get a hole in one you win $5000. Never seen such bad shots in my life! The cars were more in danger of getting hit behind us! That night we went to see Saw 2, with some ... read more
Craters of the moon.
Huka Falls

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 2nd 2005

Kia Ora! I've been really busy lately, finishing exams, hanging out in welly, saying goodbye to friends, and moving out of my flat in Wai te ata. I'm in Lake Taupo right now- and it is beautiful!! Internet is super slow and really $$ here, so a real update will have to wait until later this week. Just wanted to let you all now, I am still alive, and living all that NZ has to offer. I have tons of pictures and stories to share, as soon as I can get my hands on a decent computer. SO- stay posted!! Cheers!! shelly... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 1st 2005

I'm writing this diary entry while sat on top of an active volcano - Mount Tongariro to be precise - 1967m above sea level. My bum is starting to burn a bit and I'm having to regularly change cheek just to cool it down. It's around 1800years since Taupo's last major erruption and whether that means another is due or not, I don't know, and don't really care since 'death by being launched into the air by a firey errupting volcano' would look pretty cool on anybodies death certificate. Steam rises from the ground around me, adding to the dramatic alpine vista visible in every direction and the clear aqua-blue sky means with a turn of my head I can see both the West and East coasts of the island from this central peak. The ... read more
The Tongariro Crossing & Mount Doom
The Tongariro Crossing & Mount Doom
The Tongariro Crossing & Mount Doom

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 1st 2005

What a way to celebrate Halloween!! For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to sky dive. I think it’s just the whole concept of pushing yourself to the ultimate edge...and jumping from a plane. Considering al the other adventurous, adrenaline pumping things I have done in NZ, I thought "what the heck, I might as well sky dive here too!" Luckily, I had a few friends who wanted to do the same, so on our final hoorah weekend, Rachel, Liz, Ngaire, and I all leapt out of airplanes. FANTASTIC! We woke u at 6 am to call the sky dive center, in order to confirm that the weather was decent. When they said •come on over" we all hurried into the car and made our way to the jump site. Within a couple ... read more
High Five for Sky Diving!
The moment has arrived!
Say a little prayer!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo October 31st 2005

Hi everyone! The week after exams was bittersweet, it was tons of fun seeing all my friends in NZ but saying goodbye was difficult. For a 'final hoorah', a bunch of us (Rachel, Liz, Ngaire, Tonja, Corrina, Christian, and me) all went to Lake Taupo to stay at Liz's bach (pronounced’s a kiwi version of a 'lake house') The Lake is about a fiver hour drive north of Wellington. I hopped into Christian's new car, named "Hektor", and enjoyed the ride. We stopped for lunch at a little cafe, called soul food somewhere in between Welly and Taupo. We passed through the Tongariro National Park and stopped to take pictures of Mt. Ruapehu, Mt. Tongariro, and Mt. Ngahroe (spelling?). This area was "Mt. Doom" in Lord of the Rings. The area is one of the ... read more
Mt. Ruapehu
Lake Taupo
The group near Mt. Ruapehu

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