Three years ago we celebrated Dunc and Barb’s engagement on the Pacific Crest Trail. Three weeks ago we were at Barb and Dunc’s wedding. Now, we are back at their dairy farm near Hamilton with only three days left of our trip. Boo- Hoo.. How did it all pass by so quickly?
On our way to Hamilton we stopped for a bit of NZ Frenzy adventure, near the commercial glow worm caves.
If you look at a detailed map of NZ’s North Island, you will notice a geographical oddity, a pronounced protrusion on the Western side.
It is Mt. Taranaki, a dormant volcano and it dominates the skyline for-evah! Continue reading
South of Lake Taupo, on New Zealand’s North Island is an extinct volcano called Mt. Ngauruhoe (say Nah ooh roo hoe ee). Yeah, just like many words in Kiwi-land, difficult to pronounce and even more so to remember. But, this mountain starred in the Lord of the Rings movies as the stand in for Mt. Doom. So, we would attempt to climb this “Mt. Doom”!
It isn’t easy on a clear day. It would even be more of a challenge today as viz was bad and we had none of the views that you see in the image above. Continue reading
The town of Rotorua sits on the South shore of a large lake with the same name. The lake was formed as the caldera of an extinct volcano filled with water. It has an island (Mokoia) that is really a rhyolite lava dome that formed when the caldera collapsed.
Quoting from the Frenzy book, “This beach wins! Yup, it’s the most beautiful small beach on the entire island – and that’s saying a lot”. Like the famous arch at Cabo, Cathedral Cove has one too.