Mt. Taranaki and beyond

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.
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It is Mt. Taranaki, a dormant volcano and it dominates the skyline for-evah!
Today, we would be driving the ring road around it, from Stratford to New Plymouth and we would be looking for surfable waves because this road is also called
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Wooo-hoo!  The Surf Highway!  But alas, we had no surfboards.
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Mt. Taranaki at sunrise
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We would drive up the mountain as close as we could.

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It is one long, hard day to climb it (right side ridge).  Barb really wanted to give it a go but Jack said we didn’t have the time.  Plus, didn’t we just do this on Mt. Doom?
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We hiked in a forest instead
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Found a cool little waterfall
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Barb, always pushing the envelope!
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Then, with Taranaki in the distance, we drove out to as many beaches as we could.  It is not a populous area.  Mostly, it was just us.
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Saw some good waves but it was really windy.  If only Jack had brought all his wind surfing gear.  Then, out by Egmont lighthouse, we came across a gaggle of sailboarders.
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And some very big waves!  The sailboard mast above is 13 feet tall!
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We drove on along the highway, noting huge potential at many beaches and camped for the evening up near New Plymouth.
Had a beautiful sunset over the harbour:-)
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Another fun day!
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2 Responses to Mt. Taranaki and beyond

  1. OwlBoy says:

    “noting huge potential at many beaches…”
    Duly noted. Love it.

  2. Karen says:

    Your adventure keeps getting better and better. Love the photos!

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