Wednesday, January 27, 2010
New Zealand - Gisborne to Tongariro National Park - Morere Hot Springs, Lake Tutira, Waipunga Falls - 7 January 2010
After an early morning swim at Waikanae Beach, we left for Tongariro National Park.
We followed the coast road. There were some nice places we would have liked to have stayed had we more time.
The first stop was Morere Hot Springs. We walked through the rainforest for about 20 minutes reaching the hot spas. One spa was cold, the other hot and the other ballistic. We tried all three though the ballistic one made one feel empathic with a lobster. A few minutes was all I could handle.
Next we stopped at Lake Tutira. It was pretty with a lot of swans and ducks. They were pretty tame.
Next stop was Waipunga Falls. A lookout gave excellent views if the huge falls and countryside.
WE continued driving past Taupo and onwards to the Tongariro national Park. The roads were quite in the park and the scenery awe inspiring.
A relatively very cold winter in Australia. We had been waiting a long time for our next overseas trip and it always seems so far away but t...
A brilliant sunrise this morning from Terrigal Beach. The red glow changed to a filtered white with twinkles across the wate...
A surf flat day today. I drove over to Toowoon Bay. It looked so good. I grabbed the snorkeling gear and started at the south side o...