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So on Saturday morning I set off south of Auckland. I've got a full ticket around NZ hop on hop off bus, the bus driver just does everything for you books your accomodation in advance, your activities, stops enroute for food and drink etc - its great. And luckily I had a good bunch on my bus.

Crazy Italian Natalie interrogated everyone as they got on the bus in Auckland so by our first stop we all knew the basics about one and other. We headed for Hahei as our first stop. We walked to the famous cathedral cove and had a lovely dip and the beach was worth everystep of the walk. We were staying in a campsite so St Paddys day was celebrated in the Kitchen but we had a fab time getting to know everyone there and one Irish lass Lisa to keep us going all night!
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Sunday was another early moring and we headed across the country to a surf spot called Raglan. Raglan is apparanlty where Jack Johnson has a house and if famous because it has a left hand break rather that a right hand break. We were ibn a rural retreat and once there miles from anything - it was cool for one night but no longer. We spent the afternoon on the flying fox and ropes course as well as relaxing in the hammocks!

Monday another early moring after a late night and we headed to Waitomo Caves which is famous for its gloworms. Lisa and I did black water rafting. Which was a combination of caving and tubing, if was a pretty amazing thing to do and you can all see how gorgeous the outfits we had to where. It was abit scary when you stepped off rocks into water upto your neck without expecting it.DSCF1076.jpg

We then headed to Rotorua for the night, we were lucky the sun was out so that the place didn't smell too bad! Rotorua is a place reknown for its geothermal activity, geysers and hot spas. You walk down the droad and there is smoke coming out of the drains due to all the activity underneath. Tuesday morning we headed to a Cultual show in a traditional Mauri Village called Whakarewarewa ( and if I still can't prenounce that one). The village was amazing we had a traditioanl Hangi which is how they cook there food in boxes situated over hot spots in the ground. And got to see a performance of traditional Mauri music. We then headed off to Taupo via the Huka falls. As you can guess by the time I got here I needed as extra days rest. So I said goodbye to all the guys on my bus and chilled out at a thermal spa for the day.

The following day I joined a new bus and headed for the Tongario Crossing. This is rated as one of the best day walks in the world 17km taking 6 - 8 hours. It is one of the most amazing things I have ever done. Through volcanos and next to Lord of the Rings Mount Doom, the views of the valley from the walk are of Mordor. We walked past the red crater which had last erupted in 1926 but some of the ground was too hot to even stand on. Then headed down to the emerald lakes which is a commonly featured picture and then over to a fantstic view of Lake taupo.DSCF1176.jpgDSCF1183.jpg

No surprise that the follwing day my legs were a little stiff! We had a travel day to Windy Wellington. Where I got to meet up with some of my orignal bus crew! Yay! The weather was perfect I spent friday and saturday there. Went up the cable car to the beautiful botanical gardens and around the best museum in NZ, Tepapa. After seeing so much beautiful scenery I was glad to leave and head to the south isl;and.

Posted by emmahannon 20:31 Archived in New Zealand Tagged backpacking

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