Travel Story «Wellington - Whanganui - Waitomo»
02 April 2006
Last Update 05 May 2006
WWW = Wellington - Whanganui & Waitomo
Hello from Waitomo caves.
Today, we went to see the galaxy world of the glow worms into another premier NZ attraction: the Waitomo caves. Today the rain is pouring again, so caves where the best option.
We are now one week in the North Island and yes, this is very different comparing to the South Island. Less remote, flashy green forest and more villages (actually settlements).
Wellington is a cool capital, bit like San Francisco and Sydney, a dramatic hillside setting with attached to a harbour with (finally) a skyline! First skyline we see in New Zealand apart from the lonely Westpac building in Christchurch. We stayed nearly two days in Wellington after our arrival by boat. We were three hours on the boat, and the wind was gusty, high waves, it was a rough Cook strait crossing.
Afer Wellington we were bound for Wanganui, where we took great pictures of the mighty Whanganui river and drove into the National park for a while. We intended to kayak here but the weather forecast was horrible, so we xxld our kayaking. One thing we learned in NZ: you need to travel with the weather.
Yesterday we drove 160K further north up to Tongariro and we flew over the Volcanic crater and took some of the world's greatest pictures (can't upload right now, but you'll see them later).
we flew because, the weather is rainy and again, we had to cancel our plan: the Tongariro crossing!
I really start to feel sorry for those guys booking all-inclusive touroperator-tailor made itineraries of NZ in two weeks. If you have bad weather, you won't see what the fuss in NZ is all about guys. We are now thinking of going back to Tongariro to do the crossing, weather permitting of course.
More news and pictures later, it's not possible to upload pictures from those ugly internet boots at the campsites, but once we hit the road for Rotorua, should be possible again.
our next stops: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Te Puke (Kiwifruit capital of the world)
22 April 2006
Last Update 03 December 2010