|Connolly and our campervan; |
home for the next ten days.
|Your driver for the next ten days.|
|Our Scottish friends and us enjoying a soak|
at Hot Water Beach.
After breakfast we headed out to Whitianga and what is known as the "Hot Water Beach". Here's the deal...You head out to the beach on an outgoing tide and rent a shovel, dig a hole and watch hot water bubble up into your "pool". It's like having your very own hot tub on the beach. The day we went it was a little overcast but that was fine for us as the hot water pools were the perfect temperature for just hanging out with a few beers on the beach. You have to get there early as all the good spots get taken quickly. If you are too close to the thermal springs, the water will be so hot that you cannot get in; too far from the source and your pool gets flooded by the ocean waves and its too cold. A young Scottish couple on holiday invited us to join them in their pool (which they had recently acquired as it was abandoned) and the seven of us enjoyed a relaxing time soaking in our hot tub.
|The campervan gang at Wai-O-Tapu.|
|A campfire, extended happy hour and|
friends...does it get any better than this?
|Daniel, Esther, me and Connolly;|
Tongariro National Park.
This is where the two campervans separated as Hannah, Daniel and Esther needed to get back to Auckland to catch a flight back to Perth, Australia. We had breakfast, said goodbye, and Connolly and I headed south to Wellington.
|Helluva weekend in Wellington! No pics so here's a|
random shot of Connolly prepping a meal in the van.
|Our campervan, Connolly and Mount Taranaki.|
There is so much more to the mountain that
was obscured by cloud cover.
|River along the Forgotten World Highway.|
|Surf Beach at Whale Bay. Watch out for the rocks!|
|10 days, 2 dudes, you gotta expect a bit of a mess!|
Here's a map of the route we took (approximate) and some additional pics taken along the way. Stay tuned for Part III: South Island Tour.
|Approximate map of North Island Tour route. Started in Auckland|
and ended in Auckland. I know the little tag says 1815 kilometers,
but in reality we clocked about 2000 kilometers.
|View from our first campsite on Coromandel Peninsula.|
|Sun setting on the Coromandel Penisula.|
|We wondered about how offensive this might be to blind people.|
Then we thought about it. Still felt a bit weird.
|North Island countryside. Yes, that's our road down there.|
|Connolly testing the law.|
|Me and Connolly at Hot Water Beach.|
|Daniel and Hannah, roadside brekkie at Wai-O-Tapu.|
|Esther, Daniel, and Hannah inside their campervan.|
This was silly drinking game night. It involved dice
and lots of booze. That's all I remember.
|The waterfall in Tongariro National Park that was used in|
one of the Lord of the Rings movies.
|Connolly on the harmonica. Dylan he is not.|
But kudos for a valiant effort!