Get this though, we got all the way to Mt Ruapehu and then could not get up the mountain as the road was closed because of snow and ice on the road.......GO FIGURE..! Not sure what the tourists here for the Rugby World Cup would think of that!! We were not impressed and D was disappointed. However we did manage to find a smattering of snow nearby so he could throw snowballs!
We really enjoyed the beautiful scenery:
|Tongariro National Park|
|Bush (native forest)|
We happened upon the Old Coach Road and drove along it as far as we could following the track along farmland. We reached a gate and went through on foot and shortly we came across a beautiful sight:
|Mountain Cabbage Trees|
|Just fabulous! We'd never seen so many together like this.|
|More beautiful bush and a mountain stream|
|Thermal activity by lake|
And lastly here is our lovely view of the kowhai trees with their yellow flowers. They blossom every Spring in early September and put on such a great show all along the wetland area at the bottom of our property.