A Travellerspoint blog

March 2017

Cape Palliser

The Dimholt road

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Cape Palliser is at the south tip of North Island. We stayed at a DoC campsite at the Putangirua Pinnacles, the slightly creepy setting for the Dimholt road (way of the dead) in LOTR. This may have been my idea.

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The area was pretty wild.

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We got pretty close to some cool seals.
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Palmerston North

A break from the van

Nicola kindly offered us a few nights out of the van in her flat. It was good to have some warm running water and the company wasn’t bad either! We did some cooking in a proper kitchen and went out for a few beers. It was nice to have a normal few days.

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Tongariro Crossing

Mount Doom

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We met up with Sophie’s friend Nicola for the Tongariro crossing. This is one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” and the setting for Mount Doom; it was breathtaking. We were very lucky to get a quiet day with blazing sunshine! The National Park is volcanically active and occasionally gets closed so we were pleased to have the green light.

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Waitomo

Caving and glow worms

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Not much to report from Waitomo. Some ok caving, a good waterfall and plenty of glow worms.

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Bay of Plenty

Cathedral Bay, failed fishing attempts and an eggy stream

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The weather continued to hold so we hit some more beaches.
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Tried some fishing.
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Gave up and bought some mussels.
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Cathedral Bay is stunning.
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We found a thermal stream – smelt a bit eggy but was great for a relax.
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We even went out of our way for a NZ famous pie. Unfortunately it wasn’t worth the trip.
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