The White Islands
Trip Start Jan 20, 2005
37Trip End Sep 10, 2005
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On arrival , the woman who owned the backpacker told me about a five hour walk that can be done with nice views and a visit to the other beach called Ohope. On this walk , I was practically alone the entire time and the views were great. I guess that since I haven't done a walk alone for a while , it was nice just going at my own pace and starting to think again
The next day I was on the boat to the White Islands. This time my toast stayed put because the sea we pretty calm and the day was perfect. There are only two active volcanoes in New Zealand and you could smell the sulfur and see the different colors as you pull up near the island. We got the grand tour and actually stood right near the mouth of the volcano which is a giant steaming pool. Everything changes on a volcanic island because the land and water is always moving and changes in the weather can have a major effect. It really was a pretty neat island and I was glad that I took them up on their advice.
That night , I had a beer at the local fisher mans club and the next day I began touring the Coromandel which is situated west of Whakatane (Remember the F!) . There I will meet Hila and we may continue together for a few days.