Tongariro II - Love is a Volcano
Trip Start Jun 25, 2003
31Trip End Sep 2004
We began in Auckland - just to get ourselves organized for both New Zealand and the whole trip in general. We scored amazing around the world tickets, I won't bore you with details but those of you planning similar trips may want to know more and should email Janice, as usual I really don't understand what's going on and let her stay in charge of tickety bits and the like.
Leaving Auckland we packed up our stuff into a brand new 1972 Mazda Familia, white with off white racing strips, in trunk spoiler. We have christened the familia "pokey". This is not like calling a fat man "tiny", unfortunately our up hill speed maxs at 40mph
So off to see exciting wonderful things like - supermarkets, our budget doesn't allow eating out so I am getting creative with tuna.
Then reallly off to see things - first thing was the Waitomo glowworm caves. This is, yes you guessed it, a cave full of worms that glow. Actually kind of cool, like lightning bugs that don't move, or shut off. So not really lightning bugs more like 40 watt light bulb bugs. The strange thing is when we bought tickets for this they asked "would you like the tour wet or dry" in true Kiwi fashion nothing can be simply enjoyed as is. After al they did invent the bungy jump etc. So instead of just looking at glowing bits of wormy things you can don a wet suit and go flying through the undewater rapids through the caves and catch glimpsesof glowing wormy things as you rocket past. As much as Janice wanted to do this we chose "dry".
Yesterday we had one of our better days here in the North Island winter (not that our tour of the honey hive wasn't spectacular). We are currently staying in Tongariro National Park which is a nice way of saying at the base of an active volcano that the Kiwis like to ski down.
Next off to Napier and the New Zealand wine country before heading to the South Isand where things should continue to get more scenic and adventuresome. I'll be happy to leave this volcanic area actually. It smells like sulpher from all the hot springs and Janice keeps blaming it on me.
P.S. Sorry about all the email alerts you may have received but we finally got all of our best South Pacific pictures uploaded, except for the amazing fire boy video which will be coming soon to a theater near you.