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Central & south North Island

From our Tauranga base for much of our stay we covered most of North Island on a number of trips.  Many visits to Susan's Aunt Riet in New Plymouth in particular had us exploring several different routes.

New Zealand Land Tour - March 2003

We drive out through Roturua and Taupo and on the east coast road out to the art deco cities of Napier and Hastings.

Taking the less well-travelled road fown the east side of the central ranges we visit Martinborough and stay in a remote homestead turned into a homestay.

A few days with friends Margaret and Steve who were in Algeria with us in the late 70s and who now live in Wellington enabled us to explore New Zealand's capital or "toy town" as they call it

From Wellington we head back to do Tongariro Crossing - a 17 km walk around the volcanic peaks in the centre of the island.

After a return to Rotorua the trip then took us out along the East Caost road passing some predominently Maori communities and returning to Whakatane for a trip out to White Island and its volcanic activity.

The Forgotten World Highway

The Forgotten World Highway

On leaving New Plymouth on our last visit Riet was persuaded to come with us back to Tauranga. We took the Forgotten World Highway (SH43) from Stratford to Tamaranui, which passes through remote areas of Wanganui National Park and is real rural New Zealand. Riet had not done this trip before, but it is one of our favourites.


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