Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Through the Windshield: Kawhia to Taumarunui

Today's travels took us from the Kawhia beach through the rolling Waikato countryside and the Waitomo District to Taumarunui, which sits at the junction of the Whanganui and Ongarue Rivers. Early Maori named it "the place of big shelter."

We stopped at a grocery along the way to stock up on provisions.

The day was so pristine that even these shots from inside the Rover look good (that and Art squeegees the windows).

We're wanting to make tracks toward Tongariro National Park, about 40 km east of where we're camping. It's the oldest national park in NZ. We'll explore locally tomorrow and head there Thursday.

Here's a map of our route (click here if you can't view):

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! I still remember trying to climb up/over/around Mount Tongariro and having to turn back because of the rain/fog. I was staying at the only hotel around, a big white plantation looking building, located at the the entrance (?) to the park. Are you going to be doing this hike? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongariro_Alpine_Crossing