Posted by: lanzell | September 7, 2008

Mt. Ruapehu Day Trip – 26/7/2008

Come On Snowman!!

Whoa, we’ve been absent from the site for quite a while, sorry guys and gals… Today I’ll continue with the tale of our trip from Hamilton to Mt. Ruapehu and hopefully get around to showing you some pics of the trip soon… hang in there, they’re on the way… promise! We set off from Hamilton city and immediately found ourselves on another set of winding roads set in steep hills covered in sheep with crazy mountain climbing skills during our journey there!! Although it wasn’t snowing, the weather was cloudy, it’s not really a good day for skiing..

Our only destination today was the National Park Village at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, the ski hub for New Zealand’s north island. The closer we got to the ACTIVE volcano the colder and cloudier it got. Unfortunately our timing for good weather was off by a few days… Weather forecast predicted heavy rain and gale force mountain winds for the area L .

Everybody loves Snowman!!!

Everybody loves Snowman!!!

We sure that you’ve seen by this time that we don’t like to waste too much time on a trip like this. We set off as soon as possible to explore the accessible slopes of Mt Ruapehu. When we just arrived, first we had our breakfast before we go for our exploration of the ‘snow’ hehehe…we then had a look around the i-site center and learned some interesting facts of the seismic monitoring grid that covers the area and constantly monitors for earthquakes and seismic activity etc…. Even we are unlucky to visit the highest point accessible by car but we still had our memorable moments there!!. (only those car with 4WD can access to the highest mountain due to heavy gale L at that time). We spent some time here to muck around in the snow .… only problem being that we did not have snowboards but we still have many options enjoying ourselves… None the less, looking like absolute idiots has never before been more fun! Our friends enjoyed their first snow experience and hey lets face it… given a sled and the opportunity to slide down a snow covered hill, anyone would hop on and start yelling. We were all felt like 6 years old and eventually found ourselves spent of energy and trudging back to the café nearby for a chip and the best vanilla latte ever! Snow? COLD…

Our Rental Car to Mt. Ruapehu (Toyota Previa 2.4)

Our Rental Car to Mt. Ruapehu (Toyota Previa 2.4)

First time ever...

First time ever...

Winter de Mt. Ruapehu

Winter Sonata de Mt. Ruapehu

Are we dreaming?! hehehe....

Are we dreaming?! hehehe....

Yeah we did it!! Snowy...snowy....

Yeah we did it!! Snowy...snowy....

All the Team Member from Hamilton

All the Team Member from Hamilton

Here we GO!!

Here we GO!!

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