New Zealand Journals

Around the world for a friend's wedding

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A February 2010 trip to New Zealand by beckyX

Tongariro Crossing Photo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: I returned once again to New Zealand for the wedding of a close school friend.

White Island Tours

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Attraction | "White Island: My trip into the mouth of hell (2)"

White Island Tours Photo, Whakatane, North Island
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Before carrying on from my previous entry here is a quick recap: White Island is an active volcano off the coast of New Zealand. To get there, there are daily tours.==Sulphur mining== Next to the jetty, there are the twisted and wrecked remains of a sulphur mine here from a century ago. A lahar killed all the workers there in 1914 and no further mining has been done since. Now the island is home to birds. ==Don't drink the water!== About halfway to the lake we crossed a stream and the guide said to us: dip your finger in the water just *here* and put it against the tip of your tongue. Which I did. It tasted fizzy just like sherbert. "Hmmmm, an acid..." I thought. I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2010

White Island Tours
15 The Strand East
Whakatane, North Island
64 7 3089588

White Island Tours

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Attraction | "White Island: My trip into the mouth of hell"

White Island Tours Photo, Whakatane, North Island
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White Island is a stratovolcano in the Bay of Plenty of New Zealand also known by its Maori name, Whakaari (meaning "That which can be made visible"). It is New Zealand's only active marine volcano, which makes a day trip out there very popular for tourists and adventure seekers alike. As a geology student, I figured that it was important on my latest trip to New Zealand that as well as doing my same old sports involving jumping off tall objects, I really ought to broaden my horizons a little bit and visit as many sites of geological interest as I could do. I had this great plan before going on the trip: visit volcanoes, especially active volcanoes. Sounds fabulous. Bubbling ma...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2010

White Island Tours
15 The Strand East
Whakatane, North Island
64 7 3089588

SkyWalk at Sky Tower

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Attraction | "My terrifying walk around Auckland's Skytower part 3"

SkyWalk at Sky Tower Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Finally, part three of my agonizing adventure around the outside of Auckland’s Skytower. The story so far: I am on a narrow walkway with no handrails 192m above the ground; I am more anxious than I’ve ever been in my entire life; I feel like I’m about to die. I want nothing more than to get down onto solid ground again and never ever leave it. But no! Wait! Before I can do that, I not only need to walk around the building, I need to do it in style. Or if I can’t manage that, at least get ONE good picture of me not looking terrified because otherwise who will believe me that I did it? I need the good shot: a shot of me dangling backwards over the edge and looking ama...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2010

SkyWalk at Sky Tower
Corner Victoria And Federal Streets
Auckland, North Island 0610
64 9 368 1835

SkyWalk at Sky Tower

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Attraction | "My terrifying walk around Auckland's Skytower part 2"

SkyWalk at Sky Tower Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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In the previous part of my review, I talked about the cost of taking part and some preparations and left you waiting tantalizingly on the edge of the precipice – in fact, just like I was as I was about to step out into the nerve-wracking exterior of this tower, which I could swear had doubled in height! In this part – will I manage it? Or will I wimp out?Once at the observation deck level, we were led out onto the outside of the building. This involved walking on a wire mesh floor with holes that went straight down all 192m to the ground. Although the tower went up further, when looking out, you’re the highest point around, which is a terrifying thought for those people who, like I do, hav...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2010

SkyWalk at Sky Tower
Corner Victoria And Federal Streets
Auckland, North Island 0610
64 9 368 1835

SkyWalk at Sky Tower

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Attraction | "My terrifying walk around Auckland's Skytower part 1"

SkyWalk at Sky Tower Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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In February this year, I ventured once more to the other side of the world, all set for adventures and crazy sports. One such activity featured a little guided stroll at a gentle pace around an iconic tower in Auckland in which I got excellent views of the sights of the city. "Huh, what's so extreme about that? I wander around buildings all day and I don't write reviews about it!" I hear people say. Ah well, this little stroll came with a bit of a difference. Not for nothing is it dubbed "Skywalk", for reasons that will soon be apparent! ===Where in the world is this Skywalk?=== Skywalk is a walk around Skytower, a 328m tall tower in Auckland, New Zealand. Skytower is the tallest fre...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2010

SkyWalk at Sky Tower
Corner Victoria And Federal Streets
Auckland, North Island 0610
64 9 368 1835

Tongariro Crossing

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Attraction | "The fastest way from Hobbiton to Mount Doom part 3"

Tongariro Crossing Photo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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In the previous part, I had reached the top point of the crossing. Now for going back down again...From the Red Crater, there are apparently some stunning views of the Emerald Lakes. But sadly the view I had was of mist and more mist. The path this far takes half the overall time to do the crossing, but was only a third of the distance. I found it a little bit on the depressing side, knowing that I still had another 12km to go! This point was the turnoff to the much easier Mt Tongariro, a "mere" 1967m, but I really didn't have the time to do it. For most of the crossing I found myself checking my watch carefully to make sure I was sticking to the time limit - miss the last bus and you're s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2010

Tongariro Crossing
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro Mountain, New Zealand

Tongariro Crossing

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Attraction | "The fastest way from Hobbiton to Mount Doom part 2"

Tongariro Crossing Photo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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On the day of my hike, I woke up bright and early for my 5.40am pickup, threw some clothes on and waited in the pitch black outside of the hostel for my lift. This turned out to be a bit longer than expected due to the first bus leaving ten minutes early without me, but the later bus was only about forty minutes later, so it just left me with time to savour an extra coffee (I'm a firm believer that there is only ONE six o'clock in the day!). The bus meandered around Taupo picking people up from their various hostels, before heading out on the long drive over to the start point. On the way, we stopped at Taurangi to pick up more hikers and gather any last minute provisions from a 24 hour garage and the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2010

Tongariro Crossing
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro Mountain, New Zealand

Tongariro Crossing

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Attraction | "The fastest way from Hobbiton to Mount Doom part 1"

Tongariro Crossing Photo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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The Tongariro Alpine crossing is billed as New Zealand's best one day hike. It passes between two important andesitic volcanoes, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe and covers 19.4km in length between Mangatepopo to the west of the mountains and Ketetahi Road end to the north and takes an estimated 7-8 hours to complete. It can be walked in either direction, but the way that I did it is the usual way round to do it because that way you have less climbing to do - the start is much higher than the end point. ===Where is it?=== The Tongariro crossing is in the Tongariro National Park, which is located in the middle of New Zealand's North Island. This park contains several active volcanoes and has t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2010

Tongariro Crossing
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro Mountain, New Zealand