National Park wanders…

National Park wanders…

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National Park or Natty Park as the locals call it is does have what seems as its particular weather all to its self. At one time the mountain ski field at Turn can be clear but then at Whakapapa its all socked in with cloud. No wonder there is two fields to choose from. At least one of them hopefully is open during a normal winter with changeable weather.

Was sort of lucky to get some lower level snow on the trails which gives some great contrast and having such socked in weather meant that the crossing wasn’t happening so there were more people wandering about looking for alternative sights. Jus some just don’t follow the code of no jeans in the changeable weather which is a bit of a no no. They get wet and you get cold…

Anyways this is a collection from this visit. All are available with out the watermark and if you want to see BIG just click on the image and it opens in a lightbox.

Click on a pointer and a sample image will show whats there…

Mahuia Rapids

Chateau Tongariro

Taranaki Falls

Schnapps Bar. National Park Village

Historic…

Historic…

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The historic old jetty at Tokaanu is a bit hard to find as there is only a small sign post on the road and its a mettle track with copious pot holes for you to navigate.

Well worth seeing this piece of New Zealand history which provided service for the steamers plying the lake transporting passengers and freight from here to Taupo town at the northern end of the lake before any form of roading was constructed. According to the info board this jetty was built around 1870 so has stood the test of time with a helping hand.

 

Whataroa Falls…

Whataroa Falls…

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The Whataroa Falls are a easy hour tramp in from the roadside car park up Mountain Road on from Oropi Road south of Tauranga.

Its a really nice bush wander in and on part of the track at the start there are little signs describing the tree species that are to be seen as you make tracks.

There are also plenty of Kiwi about mainly because the locals have a intense pest eradication programme going on. If you leave at dusk you will hear them start up their social chat.

Its just great that we can have these little native gems with-in easy reach of a major city centre. We just have to make sure they stay protected…

Mount panoramic…

Mount panoramic…

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This is five images blended into this panoramic which ended as a rather large file. It was so detailed i could zoom in and read some ships names so would print as a high resolution image.

Hopefully when you click on the image to open in a lightbox its resolution will show thru. A bit hard to do on a screen especially a small one. But then again you can expand with a small screen and really have a good look around. Beware this is a large file size and may take a few seconds to load up…