Hello everyone! Since we left Auckland we stopped of in Rotorura (which we both had lots of difficulty saying) to get some small repairs on the van, the thermal wonderland, and some whitewater rafting! daniela hurt her thumb going down the massive 7 metre waterfall called kiwi foreplay ( a 2m one was called english foreplay - i dont know what they're trying to say!) but its better now!
We also stopped in Taupo which is next to the largest lake in new zealand - had some trouble with an old bloke in a caravan park who wanted us to pay $28 for using the loos - but got some beautiful photos of the lake on the way down south! we also visited huka falls which looked nice. its a shame we are in a bit of a rush to get down to queenstown for the winter festival because it looked like there were some nice walks around the area!
At the moment we are in Turangi which is very close to a load of huge volcanoes including Mount Doom from lord of the rings!! The van has been running really well and we've been taking it steady and cruising along to the sounds of my ipod! tomorrow we are going to tackle the tongariro crossing which is a one day trek with amazing views of mt togariro, mt ruapehu and mt doom (nguruhoe)! as its quite dangerous we have paid for a guide and because its cold, icy and snowy we even get to wear crampons!
will update you all soon, lots of love joe and daniela
(c) another blog done by joe!