A 5 hour drive through the centre of the North Island, we passed through stunning scenery as well as some congested town that really need bypasses. Huge lorry/trailer combinations rumble through 100 year old main streets, it must be very noisy for residents. After a brief stop at Taihape, which is apparently the gumboot throwing capital, we arrived in the Government capital. Tomorrow we'll be on the ferry to the South Island and then the train to Kaikoura. Photos of welly wanging on the album.