On Monday we left Taupo and headed to Waitomo Caves. We decided against black water rafting in the end as it was absolutely freezing and more expensive than we'd originally thought, so opted for a leisurely stroll through the gloworm caves. Later that afternoon we set off for Tongariro National Park where we spent two days. On the first day Katy completed the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is an 8 hour walk between Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom) and Mt Tongariro. I decided not to go as they asked for "an above average level of fitness" and said that the walk involved trekking across narrow ledges with steep drops. Two things that didn't really suit me! I therefore spent my time arranging skiing for the following day and going on my own little tramp through a forest to a pretty waterfall. The next day we went skiing in Whakapapa on Mt Ruapehu. Katy and I both had a lesson in the morning and managed to master parallel turns. In the afternoon we decided to be adventurous and ventured to the top of the mountain to do a run that was recommended to us by our instructor. It turns out that neither of us were listening to her very much and inevitably chose the wrong run which turned out to be an icy death slope! We spent the remainder of the afternoon sliding down the mountain on our bums, whilst being stared at (but not helped!) by every skiier and snowboarder that went past. Despite this disaster it was a really good day!