Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Zealand, Long Drive

Somehow I wrote this blog and it got lost so I'll try to reconstruct this day, however briefly. We drove from Katikati on a long haul down to the south to a tiny village called Ashhurst, near Palmerston North. It was another spectacular day. We went through Rotorua and the geothermal hot springs area. We stopped for lunch and some art-gazing at the lovely lakeside city of Taupo. In the afternoon we drove through high desert tundra where we could as easily have been in Wyoming surrounded by snowy mountain peaks. It was sunny, then rainy, then a little snowy, then sunny again. We went past innumerable small villages and grassy farms, saw the land flatten out then rise up sharply again.

Our destination was with friends, Laura and John, who entertained us for tea and then dinner and then breakfast next morning. They live out in the country. He is a retired professor, she an artist, both English born. We stayed in our van, but enjoyed hours of conversation with them.

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Location:New Zealand

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