New Zealand Day 7: North Island

Rotorua to Wellington

It was going to be a long drive of 460 km on our journey south from Rotorua to Wellington along Highway 1. Our first stop was at Huka Falls. Huka is a Maori word for foam and it certainly lived up to its name. The falls are fed by Lake Taupo, the largest fresh water lake in New Zealand and the country’s main trout fishing region. We then drove through the Tongariro National Park and caught a glimpse of Mount Ruapehu, which was shrouded in cloud. Lunch was at Flat Hills, a tourist park with a small animal farm. We passed through Bulls, a small town renowned for the puns on its name (the only place in New Zealand where you get milk from bulls). We arrived in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, in late afternoon and were given a guided coach tour of the city and Mount Victoria.

Peter Cape – Taumata