Day 101 – 105 | Maungakakaramea

On Sunday we climbed Maungakakaramea, meaning ‘mountain of coloured earth’ in Maori, also known as Rainbow Mountain. Although it said ‘advanced track’; with a few stops to catch breath, we were at the top 1 hour and 20 minutes later. Stunning views and we were very lucky with the weather.

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Crater lake 10 minutes from the carpark
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Halfway there!
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Fairyland
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At the top of the mountain!
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The windy roads of New Zealand

I spotted a weird mushroom while descending, and the biologist in me was angry for not bringing any appropriate sampling stuff.

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Special  mushroom

After we descended Rainbow Mountain, we drove to Rotorua where we walked around and enjoyed the sulphur air (cough, cough). The lake was stunning.

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Lake Rotorua
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The lake had loads of Black Swans  (Cygnus atratus)
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There were loads of red-billed gull (Larus novaehollandiae), which are considered ‘nationally vulnerable’

The rest of the week consisted of a night with the Girl Scouts and going to the gym the other days. I actually ran my first 5 km yesterday. Work has been fine and the weather has been incredibly cold. Luckily Kelly bought a heater because it was very, very cold! This weekend we are going shopping for -proper- winter clothes, needed for the New Zealand weather.

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