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.

Crater lake 10 minutes from the carpark
Halfway there!
At the top of the mountain!
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.

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.

Lake Rotorua
The lake had loads of Black Swans  (Cygnus atratus)
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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