Day 116 – 123 | Waimangu & Tongariro National Park

After another productive week at work, where I finished and started many experiments with interesting results, we ended the workweek on Friday with a lovely gamesnight with Mathias and Lucek. We played Dominion, a great boardgame, and enjoyed gingerbeer. On Saturday morning Bas and I went to Waimangu, one of the most stunning geothermal areas of New Zealand, where GNS does a lot of sampling. Having been there before in the car, it was quite a different experience walking around. It was funny because I hadn’t realized it was a 3 hour walk. It was absolutely stunning (yes, I use those words a lot here). Be prepared for an overload of pictures.

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Green Lake

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Weird mushrooms

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Waimangu

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Rainbow Mountain in the background

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Spiderweb, spiderweb
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Fantail in a tree. It took about a hundred pictures to shoot this one (and the next) 

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Another bird, this time a Chaffinch, an introduced species
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Huge waterlevel change since when I was there with GNS
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More birds, this time a ‘Little Shag’, a native bird

Today we walked around Tongariro National Park, where we did the walk to Taranaki Falls (7 km). It was a lovely day, reasonably cold, but while walking it was fine. Here are the pictures!

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Bas with the first snow of the season!
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Start of the Northern Circuit (3-4 days), was also the start of the Taranaki Falls walk
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Bas was very disappointed that we weren’t doing the Northern Circuit (which was this way)
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The Taranaki Falls (me for scale)
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The way to the top
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Bas & Mt Ngauruhoe
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Me & Mt Ngauhuroe
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Almost at the end of the walk!

 

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