Our One Day Trip to Turangi
As we headed towards Paraparaumu, these huge Cumulus clouds towered above us! But when we drove underneath them, we only got drizzle, we were expecting hail and heavy rain but got none! lol
Then we went past this old rail bridge about fourty five minutes later.
And by the time we reached the Desert Road, we saw Mount Ruapehu. At the time I took this shot, there were snow flurries up the slopes on the right hand side and around the sumit of the mountain.
This shot is of Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro, which were also exeriencing snow flurries. There was a strong smell of Sulfur as Te Marua Crater on Mount Tongariro erupted about a month ago and there was still a lot of gases coming out of the vent.
We headed down this small road a little way and stopped to have some lunch. This was the view of Mount Ruapehu from where we were.
This was the type of plant life that filled much of the plateau, this is also home to the New Zealand wild horse breed called the Kaimanawa Pony.
This is a shot of the native Tussock grass that covered most of the plateau.
After we stopped for lunch, we headed to Turangi but I momentarilly lost my camera… lol 😀 I found it in the car underneath the passenger seat while we had a quick break.
Sorry that this shot is blurry, but in this one, you can see many of the different ash layers/deposits from previous eruptions in the banks on the side of the road, the colors varried from a rich red to orange, light brown and almost black brown.
Some of the scenery along the Desert Road and past Taihape on our way back.
And a small plane coming in to land on a airstrip on our way back home. 🙂
We had a great one day trip and we ended up coming back home to showers and windy weather unfortunitly. Hope you guys enjoyed my photos! 🙂 Cheers,