So I now just realized that I haven’t given an update in over a week. Sorry about that.
For the past week I have been traveling throughout the South Island and plan on spending the majority of my time down here. Yes, it’s a bit colder, but the consistent stream of dramatic scenery more than makes up for it. Not to bash the North Island, however.
Certainly there were a handful of highlights, notably Tongariro National Park. I particularly enjoyed the hike through the volcanoes, with Mt. Ngauruhoe, aka Mount Doom, providing a nice backdrop. In addition, the recent snowfall provided a nice contrast to the black volcanic stone.
Now I head south via the west coast. For an area of the country that measures it’s annual rainfall in meters, let’s hope for at least a little sun.