The One With Christmas in the Sun
At this point, we were well into the road trip and getting ready for the festive season on the other side of the world. 1,264 more words
Due to the weather forecast and logistics, I decide not to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing as planned. In hindsight, I could have stayed at the Tongariro YHA, taken the shuttle from there, and done the crossing today; the forecast rain did not materialize and it wasn’t as windy as predicted. 219 more words
The next day we left the South Island for a speedy drive up to Auckland to see some friends for the weekend. We were up early to catch the Interislander ferry from Picton to Wellington and then a non-stop drive up to Taupo for a night before continuing up to Auckland the next day. 229 more words
Taupo has become known as “The Queenstown of the North,” a city of adventure where skydiving, bungy jumping and whitewater rafting reign supreme.
But the main attraction is still the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, billed as New Zealand’s best one-day hike. 606 more words
The Chinese chronicle Hou Han Shu reports that, in the reign of Emperor Ling Ti (168-189 AD), for many days the sky was ‘as red as blood’. 272 more words