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New Zealand

posted Sep 22, 2012, 1:37 PM by Sarah Guthals   [ updated Sep 22, 2012, 1:49 PM ]
This summer I had the opportunity to go to New Zealand for ICER. But before the conference, Adrian and I travelled the north island via campervan.

We first arrived in Auckland and picked up our Campervan

First stop on our travels was Hobbiton, the set of the Hobbit village in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and in The Hobbit movies. We got to visit Bilbo Baggins home!

Then we went to Rotorua where we set up in our van for the first night

Then we explored the Redwoods by way of Mountain Bikes!

But I flipped over my handlebars and broke my bike :(

We then travelled south to Lake Taupo

And Adrian got to do a little fishing

We got to hike through beautiful forests

And see incredible waterfalls

We even got to relax in natural hot springs

As we left Lake Taupo we travelled into the Tangariro National Park

We went on a 6 hour hike

Where we ended up at the Lower Tama Lake

With an incredible view of the volcanoes

Then we got in a tiny airplane

And flew around the three volvanos, one was used in the Lord of the Rings as Mordor and one was use in the Lord of the Rings as Mt. Doom
Mt Doom


And we saw a volcano that blew just last month!
It was still smoking!

We even saw the Tama lakes! The lower one that we walked to and the upper one

What a flight!

Then we travelled down to Wanganui where we swung out over the river

And we rode the Durie Hill elevator (elevator that goes THROUGH a hill)

Where there was a beautiful view of Wanganui at the top

On our way to New Plymouth, Adrian went fishing again

New Plymouth was mainly rainy. Adrian went fishing and I stayed in the warm van where I worked on my SIGCSE paper, no pictures.

On our way back to Auckland we stopped in Waitomo for a bit of Black Water Rafting (rafting through caves)!

We were excited to get into the caves

We meandered through the dark corridors

But made it out successfully!

Then we dropped off the van back in Auckland and took a ferry to Waiheke Island where we had a hotel room with the most magnificent view!

We went out to a fancy dinner

Walked down the beach

Found some tide pools

and beautiful parks

Adrian went fishing again

And then we sadly had to return to the city via the ferry

Lastly, I went to ICER while Adrian went out on a fishing boat, he saw beautiful rainbows

And caught lots of fish!

All in all this was an AMAZING trip!