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07 December 2013 @ 12:05 am
Advent calendar post - Day 7  
More of my trip... we left Rotorua on my birthday, and were supposed to meet the Northern Explorer train at Hamilton, to take us to the next city on our trip. The night before the journey we got an email advising that the train was out of action due to a mechanical problem, and would be replaced by a coach instead. This was something I had been looking forward to so I was pretty disappointed, but it is what it is.

We boarded the coach at 10am and arrived in Wellington at 7.15pm. Pretty full day! We had a couple of stops along the way for morning and afternoon tea, plus lunch, so we could stretch our legs. At our afternoon tea stop, in a little cafe out the back of nowhere, I found a pair of baby booties very similar to a pair I had for my boy - knitted tops with a sheepskin lining and sole - so I had to buy them. Yeah, I know, grandkids may never happen, but you never know... ;-)

Maori statue near Rotorua photo MaoristatuenearRotorua_zps058fb0b6.jpg

This was just outside of Rotorua. It's obviously not all that old, but it speaks to the integration of races in New Zealand.

The coach took us on a route pretty similar to the train. As we approached the national park, we started getting glimpses of Mt Ruapehu, like this:

Ruapehu 1 photo Ruapehu_zps4f088df5.jpg

As we got closer it looked more like this:

Ruapehu 2 photo Ruapehu4_zpsdf1f5bcd.jpg
It was amazing to see the snow on the peaks!

Our coach, outside the little cafe where we stopped for afternoon tea:

Coach photo Coach_zps76e7bd24.jpg
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on December 6th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)

I can see where you'd be disappointed, a train having a certain romance that a coach just doesn't have.
miwahni: Cats Yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 7th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
Have a look here - this is the train we were catching. It's supposed to be one of the great scenic rail journeys of the world.
moonlightmead on December 12th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
Oh no! So sorry to hear this! (Missed it initially - was away on the day you posted.) And sorry to rub it in by referring to it later!

Whether by coach or by train, though, that is astonishing scenery.
miwahni: Cats Yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 13th, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
No dramas. And it WAS astonishing scenery, and we took much the same route as the train, too, so I didn't really miss out on too much.