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... ;-)
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:
As we got closer it looked more like this:
It was amazing to see the snow on the peaks!
Our coach, outside the little cafe where we stopped for afternoon tea: