We arrive in Wellington after a smooth 2 1/2 hour trip

A view of our ferry, as we depart the dock After a drive through Wellington we head north on the North Island Saturday, December 21 - Larry had to stop and get this picture of a boot at the - city limits of Taihape.  They have a rubber boot factory there. Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano Another view of Mount Ruapehu with - Mount Ngauruhoe to the right
And another view of Mount Ruapehu Mount Ngauruhoe On the shore of Lake Taupo Larry investigates the white lava rocks (pumice) - which were light enough that they floated in the lake! Ducks and geese
Larry with Lake Taupo and the Hauhungaroa Range behind him Outside Rotorua we visit one of many active thermal areas in the region, - offering sights like you'd see at Yellowstone National Park We took a walking tour of the thermal area Here you see steam rising from hot pools There were a lot of different colors seen in the pools

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