Thursday, February 26, 2009

Skiing at Mt Ruapehu

We went to Mt Ruapehu and the kids  skied and we frolicked in the snow and tobogganed with our boogie board. Ruapehu is not just a place to ski. The Chateau  Tongarirois one of NZ's historic national icons with unsurpassed views of Tongariro National Park. We couldn't afford the Chateau, we stayed at Crusader's lodge which is an Alpined building and I was reminded of the Swiss Alps.
In fact you can visit any time, the view is stunning. The water engineer went on the Tongariro Crossing in summer and marveled at the volcanic formation and beautiful natural features of lakes of different hues.
The Ruapehu District located in the central North Island of New Zealand. It includes the world heritage Tongariro National Park - home to Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro. Also the Whanganui National Park - home to an abundance of flora and fauna, and the mystical Whanganui River - the longest navigable river in New Zealand.There are many walking tracks for trekkers if the snow has melted.Some people even trek in winter.


♫ Oreo boy ♫ said...

You are so fortunate =D I love Mt Ruapehu but no chance to go... I'm 13... Hahaz anywayz nice blog i love it =D

Niina said...

I like the second photo, it is a great one!

Reader Wil said...

I should like to see the North Islandtoo, for I have seen the South Island which was great!
You asked how many languages I speak. I speak Dutch as a first language, then English as a second language, and German. French I can read and write with the help of a dictionary and I can understand it if it is spoken slowly. I speak very simple basic French and Norwegian. I am not very fluent in the last languages, but I love languages.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Reader Wil,

You are remarkable and incredible.

Yes, next time you visit your daugther in Oz, come to North Island. I don't know why , too many people go to the South Island and miss out the North. We have plenty to offer. Auckland is the Capital of Polynesia, meaning there are more Polynesian in Auckland than Polynesia itself. We are a Global city.