Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rotopounamu, Tokaanu, and Tongariro River Track

And now for a  week in New Zealand with the Weevil, her children and the parents. It was lovely to see them all, and to revisit some beautiful parts of the country. One day we went for a walk around Rotopounamu, where it was fine enough (and warm enough) to swim in the lake at Long Beach.

Niece Rachel jumping ripples

Walks at Tokaanu are full of sulphur fumes, bubbling mud and sizzling pools. The colours are vivid and the smells intense. Bathing in the hot private mineral pool is immensely relaxing, and splashing about in the heated freshwater outdoor public pool is also fun.

Most mornings involved a jog along the Tongariro River Track, sometimes with The Weevil.

Apparently this river is world-renowned as a premier fly fishing water, and is the most fished river in the country. There are many rules and regulations for catching the rainbow and brown trout within, which seem quite complex, but I am sure that all fly-fishers worth their salt are aware of this etiquette.

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