23.11.2011 0 °C
Up at 7.20 for a 2 course breakfast of Cereal then Sausages, eggs, baked beans and toast. The owner Bruce came in during breakfast to give everyone a weather report for Mt Ruapehu. We made some friends in Ben and Jasmine from Auckland who were at our table.
After that scrumptious start to the day we made our way up the mountain to Whakapapa Ski Area. Upon arrival we booked a couple of snowboarding lessons. We raced down to the Happy Valley area to drop off our bag and go to our lessons.
Our Snowboarding instructor Daniel then proceeded to try and teach us how not to fall over. He was moderately successful at this. Having passed his instructor exams 3 weeks ago, I’d say he did a pretty good job. After our lessons we went and grabbed a snack at the Café near Happy Valley. We the spend most of the afternoon practicing standing up and turning heel-side and toe-side. With bit of confidence up we decided to try a blue run called Rock Garden. We ran into Ben and Jasmine while we were up there. A couple of nervous runs on this trail and we decided to head home and warm up a little.
For dinner we thought we would try walking to the local pub. After some shoddy directions from the GPS we started walking in the direction it told us. After a long walk we ended up at the Railway Café Restaurant(not the pub). This wasn’t too bad however as we had delicious roast dinners then banana spring rolls and chocolate parfait for dessert.
The next day we started off with the same breakfast except sausages and baked beans were changed with bacon and tinned spaghetti. As the forecast for Whakapapa was miserable we decided to head over to Turoa and have some fun there. There were longer beginner/green runs so it was good fun and left us feeling a bit more confident.
After finding out where the Pub we were looking for actually was, we walked in the right direction 300 metres to it. We sat down for dinner just when Ben and Jasmine came in so they joined us and we had a good chat about our adventures of trying to slide on boards in snow.
They next few days consisted of us going down blue runs on Whakapapa and getting some balance about ourselves. One clear afternoon Debbie did decide to go and take some cracking photos up the mountain however accidentally left her gloves in the car, this may or may not have contributed towards her getting sick.
The last day at the mountain the weather ended up turning bad so we decided to make our way up to the Bed and breakfast near the Waitomo caves a bit earlier than originally planned and left later that morning. The B&B was really nice.
We woke up the morning of our day in Waitomo and Debbie wasn’t feeling very good at all, but we had a booking for a caving adventure and there is no way we were missing out. So we ate at the B&B then headed to the caves. It was a 4 hour guided tour from between 30 to 90 metres underground. The tour took us tubing, caving (climbing through itty, bitty holes in the cave), checking out glow worms, abseiling and rock climbing to get in and out of the cave area. It was a lovely 1 degree in the water which made Debbie worse with her sickness! We did have a great time and would recommend caving to anyone heading to NZ (if you are not claustrophobic).
The next few days were a blur. Debbie was getting sicker and sicker – our travel insurance recommended that she head to hospital for a look over – turned out it was a nasty viral infection and she was put on panadene forte and nurofen plus, so she spent the last few days in a drugged state and slept for nearly the whole time. So we were hotel bound for the remaining days.
Overall it was a great holiday!