We are leaving Rotorua and heading northwards, first taking State Highway 5, then branching out at Tirau onto Provincial State Highway 27, and later, just after Ngarua , branching again onto Provincial State Highway 26.
We are heading for a family appointment later today in Auckland, but since it’s only a few hours drive from Rotorua to Auckland we’ve decided to take the scenic route.
In case you are wondering, there’s method in my madness because there’s a small town down these roads that I’ve always wanted to visit.
First as we leave the Rotorua area we see strange little hills, probably remnants of the areas active volcanic past…with so many unusually distinctive land features abounding in New Zealand it’s no wonder the county is the chosen setting for films like Lord of The Rings.
Yes, it’s still raining but at least the squalls are coming in fits and starts and we are dry and comfortable in the van. Relax and take a look out of the window with me…