Waters of March

I accidentally let time get away from me! And now I’m already back on the South Island, and there’s no way I’m going to be able to do my time up north justice. So for now, here are a few pictures, and a promise to try and do better capturing these final six weeks! 

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The Coromandel’s beaches in the summer are pretty hard to beat…

Octopus Bay
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Starting the trek to the Pinnacles Hut
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I spy, with my little eye, a little hut in the middle of all that green
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The Pinnacles! Can you see me climbing up the first set of ladders?
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Little Gary, big forest
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Success! After sitting at a trailhead for a month for work, this hike kicked my butt super hard
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I couldn’t get enough of this view. Thank god Gary had the presence of mind to take some pictures
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After a night in the hut, we woke up early to watch the sunrise, and we were not disappointed
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At first it was too cloudy to see anything, but as the sun rose the fog turned all kinds of oranges and reds, swirling around the mountain tops as it evaporated
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The Dawn Wall?
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Honestly this might just be a still from Jurassic Park
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Living in a van has its challenges, but sometimes freedom camping in places like this makes them feel worth it. If you look hard enough you can see the super moon rising
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Rotorua! Creepy. And smelly
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Papatūānuku (Maori for mama earth) was being very uncooperative the entire time we were working at the base of Mount Taranaki. But behind those clouds is a picture perfect volcano, I swear
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But the cloudy weather made the sunsets at our campsite all the more epic, so ya lose some ya win some, I guess
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Sat at the Tarawera Falls trailhead working for a couple days, and I never stopped being mesmerized by just how clear this water was
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In a country full of waterfalls, this one might be my favorite
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We hiked through misty darkness to be here in time to watch the sun kiss the top of this volcano, and it was really special
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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the most touristy things to do on the North Island, but it definitely lived up to the hype
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Happy!
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The Red Crater! Also a thing from the Lord of the Rings movies, apparently
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Wish an iPhone could better capture just how vibrant that green was
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Halfway point!
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The looooong descent
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After an early, 12 mile day, this hot spring in Taupo felt like the best treat
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Decided that one 12 mile hike wasn’t enough, so the next day we hiked 6 miles in to Kawakawa Bay at Lake Taupo for a day of rock climbing
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This view was absolute heaven. But after a day of multi-pitching plus the hike out, the next morning I was so sore I could barely get out of bed… ya win some, ya lose some!

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