Back again and after we got cancelled by the White island boat tours this morning we decided to visit whakatane where the tour ran from....plenty of moutains around here...
had coffee in this neat cafe
long black and cream
loval pub....we had a good walk around
interesting walk through this huge rock area
maori wood carving
on this seat
the rock was originally a maori sacred site but then dedicated to those who fought in the wars...
then we found white island flight tours who were more than happy to take us on a 1.5hr flight over the volcano and Mount Tarawera
waiting for pilot to get is with me in the back.....4 seater plane and me paul pilot
ready to fly
rather neat looking out over the land on take off
Whale island where the special Kiwi are breeding with no danger from rats, dogs, ferrets
lovely to think they can roam free here 😀😀
on we flew to white island a very live volcano.....last eruption only a month ago
certainly plenty of chances at great snaps.....so I did 😀
deep unto the crater
one last flight around
Love this one
more flying towards Tarawera
View down to thermal area assisting the paper to run
flew over an area whuch had the white and pink terraces...silica deposits which form the wall of the pool just like large steps with warm water 😀 visiting a buried village info of terraces too....
more thermal pools near the buried village which was caused by Mount Tarawera when it blew its stack in 1860s
truly beautiful area with volitile possibilities......
happy couple off the plane good fun and no problem for my knee lol
left the airport and followed some diary cows on the moove lol
and a woodmill which benefits from the river flows....
well tomorrow moving on to our next place Taupo which is also part of volcanic plateau. ....more fun but cooler as snow up on them mountains...
love again out there xxoo