Our second day gave us a chance to explore some of the ever changing landscape of the Tongariro National Park. This included a drive up into the village of Whakapapa and on up onto the slopes of Mount Ruapehu.
Yes you may have spotted that we cheated slightly by travelling up on the cable car. This was an experience in it self but I had the feeling the operators were quite used to dummies like us.
We did wander up and walk on the snow. Throwing a bit of snow kept us in touch with our friends back home!
The volcanic landscape is spectacular and gave us a little bit of a feeling of the terrain Kate had encountered when she walked the Tongariro Crossing.