We have not even been in our new home a week before we set off for Tongariro Holiday Park. With Gypsy Rover safely parked up at our new home we set off in the car.A late request was made to relieve the owners of the camp while they took a brief holiday. Apparently their regular reliever had double booked himself and was unable to do the job. The trip up to Tongariro went smoothly with clear blue skies and stunning mountain scenery once we reached the Desert Road. Mount Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe looked magnificent still heavily coated in snow and not a cloud in sight.
Mt Ruapehu on a beautifully clear day.
We arrived at the camp site around lunch time and after being shown our quarters and a quick lunch it was time to get to grips with everything around the site. Forty cabins, 2 chalets, 15 campervan power sites and 26 tent sites plus a huge kitchen/dining room and the usual toilet/shower facilities. As well as this there is a large games room with TV and Internet facilities which so far has been well patronised. The first evening and we thought all hell had broken loose with campers arriving all evening. Luckily Greg and Donna, the owners, were still here to guide us through the maze.
Our home away from Home in Tongariro
Friday morning and we were in sole charge. We have a German lady, Tina, to help with cleaning chores and with 3 cabins vacated overnight there was plenty to do. Even the games room needed some TLC with chippie and biscuit crumbs all over the floor. The afternoon was quiet but the evening saw another busy period. Talk about baptism by fire, we were certainly pushed coping with the unfamiliar computer booking system. To add more confusion the majority of our guests are from Germany, France, Spain and Italy and have English as a second language which at times is very limited.
Saturday has seen a complete change in the weather with low cloud and rain. Due to the inclement conditions the tour operator on the Tongariro Crossing has cancelled any tours today and we are just awaiting his report on tomorrow’s status. This has upset the plans of quite a few foreign tourists who want to do the Crossing but have a limited time frame. As I sit here writing this blog the cloud cover has dropped lower and the rain is now quite heavy so it will be snowing up on the crossing. Brrrrr, I think I will light the fire.