Day 10 The summer heat is still with us and temperatures in the mid 30’s today. What better way to cool off but a trip up Mt Ruapehu and the Turoa Ski fields.On the way we checked out the local railway station and signal box. The latter once stood at Paekakariki until 1991 when it was relocated here.
Of course this time of the year there are only maintenance staff working up on the mountain preparing for the forth coming ski season.
Turoa Ski field on Mt Ruapehu.Turoa Ski field on Mt Ruapehu.Dot trying out a chair lift on Turoa Ski field.Turoa Ski field's Movenpick chair lift on Mt Ruapehu rising 307m on the left, Parklane on the right.Snowman in Summer. I think not!
This did not deter us from having a look around and enjoy the ambient temperature on the mountain. Being a fine day we could see for miles, in fact as far as Mount Egmont /Taranaki over by New Plymouth. Back down on the flat again we did a bit of shopping before returning to camp.
Through the gloom you can see Mt Egmont/Taranaki.Beautiful Alpine flowers.Views around Mt Ruapehu and the Turoa ski-field.Views coming down from Mt Ruapehu and the Turoa ski-field.Ohakune through the glare.Rugged terrain around Mt Ruapehu.
This evening a putting competition was organised on the practice putting green. This was a laugh a minute as there were only 2 of us having ever played golf before except for perhaps a few games of Mini Putt.
Tomorrow we are off to Waiouru after which Tom and Jan have named their narrowboat.