Lisa and Sara’s Mighway Trip Around the North Island

Lisa and Sara’s Mighway Trip Around the North Island
Rachel Simpson

Written by Rachel Simpson

Lisa and Sara, sisters from Germany, recently had the chance to take the Mighway van around the North Island for a week and half. Have a read of their trip, and take a look at the awesome photos they snapped below.
“We started our journey in Rotorua and stayed overnight at Lake Rotorua before going to see the Blue Pools in Putaruru. The next day we went to the volcanic area in Waiotapu to see the Lady Knox geyser and the thermal pools at the Thermal Wonderland, which we really liked. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t that great so we couldn’t take very good pictures.
Back in Waikato we went to see the Huka Falls, which looked liked a turquoise bubble bath. We then made our way to New Plymouth where we passed the beautiful “Forgotten World Highway” which was very nice to drive, and a great spot to take pictures. In Taranaki, New Plymouth we went to hike and see the city, which we really liked. For the young people, we found that it is a nice city with lots of lovely cafes, restaurants and bars. Also, the houses around Taranaki looked very nice.
After that we drove all the way to Mount Maunganui where we walked up the Mountain and stayed the night at a Holiday Park Campground which was located right in front of the beach! Then we made our way up to Coromandel where we stayed overnight night in Papanui, and the last two days in Tairua. From Tairua we went to Hahei to see Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.

Our favourite places:

Lunch with a view over Mount Taranaki

If you want a hike where you can have a beautiful lunch with a view, make sure to do the Pouakai Hut hiking trail at Egmont National park. It will lead you up to a mountain in front of Mount Taranaki, called Henry Peak (1220m) where you will have a great panoramic view of Mount Taranaki. At Henry Peak we made a stop to have our lunch and could have stayed there for hours just to look at the nice view of Mount Taranaki.

From Henry Peak there’s a little trail down to the Pouakai Tarn Lake which mirrors Mount Taranaki when it’s not frozen. The Pouakai Hut is located about 20 minutes from Henry Peak, and has space for up to 16 people. Hiking up to Henry Peak was quite a nice experience and very different from all the other hikes we’ve already done in NZ, since it consisted almost all the way of wooden stairs for 13 km. The whole hike took us about 5 hours, was fun and easy to walk.

Mount Maunganui –  A walk up to heaven

One of our last stops was in Mount Maunganui which is located right next to Tauranga. The walk up to Mount Maunganui feels like walking up to heaven since the views you will see going up the mount look like paradise. You will see on one side of the mountain a peninsula with picturesque white sand beaches and on the other side of the mountain you will face the Tauranga harbour on the right and on your left you see the town of Mount Maunganui.

It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to reach the top of the mountain.

The “Blue pools” in Putaruru

Whenever you come across South Waikato make sure to walk the “Te Waihou Walkway” along the Blue Springs in Putaruru. You can make a roundtrip walk which is about 5km long or also just do the short way to where the blue pools start in only 10 to 15 minutes.

The walkway is follows alongside blue pools almost the whole way, and invites you to take the most beautiful, scenic, Instagram-worthy pictures. The water of the Blue Springs is crystal clear and the colour of the springs ranges from turquoise to bright blue. Visiting the blue pools was very special for us since we have never seen such beautiful, unreal-looking springs, and is a must do when you are travelling the north island of New Zealand.”

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