There was plenty to celebrate at the Chocolate Éclair Rally at Ohakune. The weather couldn’t have been better, frosts overnight and beautiful sunny days. Old friends to catch up with, 4zees, eating out in the Ohakune Club restaurant, and those wonderful big squidgy éclairs. Robin was in his element watching the All Black Test match on the big screen on Saturday night. I appreciated the big bag (and more) of locally grown veggies for a mere $5 donation, plus we were all presented with a bag of Ohakune brussel sprouts on arrival. Lots of raffles on offer – we tried really hard to win the whitebait raffle, but to no avail. All in all a fun weekend.
We couldn’t leave town without a chance to purchase a few more of those world famous chocolate éclairs – we must be addicted to them, I think. Geoff drove Derek and me down town to get our last fix for a while. Guess what we are having for dessert tonight? The shop must have done a roaring trade from all the campers staying at the rally over the weekend.
After an early lunch we packed up, hooked up, and hit the road. Up SH4 to National Park, turning on to SH47. Just look at these views as we drove along to our next overnight stop. The beautiful cone of Mt Ngaurhoe peeped through the clouds.
Further down the road and almost at our destination, we came across The Chateau Tongariro Hotel dwarfed by Mt Ruapehu. This is the western side of Mt Ruapehu, so a different view from the one we saw at Ohakune.
We are staying at the Whakapapa Holiday Park for the next couple of nights. Lots of empty powered sites, but most of them seem to be geared up for smaller hire vans. Luckily we found three longer sites to fit our vans on, and settled down for the night. It is very quiet here at the moment, but once the ski season starts, things will get very busy.