It is hard to describe the view of Mount Ruapehu in summer. Located in the Tongariro National Park, this is an alien landscape. When we arrived there, we were the only people around. Standing among the inactive char lifts (closed due to major storm at the top of the mountain) surrounded by almost lifeless rocks you get an uneasy feeling of the grandeur of the mountain.
Hahei is a very popular summer holiday destination on Coromandel Peninsula both for New Zealanders and tourists. The little town woven amongst hills features a fantastic beach. At its southern end, if you dig deep enough in the sand, you can enjoy the warmth of thermal activities.