A Road Trip (Part II)

IMG_4177Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now more about mummy’s road trip up to New Plymouth in Taranaki, or the ‘Naki as the locals would say.

Taranaki is well-known for dairying, Mt Taranaki and its yearly garden festivals.  One plant that grows particularly well there is the rhododendron.

Mt Taranaki is often shourded in mist as it was when mummy went past it in the morning, but on way home, she turned a corner and there was the mountain in all its glory.

Kinda hard to miss

Kinda hard to miss

Mt Taranaki is a dead ringer for Mt Fuji and was used as a backdrop for Mt Fuji in the movie the Last Samurai.  Mummy knows someone who worked on that movie as a wardrobe assistant.  She said Tom Cruise had discovered the local fish and chip shop and was putting on so much weight during filming that they were forever having to let out his costumes.   The mountain is 2518-metres-high(8,261 ft) and is an active volcano, which scientist believe is overdue for an eruption.

On her way home she took lots of photos of rhododendron growing on the side of the highway.  Please note for our overseas readers, most state highways in New Zealand are only 2 lanes unless  you are in the cities then they might be four lanes.



Now you can’t argue with Lonely Planet when they say Taranaki is a great place to visit. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11740464

Love the three bestest maremmas, who wish mummy would stay home more often.  She is off to Wellington for the day tomorrow and We overheard something about her being away for four days next week.  P1040882P1050040

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9 Responses to A Road Trip (Part II)

  1. Wow, your mom enjoyed some real eye candy!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  2. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Wow interesting. What a beautiful sight!
    Lily & Edward

  3. Gorgeous! For a quick moment, I DID think your mama was at Mt. Fuji! I remember how gorgeous the scenery was in The Last Samurai. 😉

  4. Our mom used to travel a lot for her job and we’re thankful she’s not traveling as much anymore.

  5. Kismet says:

    I saw the picture and thought, “what are these maremmas trying to pull on me, that’s MT FUJIYAMA”. Then I realized that you were sane after all.

  6. your mt. taranaki looks great! and we love rhododendron, it is like a national plant here somehow and it grows nearly everywhere, sometimes it even makes small rhododendron forrests around abandoned properties…

  7. Don’t take it too personally when your mom has to leave for a bit. Moms are like that. They stay busy, but they still love us.

    Love and licks,

  8. Brian Frum says:

    Everything sure is pretty! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  9. corkscot says:

    Your pictures are always so beautiful.

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