Easter weekend 2013.
The goal: To climb Mount Taranaki (Egmont) and to stay in a Tipi tent at Solscape in Raglan.
The Outcome: Climbed ¾’s of Mount Taranaki and ended up in an old tent on a single mattress and in a train carriage (Caboose).
Let start from the beginning … This was me and B’s first holiday together and this was going to be interesting. We had decided we needed to escape Auckland and go away for Easter weekend. So Taranaki and Raglan was it! We booked our accommodation online and set off in my Mini Cooper for an adventure.
Rising above the clouds, the 2518 m summit of this dormant volcano offers spectacular views to those who make the challenging climb to its peak.
The first part of the climb took 1 1/2 hours from North Egmont to the Tahurangi Lodge (1,492m). This was the nice part of the climb where we walked a gradual hill to reach the hut. At the hut we had a small break to eat lunch and for B to text his mum in Austria.
The next part was harder where we climbed from the Tahurangi Lodge to 3/4's of the way to the summit (2,518 m). There was a series of steps which lead out of the valley and onto the steep scoria slopes. When we hit the scoria slopes it started to rain and we did not have the right gear to climb to the summit. So we made the decision that we would turn around and climb back down to the bottom of the Mount. By this time it was 5:30pm and time to head back to the Hotel for a nice dinner and drinks.
A yummy dinner at the hotel and a few drinks was all we needed to send us into a sleep coma as we knew in the morning we were off to Raglan to go sleep in a Tipi …
Or so we thought!
We regard our accommodations and facilities as functional, earthy and simple. Each building presenting a style of its own yet somehow tied to the whole by a common thread, truth.
Wakey Wakey, we were back in the car for almost a 4hr drive until we reached Solscape in Raglan. Online we had booked a Tipi tent site. When we arrived and checked in we recieved a suprise. The receptionist had told us we had just booked a tent site.
What were we to do? We had no tent and no items to sleep in; fortunately for some reason we had our sleeping bags. Amazingly Solscape had a garage and it was full with old items. The receptionist found us an old tent and mattress underneath bikes, gardening tools, old sheets and many more items. At this point I was hysterically laughing that I almost wet my pants. How embarrassing especially on our first holiday away together. We were sorted, we had an old tent and mattress for one night and a space had become available in a train carriage Caboose for the second night.
Sweet Treats: The mess – mandarin meringue, citrus curd, cream and frosted pistachio.
After recieving the mattress and tent it was time to hike down a slope and up a hill to the tent site. I was still hysterically laughing while I walked with the mattress over my head. B managed to set up the tent before it was dark. Phew!
Dinner time so back in the mini and off to Raglan center for dinner. Walking around we stumbled across a delicious café 'The Shack' which served a great dinner and the most amazing desert we had ever tasted. After dinner it was time to hike back to our tent and experience one of the worst night sleeps we have had together.
On our second day in Raglan we went to the markets and surf stores where I purchased an awesome lilac bikini for 1/2 the price you would in Auckland. With this new bikini it was off to the beach. Raglan has some of the best beaches and we had a great day relaxing in the sun.
Ka kite anō New Plymouth and Raglan!