Driving The Desert Road
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It took far too long to get find the excuse to do this trip, but eventually after an invitation from my cousin in Palmerston North we finally made it. After that first drive, we always took any opportunity we could to do this drive.......
So, we set off towards Taupo, hooking onto SH1 and onto the North Island Volcanic Plateau. North of the Tongariro National Park, near to Turangi, the terrain is flat, covered with dense forrest land, but as you continue this all changes. Gradually, as you travel further south you hit mountainous windy roads, adorned either side by incredibly thick fern growth.
At Rangipo, the stretch of drive commonly known as the Desert Road begins, continuing until you reach Waiouru.
The diversity of this landscape is just astonishing; and in my opinion, the only North Island drive to compete with that of the mighty South Island.