Flashpacking New Zealand with Stray – Day 5 – National Park

The following is posted from the road during the middle of a month long trip through New Zealand with Stray.  If you don’t know who stray is, read the intro to the trip or check out their website.

In an attempt to give you an idea of what the trip is like I’ll be posting like I was writing a journal, but with some practical information in case you want to follow in my footsteps.

Shooting Clay Pigeons at Blue Duck Lodge

Shooting Clay Pigeons at Blue Duck Lodge.

Today’s main activity was supposed to be the Tongariro Crossing, listed New Zealand’s best day walk.  Unfortunately, this was canceled due to bad weather and we decided we had time to sleep in at the Blue Duck Lodge.

Before departing today, we had the opportunity to shoot clay pigeons and get some more axe tossing in.  One of our group earned the nickname “shooter” by shooting all 10 of his clay discs and breaking the previous stray record of 6.  I gave it a shot and hit three of the clay “birds”, which I decided wasn’t bad for never holding a shotgun before.  I also gave the axe a toss and hit the target on my third swing, which was enough for me.

Axe Throwing at Blue Duck Lodge

Axe Throwing at Blue Duck Lodge

We boarded the bus before noon and head to “the Park” hotel, which is in the town of “National Park” on the edge of, yes, you guessed it, a national park called “National Park”.  As the weather was awful, I decided today would be a perfect day to relax, take it easy and do nothing.

The Park seemed a great place to do this – great café, decent Internet and a two spas situated next to each other.  I ended up catching up on some Internet items, having a nice coffee, and soaking in the spa a bit before meeting up with a few others for dinner.  Drinks by the fireplace soon followed and an early night was had by most.

Accommodation: The Park
Activity: Nothing today (Tongariro Crossing canceled due to weather)

Go back and read about what happened the previous day or find out what happened next.

The above is posted from the road during the middle of a month long trip through New Zealand with Stray.  If you don’t know who stray is, read the intro to the trip with stray or check out their website.

In an attempt to give you an idea of what the trip is like I’ll be posting like I was writing a journal, but with some practical information in case you want to follow in my footsteps.

DISCLOSURE: I HAVE RECEIVED A DISCOUNTED TOUR PACKAGE  WITH STRAY BUT WILL MAINTAIN AN HONEST OUTLOOK AND PASS ALONG BOTH THE GOOD AND THE BAD AS ACCURATELY AS I CAN.