(Location: Tongariro to Wellington, New Zealand)

Day 5: Easter Monday
We continued south from Tongariro, past field after field after field of sheep. There are 7 million sheep in New Zealand. Pretty sure we saw 1/4 of them this day. Despite the hard lesson learned of being “homeless” on the first night in Rotorua, we somehow forgot to plan where we were going to stay Monday night. So there we were, with a giant van, in downtown Wellington. I saw this an a window of opportunity, and we wound up spending the night at the Intercontinental (and they let us park the beast in front !). I called this a vacation from the vacation, and took full advantage of fluffy towels, a giant soaking tub, and a hair dryer.

 
 

Next stop: To the South Island