We ended up leaving town later than planned, so we didn't get to the park until 10...only to find out that the gate closes at 9 pm! :-( So we grabbed a few of the things that we'd need for the night and started walking. We found a decent spot (in the dark! haha) and put up the tent. Maggie had never put up a tent before so it was a fun adventure. :-)
Here is Maggie and Gillian the next morning. We realized that we were at the wrong part of the park! So we took down the tent and drove to the right entrance. To find out that gate closes at 8 pm, good to know for the next time! Haha...
So Maggie and I drove back to town (it is only about 30 minutes away) grabbed the bigger tent, my other shoes (because the grass was wet and my shoes got soaked!) and bug repellent and headed back out. Here is a picture of Maggie putting in a stake.
After we got everything set-up and had some lunch, we went for a walk. We camped right next to the river, behind some trees, it is the best spot there! My friend Jamie showed me where it was. :-)
The three of us on the bridge over the water. Don't look down! Lol, actually this one isn't as high as Waihine Gorge, so it's not too bad.
This is where they filmed "Rivendell" in the Lord of the Rings triology. So they put up some markers and we took our photos. :-)
This was cool, it showed the heights of the various characters in the books. As you can see, I'm jsut shorter than a wizard...I'll take that! :-)