tongariro river road trip. new zealand weekend

We packed up, three of us into this little old honda and drove north for the river I'd been dreaming about fishing in since I saw Rob and Tom fish it in in their TV series 'A River Somewhere' some time in the mid-nighties. It has been a river that's seemed unreachable, another country someplace unobtainable. But one afternoon when the opportunity was presented I decided that I'd go fish that stunning river. When I got here I was lost for words.

Thankfully I had my fly rod. I fished for hours. Beautiful, just beautiful.

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But as usual it wasn't just the destination. It was the things was saw on the way that captivated us.

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Those strange towns that are just a fleeting memory now.

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The accommodation that will forever remain in our memories....

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The night life....

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The cuisine........garlic marinated paua straight from the sea

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I cooked it with a little wine and butter......with some fries

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The further inland we went the meatier the food became!

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more to come.......