On a road trip to Wellington this is as close as we got to M0unt Taranaki.
It is massive, over whelming and a rush to your senses the first time you see this volcanic mountain.
We were heading South to Wellington. I was keeping a friend company as he had just picked up a second hand car in Auckland and was driving it back to Wellington. A second hand Porsche Cayenne. A demo model but still a steal of a deal. The car handeled beautifully. The long roads empty of traffic and the sports mode made the road handling a breeze. Not to mention the ex rally car driver behind the wheel, and thats another story.
As we reached the beggining of the desert road about three hours out side of Wellington, a large stretching plain opens up with forested sides, ringed with bright yellow flowers, a beautiful thing to behold. This road is notoriously dangerous for driving and spills in bad weather. It is the main highway that runs from North to South.
It was late spring and the summer months were beconing us on. As we cut our way along a narrow piece of the road, there she was. Standing behind us. I must say I was more than surprised. It was like being chased down by a giant. Your senses open up to a feeling of ore. Where did this thing come from! Surprisingly we were still miles away from it, but what they never tell you in the guide books is how this incredible force of nature makes you feel. Now I know why so many of the Lord of the rings movies were made in New Zealand. It has a feeling not of this earth.Its a striking feeling like no other. The raw sensation of being so close to something so massive that has come not from the human hand but from the hand of mother nature. Its really impressive and frightening in equal measure. So if you feel like a mind blowing experience head to Wellington for the weekend. Amazing.