Hawkes Bay is famous for its wines and this one, Mission Estate, is the oldest winery in New Zealand. It was also just down the road from our little cottage which meant that we just couldn't pass it by.
The Blue Lake taken from the Eastern flank of Tongariro. Because of volcanic action this is about as far as you can go on the crossing. Normally you'd be able to hike past the Blue Lake but at the moment this section is closed.