Our first stop for today was Raurimu, the Railway Spiral. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raurimu_Spiral
Then we continued to Whakapapa in the Tongariro National Park.
Unfortunately the weather was not as expected. No views of the Mt. Ruapehu (Active Volcano) today. But The Grand Chateau was magnificent even in the mist.
Then we followed SH47 towards Turangi. It is called the Capitol of trout fishing.
From Turangi we drove on SH1 along the lake Taupo to Taupo, our destination for today.