We had a reorganization challenge facing us as we had pulled equipment from every corner of the our car. Additionally our clothes were wet and dirty from a thorough soaking in the river...so we searched for and found a nice place through Air B&B.
Our hosts were just wonderful...with a beautiful home in New Plymouth. We were able to dry out the tent, run our clothes through the washer and get our car back in order. We were also able to catch up on emails, touch base with family and otherwise get back in touch with the world.
It was a very dreary and rainy day but there was a short break in the rain that we took advantage of for an afternoon excursion. We made our way to Egmont National Park which includes the volcano, Mt. Taranaki. It is a lush, green forested area with huge moss covered trees. It is home to the endangered kiwi (which is a nocturnal animal and so is very difficult to see) and other rare bird species. We took a short walk through the forest and retreated just before the rain came again in torrents.
We made our way back to town and pampered ourselves with a massage and dinner out.