6/11/2009

New Zealand roads

One of the many differences between the US and NZ is the road system. In the US, you can take several roads to get out of just about any town, no matter how small. Here, every place has basically two ways to go if you are trying to get to the next city. The inland cities of Hamilton and Palmerston North have more than two ways out, but that's not much to brag about.
Here's a map to show you what I mean:
Hubby sometimes takes me on some minor detours when we go out, but it's nothing at all like 'getting there another way'. The downside of the road system here that you have to see the same things over and over if you are going in a direction you've already been.
Being that we live in Taranaki (the lump on the left side of the island), we travel Highway 3 a lot. There is a point where you can see:
Mt. Taranaki/Mt Egmont on one side of the road

And Ruapehu on the other side.

It's a small compensation, but I never saw anything like this in Kansas!

13 comments:

Pink Ink said...

Cool photos!!

Yes, I can see how these mountains would be new to you, Kansas girl :-)

Warren Baldwin said...

Hey there,
I live in Kansas and I've never seen sights like this here either! Beautiful.

Marja said...

I know what you are talking about Mount Taranaki looks nice. In 2 years time when my brother comes we are going to discover the North Island

ellievellie said...

That is a very clean air you have there - you can see far! Taranaki - where is the name coming from?

bettyl said...

Taranaki is a tribal name. I believe 'naki' means 'door'.

ladyfi said...

Beautiful views! Love it.

Hillori said...

I love your blog! My sister was born in NZ! I've never been though, but I've lived in Kansas and Iowa growing up! I found you on Best Post of the Week, and enjoy much! Do you live there permanently now?

Sissy said...

I'm jealous... I'm in Nebraska. Nebraska does not look like that.

Cairo Typ0 said...

I miss driving vacations. Or heck, jsut driving weekends. :) Driving by beautiful sights like that can't be beat. :)

Lorac said...

I see all the snow on the mountains and they look close. I was wondering what your temperature ranges are there?

Lorac said...

By the way i feed the fish, they're good!

bettyl said...

Lorac, it's hard to explain the weather, but Taranaki is about the same distance from the equator as Kansas, if that helps. We don't have snow like Kansas because NZ is so small and the ocean winds keep the north island warm.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Actually I like that concept. It must help with not getting lost. :)