Spent the past two days wandering around Taranaki. Slept in Hawera in an adorable little cottage that we stumbled across (what luck!) and finally got around to washing our clothes! Taranaki has an incredible natural environment – the picture perfect Mt. Taranaki skirted by lush green plains and pristine empty black sand surf beaches. Taranaki is fringed by a dynamic coast…we were lucky enough to experience it yesterday…the photos can speak for themselves. How can a country be this beautiful?