Driving to our grandson’s wedding, we fled up the country as the roads were closed behind us by snow, slips and ice. A day later and we wouldn’t have made it. The storm hit with a vengeance the following day, and we wondered how it would be for the wedding. About an hour or so before the ceremony there was a rainbow, and by the time we gathered the rain had stopped.
Coming home the sky was clear and blue, and the roads opened ahead of us. The mountains were beautiful in the sun. So blessed.
Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu are the volcanoes of the Central Plateau, beloved in Maori legend.