"Mountaintop Discovery, Ruapehu"
Three 19th century explorers dicover a hidden outfall from a crater lake high above. This is Mt Ruapehu, a volcano that still lives.
Being up on the volcanoes of the Central North Island Plateau gives one a feeling of being on top of the world.
All around the land falls away - one is literally on the top of the North Island and in good weather there is a bracing quality of light and clarity in the air that is hard to describe, except to say that it is unforgettable.
It is also a fact that New Zealand's position gives it a noticeably bright quality of light.