New Zealand 13 March: Taupō - National Park

Into the mountains!

Our day started with Nurari running beside the beautiful Lake Taupō

Preetidutta...so happy running in the rain!

Burger Fuel kindly gave a discount on some delicious burgers for the whole team!
They were very tasty and literally disappeared in seconds

Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the Peace Run.

Deputy Mayor Rosie Harvey holding our torch.

We have a lovely ceremony with city representatives at the statue of Sri Chinmoy.

Thank you to Shawn Vennell from Greening Taupō for your support and for all the trees you are planting!

The Peace Run makes a new friend from England.

The plaque at the statue of Sri Chinmoy.

A rainbow greets us at Tauhara Primary School where we run between the enthusiastic students lining the field. What a welcome!

...and here come the runners; students and Peace Runners together.

One happy peace maker.

That's it, you guessed right! Sandro is from Italy.

Learning the World Harmony Run song.

Bright faces.

Peace is in my heart...

Adding another leaf to our Peace Tree...

Thumbs up! Yes, that is peaceful.

Fantastic school values at Tauhara School

The kids plant a Peace Tree in their school yard.

Before we leave we are offered a very generous and healthy snack to keep us very going. Thank you so much Tauhara School.

The torch arriving at Waipahihi School.

We have a fantastic time at Waipahihi Primary with very smart children guessing where we are from.

I know the answer!

"We are the oneness and fulness of Tomorrow's Sun"

"Hey, can I join in?"

Is that peaceful?

A new leaf sprouts on our Peace Tree.

New messages of hope and peace are placed into our kete to take with us to the next school.

Thank you for your kind and beautiful words.

...and off for a run!

Teamwork always wins hands down.

Shawn from Greening Taupō involves the children in the planting process.

We visit the Peace Tree that we planted two years ago in the Waipahihi Botanical Reserve.

Meeting with dear friends. Councillor John Wilkinson, April and Vernon from the Tauhara Centre, and Kai all give their good wishes.

The magnificent Huka Falls

...the view is stunning. Enough water to fill five olympic pools every minute.

...and then the rain hits us

...keeping us cool as we run

...through the beautiful landscape.