You might not believe that we are already one month into Spring, especially given that Taupo has declared a State of Emergency due to heavy snow!
Heavy snow, up to a metre deep in places, closed roads throughout the central North Island, and required 668(!) travellers to be rescued from their vehicles on the Napier-Taupo Road.
A nice reminder to pack some extra things to make your stay more comfortable, should you ever get stuck somewhere on a road trip. My sleeping bag is one of the first things to go in the car if I'm off on a road trip - even if I'm going to be staying in hotels! And it's more pleasant for everyone involved if you've got something to snack on squirreled away - kids with low blood sugar is an emergency in its own right!