Bacon Perkins at the RWC in New Zealand 2011 travel blog

Lake Taupo

Waikato river

Karapiro Rowing Course

Our hostess Jocelyn

Te Awamuto

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Waikato River

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Waikato River 2

Had a look round Taupo and the Waikato River and then set off on the road to Hamilton. This mostly follows the river and we eventually reached Lake Karapiro home of New Zealand Rowing and last year's World Champs. Had a chat in the gym with a tall blonde amazon who was hoping to be at the Olympics next year. Very impressive lake and course with wonderful facilities. Arrived in Te Awamuta and walked up and down the main street. Popped in for a beer at the Commercial Hotel, which raised a few eyebrows later as it's considered a bit of a dive. Must admit the topless waitress was not on until the next evening! We then arrived at Jocelyn and Ashley's house for our overnight stay. There we met Frank and another Jocelyn and we had supper together. The company was good and so was the food. Ash and Jocelyn were putting us up and they were extremely hospitable.

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