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Jan 28, 2007 - Lake Taupo

Taupo. Right in the middle of the North Island. The weather has got much better and it's about 25 degrees - although apparently the sun damage factor in NZ is as it would be if it were 10 degrees hotter. If you put on sun cream that's less than factor 30 the Kiwis think you're a twat. They're probably right. Anyway this is where Lerty lives. I haven't seen him for about 9 years I reckon but Nic thinks I should track him down and report on the size of his smallholding!

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May 18, 2006 - Lake Taupo - Beautiful Scenery & SkyDiving!

Travelling the short distance from touristy Rotorua, via various weird and wonderful goethermal places in between, I reached the lake-side town of Taupo. Only in the morning did I decide to have a go at tandem skydiving (it is the cheapest in the world and the weather was perfect so how could I not?). We were all crammed into a small propeller plane, climbed to 12,000ft, had a silly photo of us just before we jumped out of the plane (with the professional strapped securely in behind us). Really good fun. The second day at Lake Taupo was...

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Apr 17, 2006 - Lake Taupo - Napier - Lake Taupo

In an attempt to not destroy the whole day we awoke early and went to see the craters of the moon, a thermal active park with steaming mud pools which you can walk around. We also checked out the very noisy Huka falls which we had managed to camp next to the night before. All very impressive even in the rain but not really the same as throwing oneself out of a plane!!! After a quick phone call to the information centre and the relief of the glasses being found safe and sound in the toilets, we drove the 3 hours back to Napier cancelling our...

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Jan 10, 2006 - Athenree - Taupo

Moved now into the area of probably the most active Thermal area in New Zealand. Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand and is pretty impressive. The site we have moved into for a couple of days is just out of town but is quiet and has all the amenities expected, clean & equipped. Having driven through Paeroa, Te Aroha, Matamata, Tokoroa ensuring we avoided Rotorua as this is planned for another day, as we hope to book into a Thermal Tent site which actually heats the ground the tent is on !! Lovely Jubbly as to have under floor...

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Jan 3, 2006 - Lake Taupo- Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon

Lake Taupo is in the heart of the north island and was formed by one of the greatest volcanic explosions of all time. The surrounding area is still volcanically active but hopefully not tonight because we planned to set up camp here for the night. We had views of the lake as we approached Taupo and pitched our tent beside the lake. Paul was still struggling to understand the NZ pronunciations and picked up a pen when asked to enter his pin number. Lake Taupo is the source of NZ's longest river, the Waikato, which flows to Huka falls. Huka...

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Nov 24, 2005 - Taupo

Another scenic journey from Napier to Taupo. Unfortunately it was only once we set off that we realised that the Visitor Information centre would have given us a leaflet to make the most of the lookouts and points of interest along the way. Not having the leaflet was probably a blessing because we found plenty to keep us amused once we hot to Taupo. The town spreads out along the North Western shores of the biggest lake in New Zealand. As the day was overcast and threatening rain the beauty of Lake Taupo did not reveal itself to us until...

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Mar 8, 2005 - Walking in Mordor

Another new driver today, this time a completely mental Kiwi called Rob, whose commentary seems to include not only whatever it was he was intending to tell you, but every passing thought in his head as well. e.g. "So folks, we're now driving alongside Lake Rotorua which means Second Lake now what the hell is this guy doing, don't you know what indicators are for mate? and was named by the tribe as they came through on their Waka and Hmm, did I book everyone in tonight yet or not, must remember to ring ahead and check with the hostel when...

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Down Under Tour '04

Dec 12, 2004 - catching up briefly

lets see, since my last entry-well up the north island of NZ, to Tongariro nat. park, an awesome 17 kilometer walk, through active volcanic landscape, much of it used as Mordor in lord of the rings, I even hiked part way up 'Mt Doom" and I have collected rock samples, as per my usual travel habits! I was very ill prior to the 'crossing' 3 days in the tiny comunity of National Park, but recovered along with the terrible weather to do the walk. Awesome! like visiting Mars. Prior to that a visit to windy Wellington, and a tour of the NZ...

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Nov 18, 2004 - Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park

We got up at 6.30am with good intentions of doing the Tongariro Crossing.. but the weather had other ideas and our trip was cancelled. Decided that the walking boots could probably do with some limbering up and so set off to see Taranaki Falls, a nice two hour walk.

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