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Sep 11, 2017 - Lake Taupo

Expect the unexpected – and today, the unexpected was that our plan for the day went as expected! Finally, a day with little rain and even periods of warm sunshine, made for a good setting for our first adventure of the day. We drove from Turangi alongside Lake Taupo to the town of Taupo. The lake, one of many volcanic lakes in the area, is beautiful, with a twisting road along the shoreline that makes driving it interesting and provides many scenic views. We arrived at the town dock and met our skipper, Jamie of Barbary Cruises, for our...

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RandA's Kiwi Kapers

Sep 8, 2017 - Taupo

September 8, 2017 Some more facts about the east coast of the North Island: The number one industry is timber and not tourism. Near Rotorua is a large redwood forest which was a joint project between the US and NZ at the turn of the century. The NZ trees grew 3 times faster than those in the US. Other trees do the same in NZ. Thus, they log the trees and replant so that they are sustainable. We see evidence of this all over. We literally have been living in a crater that had 3 volcanos in it. There has been so much rain this year that they...

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2017 New Zealand

Sep 7, 2017 - Rotorua to Taupo

September 7, 2017 The trip last night to the Tamaki Maori Village was not only a hoot but also, very touching. We were the first to be picked up before going to various hotels that would take us to the Maori village 15 km out of town. Our driver who introduced himself with a 57 letter Maori name said we could call him George! When he learned that Kweller is a Polish name he spoke to us in Polish. He then launched into a dialogue about the comparison of American football and NZ rugby, George being a center on his team. Rugy is a “real” man’s...

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2017 New Zealand

Jul 18, 2017 - Lake Taupo

We arrived in Taupo in the evening after a quick one hour bus ride from Rotorua. We took a quick walk around the small park near the bus station as they illuminate during the winter months. We both decided we immediately liked this place. We decided to stay in a hostel close to the centre having stayed in AirBnB's since arriving in New Zealand. Our hostel was lovely and had the cheapest beers in Taupo which suited us just fine. We had a private room with an ensuite which was also a bonus. The next morning we decided to head up to the Huka...

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Mar 11, 2017 - Exploring

I've had a busy couple of weekend's exploring a couple of places within easy driving distance. Last weekend a colleague recommended I go to see "The Blue Springs" in Putaruru, about an hour outside of Tauranga. The water is so pure in the springs, it makes it appear a brilliant aqua blue, like a tropical paradise. Good 10km "tramp" alongside it too, really beautiful. This weekend, I have spent some time in Taupo. I was originally supposed to be doing the Tongariro crossing but we've had some torrential rain this week and it wouldn't have...

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Mar 17, 2016 - Day 14 in Taupo

Today began overcast but not wet or windy. First off we went to Aratiatia Rapids to see the dam gates of the hydro electric power station open allowing a massive amount of water to flow down the gorge for about 15 mins, although it was 40 mins till everything got back to normal. It was a very powerful display. A after that we went back into town via a circuitous route to have some lunch before Visiting the magnificent Huka Falls. Once again, the dominant power of water on display. From there we visited the geothermal site Craters of the...

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Mar 16, 2016 - Day 13 Rotorua to Taupo

Got going a little earlier this morning and said good-bye to Yong before heading off. He shook Mick's hand and gave me a hug and we thanked him for his hospitality. From there we headed off to check out the Rotorua Golf Club, which is the only geothermal golf club in the world. It is undulating and has hot pools and mud pools on the course, and the topography changes throughout the year as mounds grow and depressions develop. We passed by the Te Puia thermal centre but decided to give it a miss due to cost and commercialism. After 3 days in...

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Jan 27, 2016 - Taupo.

Monday 25th Jan. Headed back inland to again cover a route we hadn't travelled before hence passing through a lovely place called Te Aroha and perfect for our lunch stop. It was originally an old fashioned spa town but they have restored a lot of the old buildings and the area is kept immaculately. Of course it does have the obligatory hot water spout but actually quite pathetic by NZ standards. Short walk around and then back on road. Its about another 3 hours drive but we do already have a motel booked so doesn't matter when we arrive. We...

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Dec 29, 2015 - Heading south

After a lovely evening with Wendy, Peter and family at their beautiful house in Cambridge we made it to Taupo. It was a boiling hot day and the mountains still have snowy peaks. Caught up with the McGregors out at Kinloch for some fun on the lake and we are now with the Woodmasses who we haven't seen for ages! Having a good catch up and soaking in their brilliant view.

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Our Year Out

Nov 30, 2015 - Lake Taupo

Although both of us are a bit battered and bruised from the kayaking and the cave hiking (me more than Al) - we ventured out to New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo - formed by a volcanic explosion which was recorded around 200 AD by the Chinese and the Romans as three days of darkness. Other explosions (one as early as 1996) made the lake deeper and dropped the level of the water. (New Zealand is basically one big volcano). Along the way, we stopped at the powerful Haku Falls where approximately 15% of New Zealand's power is generated....

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Aug 11, 2015 - Road Trip-Taupo

Arrive Taupo about 4ish after nice drive up. Stop for comfort stops plus late breakfast/brunch at Sanson(The woolshed) Check into the motel close to the Town centre so that can go for a wander. But hey-they don't have the cricket(World Cup series quarter final) on the TV-Impossible!!!. So pack up and relocate to a motel which does-very nice one too down by the waterfront on the main road. Then off for a walk(and some shopping) in Taupo with a meal and a drink at the Cossie Club(plus some cricket) before heading back to the motel for the...

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OUR VISIT TO HELEN

May 12, 2014 - Waimangu

Day 4 Distance: 91 Total: 619 Campground: Debrett’s Resort, Taupo After breakfast and a somewhat later than usual start, we head toward Taupo. Since we are in the heart of the New Zealand geothermal area we had several options to choose from for exploring this morning. Our exploring stop was at the Waimangu geothermal area which is unique in that it was formed only about 125 years ago after an eruption of one of the volcanoes which destroyed many of the existing craters and geothermal formations. As we walked along the valley in the morning...

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