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Apr 7, 2011 - NZ Day 5, Geothermals

Woke up to a very chilly, raining, windy morning on the lake. Stepped out of the tent to find hundreds of geese and a few black swans floating on the waters edge. We did not hear anymore sirens go off during the night but Jason asked the owner of the grounds and she acted as if it were normal. Normal to her I guess but not to us, she said that everyone who stays here asks the same question and she said it goes off if there is a forest fire or an accident....she was dumb founded that we only ever heard that siren go off if there was an...

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Mar 27, 2011 - Raindrops keep falling on my head ..

More lashing rain. Managed to find Nick & Sarah at their backpackers and wake them up (9:30 !). They had not been lucky with the weather so far, and their bus driver had chanced his arm (and their baggage below)on driving through a flooded road – nett effect: bus in ditch and Sarah’s baggage soaked through and her mobile phone kaput. To add to their disappointments, the weather was too bad for them to do the Tongariro Crossing as planned, so we all traipsed off to a hot pool by the river in the pouring rain – those of us that went in the...

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Mar 25, 2011 - The Gumboot Throwing Capital of the World

As we had discovered our only chance of meeting up with the newly engaged Nick & Sarah Orton was to drive to Taupo pretty quickly, we set off at 3:00 p.m. for the 5 hour drive, the highlight (?) of which was passing through Taihape which prides itself on being the gumboot throwing capital of the world, and celebrates this with a giant statue of a gumboot in the centre of town ! (if you didn’t see that Ed, I thought it would appeal). The lowlight was driving across the military ranges high on the plateau above Lake Taupo in the dark and...

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Mar 3, 2011 - Taupo

Arrived 3rd March Departed 8th March Stopped in Rotorua for a few hours on the way to Taupo and all the memories and mine and Vicki’s trip here 7 years ago came flooding back! We even stopped at the same hostel we had stayed in! I was supposed to skydive on arrival in Taupo and was all dressed ready to go when the weather turned so we were unable to go!  Weather was rubbish for the following few days so still no dive! New Zealand Iron Man 2011 was held on the Saturday and I even got up at 6am to watch the swim start. I say watch, it was...

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Feb 19, 2011 - Day 2 of Rotorua Trip

19th Feb '11 I said I would tell you what Zorb Balls are. The zorb is an ancient animal now extinct that lived in NZ. Now you know what zorb balls are. Ok ok, just kidding! They are actually these great big see through plastic balls, with a smaller ball inside where you climb in. They pour a bit of water in with you, seal it up, and push the ball down a hill. It is hilarious to watch. See the pictures. Pictures may not be in order as I had trouble downloading them. We got up early in the morning, and went down to Lake Rotorua before...

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Feb 11, 2011 - Lake Taupo

Before we reached Lake Taupo stopped off at Huka Falls. If you like waterfalls these were fabulous and used for white water rafting also. As you will see Roy and I went on the speed boat through the falls, 3rd row back you can just make us out. Arrived mid afternoon and wandered around and then went to the Information to find B&B. Again successful with views of the Lake which were stunning. They had no-one else in so gave us a suite of rooms with kitchen dining room, laundry etc. (Only used the bedroom as we were off out). Drove into Lake...

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Nov 30, 2010 - Taupo

leaving rotorua and it's geothermal pools behind...and the smell!!! passing lady knox geyser, that erupts every morning at 10.15 with a little help of soap to huka falls, which has over 200.000l of water per s going down! i know i am throwing only facts at you...but i got so lazy with this jounal! sorry ;-) stop for today...lake taupo...a lake bigger than singapore and time for us to go for a little swim in the afternoon and quiz night at the irish pub...good times!

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Nov 29, 2010 - Taupo

From Maketu and our cultural stop, feeling now like authentic Maoris and with slightly sore thighs we headed south to Taupo. On the way we stopped off at Rotorua. We knew we were getting close by the stench of rotten egg that started filling the air. This is due to it being the central point for geothermal activity in New Zealand - a word I have heard alot but still have limited idea exactly what it means except that New Zealand is probably a gian volcano which may blow at any time. Rather than do any activities around here, or mud spas and...

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Nov 16, 2010 - Day Four (which is really Day 3 of the actual tour)-Lake Taupo

Today started with a drive through the volcanic Wairakei area from stinky Rotorua to beautiful, pristine Lake Taupo, where I participated in a high ropes course during the morning. On the way, we stopped at Huka Falls, a beautiful fast-flowing waterfall/river for some pictures. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for the crazy things I'm going to be doing in Queenstown in a few days, so the high ropes course in Rotorua seemed a good fit. Stupidly, I wore shorts today because it was warm and I wasn't thinking. I don't think the ropes...

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Oct 30, 2010 - Taupo for summer!

Kia Ora Well Folks I think I have found heaven. I have landed in a place called Taupo. It is in the North Island and is slap bang in the middle. The town is situated on Lake Taupo which is so big you can fit the whole of singapore in it with a little room left over. When I arrived here the sun was shining and the view is to die for. At the moment there are 3 prominent mountains that can be seen from Taupo. They are in the Tongariro National Park. These mountains are still covered in snow and on a good day glimmer in the light. Out of the...

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Sep 22, 2010 - Taupo

Our night in Taupo consisted of a drive round the town followed by a nice cheap backpackers meal in a local Irish pub which included a drink of course. The next day we went to Wairaki terraces (maori cultural experience), they were doing some amendments to the place so we got in at a discount rate. Not to much to see but they did have a maori replica village which was ok and the steam of the terraces was like a mist. We then stopped of at L'arte cafe which was just off Acacia bay which had some beautiful mosiac art in the gardens very...

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Sep 7, 2010 - Skydive In Taupo

Inevitably, I slept through the stop we made on the bus at Huka Falls, but I had already seen the falls on the drive down from Auckland in June. Once at Base, we all checked in and tried to work out what to do in the pouring rain that would be Taupo for the next two nights. Sky diving had been cancelled of course but we were to find out for the following morning. So the 16 of us clubbed together 5 bucks each and went to Pak'n Save to cook up spaghetti bolognese for dinner that night. We ended up with cooked spaghetti for about 50 which we...

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