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Published: December 13th 2017
Geo: -38.6866, 176.07
Not knowing quite what the weather would be like, we chose to stick closer to home:
First stop: Huka Falls.
Second: Orakei Korako (cave & thermal park)
Third: Aratiatia dam
Fourth: Weirakai Thermal Walk and campground
We liked to say that we were in and out of the clouds all day rather than that it rained occasionally. Our Christmas gift-coats worked great for both warmth and waterproofing.
The weather was getting cooler too, and by the time we arrived home from our adventures around 5, it was very wet and cold and windy. Lake Taupo had whitecaps!
We had to wait a little while before immersing ourselves once again in the wonderful thermal baths just outside. Ahhhhh.
Tomorrow is time to pack up again and head about 6 hours' drive south to Wellington, to visit with Mary Jo Mohlmaster's distant cousin (we hope we find the right house and they speak English, or it might be like the Griswold's Excellent European Vacation movie) for 2 nights. Let's hope the warmer weather returns too.
The night cleared up wonderfully but we cannot tell which constellation is the Southern Cross.
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