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April 4th 2017
Published: April 4th 2017
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Rainy view of Lake Taupo from our room Rainy view of Lake Taupo from our room Rainy view of Lake Taupo from our room

Not very inspiring today but honest, it was beautiful in the sun!
We've been silent because we were making the most of the good weather 😎! However, today the remnants of tropical cyclone Debbie which caused loss of life and a lot of damage in Queensland has hit New Zealand. On the advice of our next Airbnb host who recently had guests marooned in his area after heavy rain, we are missing out today's planned journey to the Coromandel Peninsula and have stayed put in Taupo. We ventured out earlier this morning to explore Kinloch around the lake from Taupo but, having had our fill of the amazing geothermal experiences of the area including sitting in HOT water along the Huka River, we've now retreated indoors.

So, what else have we been up to since the last update?

After our lovely day in the Abel Tasman NP we packed up ready to cross to North Island. The ferry journey from Picton through the Sounds and across the Cook Straits to Wellington was wonderful even though the day was dull. Our hotel in Wellington had great views and we managed our usual self-guided walking tour before the clouds rolled in again. Wellington's bonus prize for a rainy day was the wonderful Te Papa museum.

Next stop was Napier where our Airbnb delivered another beautiful view and we had two glorious days of Art Deco architecture (this time the self-guided walking tour had sunburn thrown in!), cycling through vineyards and apple orchards, wine tasting, a huge shared seafood platter, a concert by the NZ Symphony Orchestra and more.

But then it was time to move on to Taupo which boasts the largest freshwater lake in NZ. And yes you've guessed correctly, our room here overlooks said lake although today it's not very pretty. However we were lucky with the two previous days in that the forecasted storm didn't materialise so we were able to see the Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon and the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal areas.

Sad to be missing Hahei, Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove but they are now added to the growing 'Next Time' list. Hopefully off towards the Bay of Islands area tomorrow.


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View from room in WellingtonView from room in Wellington
View from room in Wellington

Sun beginning to set below the low level clouds - very atmospheric!
Needs rotating! Art Deco fountain in NapierNeeds rotating! Art Deco fountain in Napier
Needs rotating! Art Deco fountain in Napier

Apparently the designer was inspired by one in Bournemouth
Whoops again - can't figure out how to rotate!Whoops again - can't figure out how to rotate!
Whoops again - can't figure out how to rotate!

In front of the Devil's Bath, colour of the water is natural and due to sulphur and ferrous salts
Mark out to win NZ$10,000 by attempting to hit a hole-in-one at Lake TaupoMark out to win NZ$10,000 by attempting to hit a hole-in-one at Lake Taupo
Mark out to win NZ$10,000 by attempting to hit a hole-in-one at Lake Taupo

Unfortunately he left the prize for someone else to win!


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