Blogs from Taupo, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo February 17th 2023

Loved the place so much we decided to stay for another day. The marina is an investment area … 142 moorings (called allotments) only … there are NO fees … the boat owner OWNS the allotment … current price per allotment $500 000. Definitely a wealthy person’s area. A further 1 000 blocks are being developed in the countryside around Kinloch, however the number of moorings will remain at 142 … supply and demand … drives the price up. We’ve researched the Hicks Bay to Gisborne to Napier to Hastings road conditions … infrastructure damage … e.g. bridges swept away … property damage etc … absolute destruction in sections … Landslips, washaways, rivers broken banks … so will reassess our routes in 2-3 days’ time depending on road openings. Jane is reluctant, I am waiting on ... read more
Beginning of walk.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Wairakei February 16th 2023

Up well before the sun. Swans rush to greet me. Reminds me of Como foreshore. We leave early and find a quiet spot on the banks of Lake Taupo to have breakfast before heading to Taupo. Nice, however in our opinion, not ‘raveable’. An ordinary town situated on Lake Taupo. Busy. Huka Falls was the highlight. Flowing over a 9m fall in a narrow gorge at 200 000L/second, enough to fill 5 Olympic size swimming pools per minute. Cyclone Gabrielle had cut a swathe through the Taupo area. Hundreds of trees, many of them massive in height and girth, had been uprooted or split in half. Landslides and rockfalls were many. Numerous workmen were busy with chainsaws, cranes and other heavy lifting equipment as were opportunists gathering future firewood. I suggested we head to Kinloch about ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo December 3rd 2022

Sorry! I have been so busy doing nothing that I didn't get around to completing my story of our travels to Norway and England. As we have been home for 4 months I will try to remember what where and when we did things. After spending our 4 weeks with Pete and Helen in Corsham we traveled by bus up to London where we took up residence in the St Giles Hotel situated close to the world famous London shopping street, Oxford St. We were joined at the Hotel by our friends, Lydia and Michael, from NZ and were very lucky to have their company for our 4 days in London. Lydia and Michael were in London to visit their daughter and her new twin daughters. Great excitement for them as they had been hanging out ... read more
Canal Boats.
Di With Her Cousin Chris.
An Evening Walk.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo June 7th 2022

Here we are, 3 weeks after arriving in Bergen, enjoying our time with Chris, Hege, Lilly and Stella. So much to enjoy and celebrate, we have been extremely busy. Of course our trip over, after so much time being unable to travel, was filled with anticipation. Our arrival lived up to that anticipation when we were meet at Bergen Airport by Chris and our gorgeous granddaughters Lilly and Stella. Oh, the hysterical laughter when they both ran to us to give a huge welcoming hug. The laughter was a mix of emotion, joy and the fact that they had grown so much since we last saw them Oct 19. Lilly now towers over Diane and is my height and Stella is taller than Di as well. They have both developed so much. We spent the first ... read more
Norwegian Day
Norwegian Day.
Norwegian Day.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo May 11th 2022

Well, Hello Again. After about 5 months of no blog I feel it is time to outline some big changes in our life. There have been some exciting happenings over the last half year. But at the present time the most exciting news is that we are going to leave NZ for a few weeks to travel to Norway once again, to see our family after not being able to travel since October 2019 due to Govid. So excited to be able to catch up with Chris, Hege, Lilly and Stella in person, rather than relying on Snap Chats, Skype etc. To be able to physically hug everyone will be amazing. To be able to see how much the girls have grown since our last visit, to watch their sport, to walk in the hills, and ... read more
Exercising the Horses.
Orcas In the Inlet.
Our New House In Taupo.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Hilltop October 16th 2019

20th August - 25th August 2019 To get us off in the right spirits of living in a van, and to ease us in, Charlie had booked 5 nights at an expensive ($50!) fancy campsite called DeBretts in Taupo with pristine heated bathrooms, a big kitchen and for $12 extra you could use their naturally heated thermal pools. Which we took FULL advantage of in the cold weather, even sneaking in a bottle of two of fizzy Lindaur wine to the private pools. It is quite incredible how quickly you become accustomed to walking around in your dressing gown without a care what people think! The ultimate bonus of this campsite compared to our first night was having power! We could now use our little electric fan heater and warm up the van to make it ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo May 25th 2018

Taupo has always stuck in our minds as a beautiful place, the North Island's equivalent of Queenstown - the latter dubbed as the adventure capital of NZ and the former a smaller version of in many ways. A typical lakeside town with restaurants and cafes along the front and snow capped mountains in the distant views, except these were nowhere to be seen. Couple with the rain of course are many a cloud that hang around the peaks, obscuring the vistas. We had doubted our memory on arrival as only small hills were visible, but the next day's sunshine brought clearer skies and our freedom campsite, backed up to the lakefront, looked directly into Mount Tongariro, the volcanic icon of Tongariro National Park. After the wet day on arrival, and still lacking our full outdoor waterproofs, ... read more
Taupo Markets
Taupo Markets
Celestial Wines, Taupo Market

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo March 13th 2018

The springs in the park were good but for a full-on geothermal experience one needs to part with cash. We select Te Puia as it covers 3 NZ essentials; geysers, Haka and kiwis. Before leaving Rotorua, a brief stop at Government Gardens. Past the Maori carvings and huge wrought the iron gateway is a beautifully manicured Victorian rose garden leading to a vibrant green volcanic lake with random clouds of steam belching forth. It’s both very English and very un-English at the same time. We continue to Te Puia and opt to start with the Maori cultural performance which includes a Haka. I even get the opportunity to go on stage and learn a Maori dance. Culture checklist ticked, we head for the biggest geyser, Pohutu. A board explains that the geyser erupts every 30-60 minutes ... read more
Government Gardens
Government Gardens
Te Puia

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo December 22nd 2017

To every one that follows my Blog. Christmas is upon us. So to all and sundry, have a Very Very Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best for a happy and prosperous New Year. I hope that it all goes well. The latter part of 2017 was spent in NZ with the winter. It really wasn't a bad winter and so with Diane having her knee replacement and both eye cataracts done in July/August, she is a new woman. This of course curtailed any travel overseas. So we spent time with grandkids, enjoying sport and other occasions, seeing friends and family around home, catching up with a few things around the house. A visit to Sydney to see the Festival of Vivid Lights. Down to Wanaka to see Viv and Charlie in their new ... read more
To This!
To This!
The Only Way To Travel.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo July 29th 2017

Samstag, 29.07.2017: Heute konnten wir am Vormittag richtig relaxen und uns schon mal auf einen kleinen Höhepunkt unserer Reise einstimmen, den Fallschirmsprung über dem Taupo-See in Neuseeland. Angeblich soll man bei klarer Sicht, wenn man gerade direkt über dem See aus dem Flugzeug springt - oder in unserem Fall fällt – West- und Ostküste der Nordinsel, wie auch ein paar Gletscher sehen. Am Morgen war keine Wolke am Himmel, gegen Mittag sah man ganz vereinzelt am Horizont ein paar Wölkchen. Klarer Sicht stand also nichts im Wege. Um 14:00Uhr ging es dann los mit Equipment ausfassen, angezogen werden (passiv!) und ein paar wenigen Instruktionen anhören. Mit uns sprang zufälliger Weise eine Münchnerin, die auch gerade durch Neuseeland reist. Im Flugzeug gab es dann noch Sauerstoff und ein paar Streicheleinheiten unserer Guides bis wir dann auf 15.000ft ... read more

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