Blogs from Taupo, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


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

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo May 31st 2017

J'ai quitté l'île du Sud Samedi après une belle semaine où j'ai notamment été au musée du WOW (World of wearableart) avec Richard, et fait une New moon Cacao Ceremony qui était intense ! Merci Kathy. Il a fallu alors refaire le sac, faire un second tri après le premier du colis, et partir mais en avion cette fois-ci direction Welly, puisque ma voiture reste ici. Patrick est venu me chercher à l'aéroport toujours aussi cool, comme d'hab ! Je suis resté le weekend avec eux et j'ai embarqué dans un bus direction Napier. Là mon dernier géocatching m'attendait depuis plus d'un an... Descendu du bus à 3h, je dépose mon sac dans un backpacker et saute dans mes baskets, c'est parti pour 22km de course à pied. Mais la distance n'est rien comparativement au plaisir ... read more
Adieu Richard et James
Pu -Rakau !
On s'occupe

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo April 25th 2017

Nous voici à Taupo, qui normalement s'écrit avec un un trait au-dessus du o mais que mon clavier ne me permet pas d'écrire correctement. Notre camping self-contained se trouve près du port, à 2 pas du centre ville mais suffisamment éloigné pour ne pas profiter du bruit citadin. ah oui c'est vrai, on est en Nouvelle-Zélande: il n'y a pas de boucan, que des bonnes ambiances et des gens calmes au volant. Nous n'avons que le cancan des canards qui vivent au bord du lac. Il y a pas mal d'activités à faire autour de ce grand lac de plus de 66Ha (parasailing, skydiving, flight, boat tour etc...) toutes plus chères et attrayantes les unes que les autres mais si on devait les comparer aux prix français c'est moins cher ici! La plus grosse des attractions ... read more
Huka Falls
Huka Falls

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo April 9th 2017

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo April 4th 2017

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 ... read more
Queen Charlotte Sound from the Interislander ferry
View from room in Wellington
Start of our first real sunset in Napier

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