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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo September 7th 2016

Geo: -38.6866, 176.07Not 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 damFourth: Weirakai Thermal Walk and campgroundWe 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 ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo September 6th 2016

Geo: -38.6866, 176.07We are doing our usual - squeezing in so much beauty.When we started the day we worried about the weather, but the special weather touch came thru as usual and we were so blessed. Found the National Park - the first in NZ and evidently the 4th in the world - gifted by the Maori chief to the nation over 100 years ago. We asked for a recommendation for a 2 hour walk - a loop to see the Taranaki Falls, with views to the 2 super volcanic peaks. Well, when we arrived we saw lots of clouds covering the peaks, Mt. Ngauruhoe (7500') and Mt. Ruapehu (9176'), (highest pt on N Island) -- by the time we were 20 mins into the hike we saw the highest peaks pop into the sun peak ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo September 5th 2016

Geo: -38.6866, 176.07Actually, this day was EN ROUTE TO LAKE TAUPO. Although our lovely hosts at the B&B in Thames looked at us askance, we DID visit both the movie set for the Hobbit & Lord of the Rings movies, and the Waitomomo caves (a sort of Zig Zag route) AND we happened upon a kiwi sanctuary and visited there too. Yes, we arrived in the dark, and didn't eat our frozen Moroccan tagine microwavable meal till 9 pm, but it was worth it. Those 2 sites would have meant driving back quite a ways from lovely Lake Taupo - which is, acc to a book, the size of Singapore. Formed from huge (seen in China and beyond) eruption. This is the caldera.So, most photos are from the Hobbiton set, which was lovely. The tours were ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo August 31st 2016

Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand and is situated right in the middle of the North Island. I came here looking for one thing and that was to jump out of an airplane. Seemed reasonable enough. Once in town I went to the three skydive operators and failed in my negotiations for any sort of discount. All of the companies have a price agreement and do not undersell one another. Smart move by them, but bad for me. Anyways for the price of $NZ339 ($272 USD) I booked a 15,000ft. skydive for the next day and set off about the town to think about what I had done. I barely slept at all that night. I was full of excitement, anticipation, and certainly a little anxiety. The drive to the airport was solely ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Wai-O-Tapu May 16th 2016

16 mai: Je me suis levée relativement tôt pour aller marcher, mais je suis partie tout d'abord à l'office du tourisme pour demander des informations sur les randos à faire dans le Tongario National Park. Malheureusement le temps n'est pas favorable et il n'est pas conseillé d'y aller. Le soleil est apparu en milieu de matinée donc je me suis décidée à aller faire la petite balade que j'avais repéré près de la rivière (2h aller retour). La couleur de l'eau était d'un tel bleue c'était splendide. Après ce petit bol d'air frais je suis allée dans un magasin de miel où j'ai acheté un pot de Maunka, de la region bien sur. C'est un miel qui coûte très cher mais qui est excellent. Une petite pause déjeuner et direction Turangi. Une fois la bas on ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo April 19th 2016

More geothermal wonders today as I headed south from Rotorua to Taupo via the Geothermal Hy As the name suggests lots of such activity en route. First stop was Kerosene Creek. This is a natural thermal pool where the water reaches temperatures of 30 C. There is a small waterfall where they have carved places to sit for a relaxing spa-like experience. A very pretty area with the steam rising from the heated stream. A wonderful diversion and only a short walk to the waterfall from the carpark. Next off to the Crater Lake Walk in the Rainbow Valley Scenic Reserve about a km from Kerosene Creek. A short hike (30 minutes return) takes you to a crater lake filled with water. In close proximity, there are also the mud pools. An amazing area of steaming ... read more
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Wilson at Kerosene Creek
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo April 16th 2016

url=http://www.taupodc.govt.nz/our-services/animal-management/dog-exercise-and-restricted-areas/Pages/dog-excercise-and-restricted-areas.aspxhttp://www.taupodc.govt.nz/our-services/animal-management/dog-exercise-and-restricted-areas/Pages/dog-excercise-and-restricted-areas.aspx Taupo has many parks and beaches where you can take your dog for a walk. Or, if you have one that doesn't go completely deaf when it suits them, let them off their lead for a run. My favourite is Secombe Park, at the south end of Taupo. Lovely scenery and an area where you can sit and admire the view. However, like all parks, keep an eye on who else is there with dogs as we had to avoid a LARGE dog whose owner could not control it but still let it off its lead, ready and willing to terrorise our much smaller dogs. And for all the good dog owners who pick up anything their dog leaves behind,... read more
My assisant enjoying a quick paddle
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Secombe Park

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo April 11th 2016

I love Autumn in NZ - cool mornings and evenings with gorgeous days in between. Perfect weather for outdoor activities and great lighting for photography. Last week, I was very happy to get the opportunity to spend a couple of autumn days in one of NZ's best tourist spots - Taupo. For me, everything I could possibly want to do or photograph in Taupo revolves around the lake. http://www.greatlaketaupo.com/ will give you all the information you need about what activities are available. However, my best travel tip, which applies to all of NZ, is to visit https://www.bookme.co.nz before making any decisions as you will be surprised at the great deals you can get, especially last minute ones. On this trip, I knew I had to get out on the water. There are plenty of ways you ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo March 30th 2016

Where is an Englidhman supposed to barbecue? No fires on paid campsites and no fires out in the free ones due to bush fire risks. So, I had to resort to the communal gas fired hot plate. Still, the red wine and goid company made up for it. The kids didn't turn up till late as they were too busy having go kart races with other kids.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo March 27th 2016

Fried bacon and eggs had the kids cheering at breakfast. Then we set off to Lake Taupo a giant caldera lake. A quick supermarket top up and we pitched the motorhome at our new site for the next two nights. Ed and Hat were very pleased as the site had go karts for hire, a big pool and loads of other kids. It seems that Kiwis also like to head away for a long Easter weekend. A river walk to Hula Falls was highly recommended and we quite soon saw why it deserved its reputation. Clear blue waters and a gravel path that traced great view points both down close to the waters edge and right up high. There were strong currents signs everywhere, so we kept our swimming stuff in the day sack. The sun ... read more
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