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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo May 9th 2014

Woensdag 30 April 2014 Vandaag ga ik terug de baan op! Of dat was het plan allesinds. Als ik het grootste deel nog moet inpakken is het al bijna 11u. Ik besluit om maar ter plekke te blijven. Ik verwittig Jille&Andrew. Nu ik niet echt iets gepland heb, is het de ideale moment om vanalles op te zoeken. De route een beetje plannen voor de komende dagen en slaapplaatsen zoeken. Nog wat e-mailwerk naar ambassades en dergerlijke voor het volgende hoofdstuk van men trip. Ik weet me goed bezig te houden en de tijd vliegt. Ik ga nog even naar de winkel want ik ben vanavond kok van dienst. Aangezien het hier zo goed winter is, ga ik voor spinaziepuree. Het was eigenlijk een stralende dag dus van verre nog geen winter. Jille&Andrew zijn aardig verrast ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo February 25th 2014

After leaving Rotorua we drove to Haku Falls, a gorge where the river narrows and 200,000 litres of water run over the falls per second. The water was an incredible light blue colour with white water rapids in places. After getting some nice pictures we headed for Lake Taupo (pronounced Toe-Paw by the locals). Once we had checked in we went for a walk with Vicky, Tayla, Leanne, Shantelle and Billie. We all ended up getting KFC then bought mixers from the supermarket and started drinking quite early at 5pm. At one point we had 17 people in our 8 bed dorm all sat in a circle playing ring of fire. Tim was the last to put his hand down on the floor for thumb master and denied it, gave us a demonstration of what he ... read more
Haku Falls
Coolest McDonalds Ever in Taupo
Lake Taupo

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Wairakei January 27th 2014

I just want to thank Trudi for the shelter and trust she gave me! Thank u for teaching me to lead a pack of four dogs, to do the design of tops and bags, to sew, to embellish bags, to do embroidery......Thank you my love.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Wairakei January 22nd 2014

Just had some nice hot water shower:)... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo January 20th 2014

Staying some couple of days in Taupo. This is the mad city of the North Island. A Must-see of the New Zealand's tourist itinerary are the Huka Falls. They are part of the Waikato River which is the longest river of New Zealand. The river provides New Zealand with 15% of energy. Good job!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo August 9th 2013

After leaving Hobbiton and the town of Matamata, we had a drive of just over an hour to get to Taupo, where we were able to check in straight away into our room at the Tiki Lodge Backpackers. The room was basic but was pretty spacious, clean and had a nice big ensuite – a little nicer than some of the backpackers that we had stayed at in Australia, and the last backpackers we would be staying at for the rest of our trip! One we had dropped off our stuff and had a look around the hostel, we made a trip to the nearest supermarket to stock up on some food for the next three nights that we were spending there, then cooked and ate dinner before spending the night browsing the internet and looking ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo May 24th 2013

On our way to Rotorua we decided to spend one more night in Auckland, it would have been a horrendously long a drive for just one day. Also we had a slow puncture in one of the tyres of the camper van so we had to stop by the Escape office to get it replaced. After a 10 minute wait, we were ready to get back on the road. The rain was pouring down in Auckland so after stocking up on a few supplies we headed over to Scott and Leanne's place to seek refuge. We spent the day relaxing and Sonya was fussing Stella the Labrador until she somehow got out the back gate and vanished onto the golf course behind the house. Luckily after searching the sodden course, Stella turned up. We spent the ... read more
Thermal village - Rotorua
Maori performance
Government gardens - Rotorua

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo April 20th 2013

Early but leisurely start to the day. After breakfast Dave and I rented some mountain bikes and headed off to see what Taupo had to offer! We first headed up and rather (meaning very!) undulating dirt track to Huka falls, where 10,000 cubic metres of water falls a second! The waterfall isn’t very high but very powerful. From the falls we head up to the crators of the moon. We had no idea what to find here, but very pleasantly surprised. It’s a large geothermal area, with smoke rising from natural vents in the ground up all around you and bubbling mud pools. We spent over an hour wandering round and then stopped to have some lunch before hitting the mountain bike trails! With over 50 trails marked through trails through the forest it was hard ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo April 19th 2013

For once I enjoy a lovely sleep, as there are only 4 of us in the room, and we all did the walk yesterday, no-one was up. Had a leisurely start, checking out and then heading to the little café to treat myself to poached egg and bacon for breakfast. I then had to kill time in this tiny place, until the bus out at 1.35pm, so I walked round the village a few times and then sat outside, reading up on the next few places I wish to visit. Alex is also heading to Taupo and in the same hostel there, and we arrive at 4pm, in the beautiful sunshine! We are checking into the hostel which when I hear my name, and there is Dave, he had also arrived today, everyone is on the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo April 5th 2013

The route between Wellington and Taupo is much like a who’s who of mesmerising landscapes… AND PERIL, in the form of endless “Danger” signs that herald imminent death by fire: img=https://41.media.tumblr.com/9d0e522dc12f9052ea11f3ef29225382/tumblr_inline_nre5ntEB2S1qgew24_540.jpg Not that these bother New Zealanders. You can’t bother a nation that endures 11,000 earthquakes a year and runs the risk of falling into the sea, they’re too busy perfecting their scrums and inventing new ciders. Kiwi friend even lovingly pointed out the MASSIVE fault-line in the earth that runs alongside her house: “BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF IT SUDDENLY OPENS AND WE ALL JUST TIP INSIDE!?” had been my sensitive British reaction. And she’d given me the casual Kiwi meh-I-guess-Peter-Jackson-will-make-a-film-about-us shrug. DON’T ask for earthquake advice from a Kiwi. It’s so ingrained... read more




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