Blogs from Taupo, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 6


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= 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

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo April 2nd 2013

Our stay for 2 nights in Taupo overlooking Lake Taupo was very relaxing. This was an excellent location to explore the surrounding area and the interesting geothermal activity. The Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland was an excellent choice and was great to walk around. First we visited the Lady Knox Geyser and witnessed an eruption of water and steam to about 20m height. Then we saw many different examples of the geothermal activity with steam hissing out of rock fissures, caverns eroded by acids and multi coloured pools and lakes. A really interesting and enjoyable experience. Later we walked around “The Craters on the Moon”. We saw many steaming craters and boiling mud pits in a bush landscape. Our time in Taupo was ended with a visit to the impressive Huka Falls where the Waikato River passes through ... read more
Wai -O- Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Lady Knox Geyser 2
Wai -o- Tapu 2

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo March 2nd 2013

I was still stuffed from the feast the night before so I skipped breakfast and hoped to burn some of it off on our morning walk. We headed to Te Puia gate to see some more Maori culture, thermal geysers and finally a pair of Kiwis! The geysers were huge, steam pours out all day long - a bit like a whale's spout. Kiwi's are nocturnal and highly endangered so there are small breeding centres throughout New Zealand. The chance of seeing one in the wild is really slim so we were pleased to see this happy pair of kiwis saving their species. We then got on the road to our next stop, Lake Taupo. We had a relaxing afternoon, with a casual 12,000ft skydive above the lake! It was a fantastic experience and was much ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo February 14th 2013

We spent one day visiting thermal parks around Taupo.... read more
Maori village
Thermal parks
Thermal parks

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo February 12th 2013

Emma had her day off so we walked down to Taupo and I got myself some sandals before we headed down to the beach and meet her friend Dave and go out sailing on Taupo Lake for a couple of hours. I think we were out for about 3h sunbathing, swimming and chatting about what we have been up to for the past years. While we were on board Emma got a text from Mia asking if I would like to join her and a friend for the Tongariro Crossing the following day. Since I wasn't able to do the hike I had originally planned I thought that sounded awesome and accepted the invitation. So after we got a shore we went up to Taupo to get me some food and better shoes for the walk. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo February 12th 2013

Some pics of our First days. Comments wil follow... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo February 10th 2013

Time to head to Taupo and Emma! :D I have never flown Domestic before so I'm not sure if this is normal, but the check in was completely self served and I even but on the slip on my luggage and when I boarded I only handed my boarding pass. I never had to show my passport and there were no security check what so ever. That felt very very strange to be on a airport and not having people wanting to now what you have with you. The plane was also a bit different. Really small, just two rows and it couldn't fit more than 20 passenger. There was no top shelves so you had to keep your carry on luggage between your knees. The flight it self then only took about 40min and then ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo February 8th 2013

Der Morgen begann recht lustig. Nachdem eine Schwedin im Schlaf laut geredet hatte klingelten der Reihe nach alle Handys und so langsam wurden alle wach. Nach der Dusche wurde alles zusammen gepackt und es ging zum Frühstück. Es gab eine reiche Auswahl zum Frühstücken. Anschließend wurde noch ein Gruppenfoto gemacht – klingt nicht spektakulär, aber wenn jeder seine Kamera, bzw. Handy hinlegt dauert das etwas länger… danach wurden wir freundlich verabschiedet und es ging mit dem Bus in Richtung Waterfallrafting und Hells Gate. Für heute habe ich mich für den „geothermic walk“ entschieden. Mit mir ist nur noch ein Norweger bei dem Walk aus der Gruppe und eine Deutsche, welche sich für das heilende Schlammbad entschieden hat. Wir starten den Rundgang mit einem Maori als Guide. Er erzählt noch einiges über die Landschaft und natürlich über ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Wairakei February 1st 2013

Sat 26th Jan (Australian Day ....& the 12th anniversary of the day we met!) we left Catherine's house in New Plymouth to head North towards to Lake Taupo. It was supposed to be 280km but I'm not sure we went the most direct route and it ended up taking about 5 hours but we arrived at Lake Taupo mid afternoon, knackered but really impressed with the place. We had a nice lunch overlooking the lake and found a camp site that looked like it was straight out of the 1950's!!! Our first impression driving through the gates was 'carry on camping' but we took one look at the view from our cabin overlooking the lake and we were WOWED! The site was 'rustic' but it had everything including a flushing toilet with a view (the toilet ... read more
Lake Taupo
Rustic Living!
View from the cabin

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo January 24th 2013

On Tuesday morning, we saw our last steaming, bubbling mud pool and left Rotorua (and the rotten egg smell) behind us, apart from the smell which had permeated our clothes, and headed towards Taupo. We had a brief stop at Huka falls, where light blue water runs between two rock faces making incredible 10m rapids on the way down (I'm not sure what grade this would be on the rafting scale, but apparently no-one's ever managed it!) Hazel had signed up to do a skydive that afternoon - Christine had recomended Taupo, as you can see great views across the lake as you come down. Despite my vertigo, I decided to sign up too, as it was on my list of "things to do before you die"...or while you die! The build up is much worse ... read more

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