Posted by: The Travelling Mallorys | March 31, 2011

Taupo a go-go!

What a week! In our last post we told you about our upgrade to a lovely apartment here in Taupo. Well, that set the tone for what has been a brilliant week of relaxing with a little bit of doing cool stuff.

Gavin outside Anglers Lodge where we are staying

Gavin outside Anglers Lodge where we are staying

The first couple of days it was rainy, but we didn’t mind one bit as we’d planned on taking some time to enjoy being out of hostels, watching telly, cooking nice food, drinking nice wine, doing aerobics, washing up and so on. So that’s what we did.

And we saw a few of these too.

Sunset over Taupo as seen from our window. Don't worry - we know how lucky we are.

Sunset over Taupo as seen from our window. Don't worry - we know how lucky we are.

Once the sun came out we set about exploring the locality, kicking off with a stroll to Huka Falls via the hot stream.

Taupo is an area of high geothermal activity – there are volcanoes across from the lake – so you get fair few natural wonders in these parts, one of which is the hot stream that flows down into the beautiful Waikato River.

A little past that (well, an hour-long hike over hill and down dale past that) we arrived at Huka Falls. We were expecting a waterfall on account of the name, but it’s actually more like a bottleneck of water mayhem, which was a pleasant surprise.

I loved this quote, so I snapped it

I loved this quote, so I snapped it

After a pit-stop for some cheese and mustard sandwiches we turned to go home, but my shoes were rubbing and we had forgotten the plasters so it was a bit of a painful walk home for me, culminating in me having to do the last bit in my socks!

But you were very brave my love.

The next day we went to Lake Taupo, and were very careful not to go too near the edge.

DANGER!

DANGER! This reminded me of the sign at Disneyland Paris.

Our next day trip was to Craters of the Moon. Remember the wife said this area is all geothermal? Well this is one of the best places to see evidence of that.

Bubbling mud pool

Bubbling mud pool

It was like the bog of eternal stench from Labyrinth!

Steam escaping through the ground

Steam escaping through the ground

I absolutely loved it here. They say to allow 45 minutes, but we were there for over two hours. It reminded me of our trip to Iceland a few years ago.

Well you’re in luck because we’re heading for another hotbed of geothermosity next in Rotorua.

You’re too good to me.

I know.

Taupo has a lovely rose garden which we enjoyed and we took a peaceful walk along the Waikato River.

In the rose garden

In the rose garden

Us and the river. You won't see two more contented people than that!

Us and the river. You won't see two more content people than that!

We have a wonderful view of the river from where we’re staying, and also the bungee jump that is over the river. Every now and then we hear a huge AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH as some idiot throws themselves off the bridge. Guess what – we haven’t done it!

And we aren’t planning to either. We need to avoid all things of that nature if I am to go back with any hair left on my head! I prefer more sedate activities like this:

Sharing some muesli bar with the locals

Sharing some muesli bar with the locals. More daredevil than the photo lets on - he was quite a quacker!

And that’s about the size of it at the moment. Sad to leave here, but looking forward to our next stop, and the stops after that too!

Lots of love to you all.

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