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... you to spend the night in their car park, so we do. It turns out we are the only ones that do. For a gravel car park its a pretty nice spot, right beside the lake, the otherside of which, a short boat ride away, is the steaming thermal park.
We hear noises during the evening see great plumes of steam shoot up from the tree line. The sky is clear, the moon is up and full, shining a bright light across the lake. Another great spot, and free (kind ...
... get the shuttle back. We went for the latter. You can also pay an extra 42$ to a have a boat trip around the lake but we felt we had spent enough on Thermal attractions. Most cost around 35$ per person. The highlight of this is the large crater lake created by the last huge eruption in 1886.
Carried on our drive towards Taupo where we visited the Huka falls, this area is full ...
... bit worried they would be too warm for Lily but she LOVED it..our little water baby. The pools feel amazing because of the minerals etc the water feels almost creamy on your skin and they are very warm we spent most of our time in the 38° and 40° pools. I looked like a cooked lobster when I got out surprising Lily was fine the whole time and didn't even go red, everyone said Jake looked like he had too much to drink. ...
... we went to the treatment rooms where Ripena gave me the most amazing 1 hour massage. Starting with a mud scrub and then what looked like a boom-arm sprinkler that poured warm water over me while Ripena massaged. Coming from Adelaide, being under a shower for almost an hour seemed doubly decadent. At the nearby museum the history of the thermal baths are fascinating with 'treatments' that involved electricity ...
... I DONE to deserve this !!"
Finally, we have to say goodbye to Nelson and head up the coast to Picton to catch the ferry to the north Island.
Some comments from the various onward road trips.
Before Nelson, we travelled through the Buller Gorge. This is a big deep gorge and the river fills it, fast flowing and brown. It's feeder subsidiaries are clearer, but tinted with brown iron deposits and there is ...