The Pillars Retreat
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
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We have been looking after Judiths three Schnauser dogs for three weeks alternating beweenTaupo and our place and back in Taupo again for the past few days. We hand over the dogs to Judith when they return on Saturday and we travel ...
... be doing that again! So exhilarating :D
After the dive, I had lots of time available to hang around Taupo. I went to the Tourist board, and they recommended Huka falls, where the water has carved through the soft sandstone and created a gorge with crazy amounts of water passing through every minute. It is very impressive, and similar to some of the waterfalls in the Rockies. I guess every minute there is enough water to ...
... eggs. It's wonderful actually because these eels journey from 3000 miles away in the South Pacific and they arrive at exactly the same river opening out of the hundreds they could choose from in New Zealand without ever having been there before. It is remarkable what nature can do sometimes. Murupara Handicrafts and Hangi We arrived at our lodge on the outskirts of Murupara, the local town, where we were to stay with the Ngati Manawa tribe. It was such a great evening because ...
So the 16th, aka last Thursday, we were up at 9 to leave at 9.30 to start heading towards River Valley. I was so jealous of Thomas, who got the chance to do the Tongaira crossing as the weather improved miraculously that day - but never mind. I'm over it remember :) So anyway, Thursday was a very good day. We headed into Tongariro for another of our many walks. It was actually one of my favourite walks that we've done!! Tongariro national park is new Zealand's ...
... of all things Kiwi. We were a bit rubbish though and took no photos, but I'm sure google images will give you the idea.
After Wellington we headed up to Taupo, nice town but rubbish YHA, go out on a high eh! The Taupo area is all about the volcanic springs, so we headed to the Orakei Korako hot springs, (thanks for the recommendation uncle Dave!), which ...