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... how clear the water is. Along the way we also got to see one of the many hydro-electric "schemes" that surround lake Taupo. All around the lake water is being diverted off of mount Ruapehu towards different hydro generating stations, eight in total.
To end our day we had thought of capping ti with a competitive round of mini golf but Turangi goes to sleep early. 16:00 early. We settled on ice cream, but that left ...
Unfortunately, it was snowing on the Tongariro Crossing and the visibility was poor so we were not able to walk over it. Instead we left the hostel and went over to the geothermal pools, which actually smelt worse than the Maori village and the hostel. Our first stop was at a small mud pool which was between 60c and 80c but was so hot that there was steam rising from it. The mud underneath was bubbling up to the surface and if I'm going to be completely honest, ...
... today the weather can probably get quite harsh up here. We reach a waterfalls. The falls are called Taranaki Falls. I assume because they lead off in the direction of the Taranaki Volcano, which we can see in the distance despite the fact that it must be 60 miles or more away.
We keep walking, the terrain getting increasingly rocky. There are a few streams to be crossed, using boulders in the water, trying not to get too wet! The water is glacier melt so will be freezing ...
... and 7 dozen CDs.
Kawerau is a detour from the main road, and is known for manufacturing wood products and crime. According to ‘Te Ara; The Encyclodaedia of New Zealand’, the Tasman pulp and paper mill was the country’s largest industrial plant in the 1960s. It is a beast of a factory, surrounded by thousands of ...
... the dark cave and also take a short raft along the stream going through the cave. The glow worms are lit up in their thousands, looking very similar to how a clear sky looks at night! Afterwards it was on to Rotoura, where we were doing a Mauri cultural night. Basically some Mauri's sang and danced in their tribal ways and also taught the guys the Hakka! So we had a go at it, seems very odd doing it but all good fun! The girls were laughing anyway! The next morning it was ...