Lake Taupo Road Trip

Trip Start Mar 31, 2004
Trip End Jul 14, 2005

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Having 3 days off work in a row (well Thomas did, I was still an unemployed bum at this point!) we decided to hire Nancy and head on up to Lake Taupo for a couple of days. So we packed a bag and set off on the 5 hour drive north. And we were suitably impressed when we finally arrived, with the mountains acting as a stunning backdrop for the lake. Our hostel, the Rainbow Lodge, was good and I would recommend it but it's maybe slightly out of town. Didn't bother us as we had Nancy. The two highlights of the trip were most definetely horse-riding and the Taupo Hot Springs (in that order due to the fact that after horse-riding I could hardly walk and therefore the springs were a very welcome soother!). The morning was a perfect time for riding and we got clear blue skies the whole way. I was a smart-ass and bombed off leaving Thomas to 'fast-walk' to catch up! Don't worry though, he got his own back, taking great delight in waggling chocolate, rum and deep heat just out of reach while I lay crippled in bed after pulling all my muscles! And so the hot springs were well needed and we spent 2 hours turning ourselves to something resembling a couple of old prunes.

The next day we headed down to Fielding, just out of Palmerston North to spent the night with Lorna and Sav Saville, friends of Thomas' parents. We had a great night, with a few glasses of wine and hearing lots of stories about their time in New Zealand. Thomas enjoyed getting to catch up with them and talk 'shop' with Sav. We spent the night in their guest house which is gorgerous and we can't wait to go back there, hopefully some time in the next month or so. The next morning (as we were searching for Thomas' wallet which I lost, but found again, in a Police station, whoo!) Sav, who is in the NZ RAF gave us our own personal fly-by in his fighter jet!! I'm used to getting an old beep of a car horn when I see someone I know so this was pretty cool!!

So, Lake Taupo was a great few days away and we'll definetely be back there in the summer. I was ever so slightly tempted to book a wee skydive but we'll see...
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Lake Taupo's panoramic 360° views are amazing. Charter and relax on the decks of a charter boat because this is an easy and relaxing way to see beautiful Lake Taupo. Informative, yet not pressured, this experience is worth a visit to Boat Harbour to see the numerous charters available for hire. Sailing on a yacht, chugging on the old steamboat ( )or speeding across the lake on a launch, are a most enjoyable and thrilling way to spend a day or late afternoon.

The stunning beauty of Lake Taupo and it's native bush dipped waters, secluded bays, with shores touched white with pumice sands, is unique. The lake's reflective waters mirror mountains, bush and sky, so feel like an escape? Try a charter cruise on Lake Taupo.

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