We're off....

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 23, 2013

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

On Saturday morning, we spent the time we had before collecting my luggage clearing Neil out of his house, which he has now moved out of. We popped to get essential supplies (a saucepan and similar items) and we picked the luggage up, as promised, from the airport and then we were off. 315 kilometres south to Taupo. What a nice town right on the shore of Lake Taupo. Booked in to a terribly expensive campsite - I've paid less for a proper hotel room with a proper bed in the UK! - and Neil went for a run and swim while I tried to fathom out how to erect my tent. The bloke sitting reading his book on the next pitch must have been laughing to himself so much that he had to excuse himself and return to his camper so he could really explode. But I did it - see photo - and, I have to say, having now just put it up for the second time, I now consider myself a bit of an expert... Neil has his own tent which he pitched alongside. So I have the benefit of detatched accommodation which was most comfortable. We were planning to stay in Taupo for two nights and the plan was to do a skydive (oh joy!) on Sunday. But first, we decided to walk the trail along the mighty Waikato River as far as Huka Falls, the most visited tourist attraction in the whole of New Zealand - so the books say. This was a mere 2.8 kilometres each way so was to be no problem for my poor aching legs. The Falls were stunning. 200 cubic metres of water flowing through a ten metre wide gorge every second. Amazing....

Neil didn't enjoy the walk so much though as despite the forecast for the day being 28 degrees and sunny, cloud was lingering over Taupo which was putting the skydive in jeopardy (sigh!). We eventually called it off (oh what a shame!) and decided to do "The Craters of the Moon" instead. Well...... Six dollars in! (3?) So perhaps I shouldn't have expected too much although in fairness we had been tempted by the promise of "bubbling mud". There was a bit of mud bubbling and there were little plumes of steam rising and there was a slight smell of sulphur and we did have a nice walk (again!) and we ticked it off the list. Let's move on....

So we've headed South West to the Tongariro National Park for tomorrow's big event.....
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Jane Mac on

Glad to see those shorts again......................and yes, you should start calling him Dave!

Helen on

Loving the blog already Pops, brings back memories of when we did it all. Wish was with you doing it again. Enjoy the Tongariro crossing, is Neil going to make you climb to the top of Mount Doom?? Good Luck!!

cotysmore on

The shorts are now a fixture. Neil and I copped some stick this morning in our campsite from a fellow traveller who thought we were loony as it was so blinking cold.

But we have principals - and we're on holiday!!

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