Strange who you meet in Taupo!

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Yet another fantastic place to camp - right next to Route 1 and I wondered why I kept waking up when the huge logging trucks came past!!

Still drizzle but head up north to Lake Taupo and arrive earlier than we anticipated. After driving around to get our bearings and find another great camping place (free in the carpark by the lake) where loads of other vans had the same idea (or their drivers at least). We then went to the AC swimming baths up the road for a swim - great pools inside and outside and really warm. Was quite fun swimming in the rain with the steam rising around us. Back to our scenic 'campsite' and we got ready to go out for the evening - another special treat!

Met up with Matt and Cath, 2 friends from the UK who are also travelling (Matt used to work for P and G) around NZ travelling N to south. Had a great evening sharing stories and plans and broke one of our trip's guiding principles - not to go to an Irish Bar (this is for reasons of them being bloody everywhere, not 'cos their Irish). We had a good excuse though - they were giving away free drink and food as it was their birthday. Had a few beers and a nice meal before they went home to their nice hotel room and us to our van - all still in the rain!
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