Tiki Lodge

Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
Trip End Mar 03, 2007

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Cruised into Taupo fairly early. I had decided to stay in a backpackers as it was a weekend and I felt like going out, so I needed some rent-a-friends form the hostel. The first place I wanted to stay at was booked up which was a shame as it had its own outside bar and looked like a massive party place. Instead I ended up staying at the Tiki Lodge which was a reall nice, brand new hostel that had massive Maori influences in its design.

After dropping my belongings off I ended up having a decent look around the lake front and the town itself that was quite small. The wasn't a whole lot happening in town although there loads of backpackers about sorting out all of their adventures. Taupo is a massive sky diving region. I wanted to sky dive here but unfortunately my funds have take a bashin and I'll have to take a rain cheque.

At night I ended up going into town after a few beers at the hostel to watch a couple games of Super 14 rugby and never made it back untill the wee small hours of the morn. I woke up 15 minutes after checkout time and in a haze jumped into the shower and then shoved my bags into the car and headed off to a campsite. This turned out to be a fatal mistake as my hangover kicked in just as I was pitching my tent and I had to spend the rest of the day suffering in the sun for my sins.

The next day I was pretty determined to make up for my day off inactivity yesterday and so headed off to the Craters of the Moon geo-thermal area. The area wasn't really that impressive with loads of craters and pools of boiling mud and loads of steam.

This was followed by a mad dash to take in the Aratiatia rapids which only preform every couple of hours due to the Powerstation starving them of water. The rapids were once a constant powerful display untill the dam was plonked there. The Aratiatia rapids were pretty spectacular with the extreme flow of water crashing through the narrow rock causeway. Once the they closed the water off from the dam it took about 5 minutes for the rapids to sink in depth by about 10 meters. The high water mark comparison between the two levels was huge.

After the rapids which more now a mere trickle to the torrent they were a few minutes ago I headed back up the road to the Huka Falls. The Huka falls were so much more spectacular than the other rapids and they were constant. The water from NZ's longest river slams through a narrow long rock chasm, gaining speed before droping off a 10 meter drop into a surging pool below. The water is a wierd crystal blue colour and looks amazing as it shoots past.
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