TROGDOR and Jawad hit the road

Trip Start May 18, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Having enjoyed a fantastic few weeks in the company of Ross and Siobhan, it was time for TROGDOR and me to hit the road and see more of New Zealand. The long weekend in Rotorua had come to an end and it was time to go our separate ways. So they headed north back to Auckland and I headed south to Turangi. The drive was perfect: beautiful scenery, an open road, my latest CD compilation playing. New Zealand is without doubt my favourite country to drive in.

As I headed into Taupo I took the turn off for Huka Falls, parked up and spent about forty minutes wandering alongside this natural horizontal waterfall. Imagine the water from a waterfall moving down a slope rather than a vertical drop, with large bumps every now and then causing great surges and splashes.

The feeling of awe you get from this mass of water rushing before you is breathtaking. There is a constant low rumbling (felt rather than heard) and the force at which the falls finally pours into the basin is astonishing. I've visited Niagara Falls (which is huge) but on a scaled comparison Huka Falls is pretty impressive for its size.

At Taupo I stopped to stretch my legs before the final part of the drive to Turangi. It was just after 6:30pm and the centre of Taupo had shut up shop for the night. Hardly anywhere was open. The city centre was dead so there was no reason to hang around for very long. The final leg of today's drive could not have been any better. Clear tree lined roads with the sun setting on Lake Taupo to my right. It was like a scene from a car advert.

On arriving in Turangi I checked into Extreme Backpackers ($18 for a dorm) as they had the highest BBH rating in town. I also got myself a new BBH card and booked myself on a shuttle bus ($30) for the 17km Tongariro Crossing tomorrow. The 7am weather report tomorrow morning will dictate if a crossing is possible, as conditions can get very dangerous at over two thousand metres. I'll keep my fingers crossed for another fine day like today.
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