TURANGI - PLEASANTLY SURPRISED
Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
73Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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We thought the area would be flat and a little boring with not too much to see, but we were really surprised.
We were heading to a small town called Turangi on the southern shore of huge Lake Taupo. The half day drive from Levin to Turangi was very scenicly diverse - flat fertile farm land, intense hills and rivers, the loan desert in NZ (Rangipo), and finally the three massive snow capped volcanoes that line the southern shores of Lake Taupo.
Our accommodation that night was a very large room with lots of amenities. We were given the room because the cheap small basic cabins we typically rent were being renovated at this place so they upgraded us for free. After dinner we soon found out we were not alone in our room. We started to see massive cockroaches behind the pictures on the walls, mirrors, and along the kitchen counter. After complaining and switching to another room, we still had the same problem, but not as bad. The next morning we complained again and they were nice enough to credit us the room. They kept saying they were harmless, but there was a small nest of them behind the picture frame that hung over the bed - no thanks. Glad we moved rooms and glad we got our money back!
Before leaving Turangi we did a few hour hike around a small volcanic lake. We then headed up to the Wiatomo Caves region and stayed in a town called Te Kuiti. The next day we explored some large caves, waterfalls, and a black sand beach in the area. I took a bad fall at one of the caves so I took it easy for the rest of the day. The black sand beach was really cool, we haven't ever seen one like it before. It was then time to call it a day and head up to Auckland to prep Miles for his big day and get ready for the Moms.