Trip Start Nov 09, 2008
66Trip End Apr 02, 2009
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Lake Taupo Top 10 Campsite
We found the Top Ten site in Taupo, which was quite large but not very busy. Yes - it had a jumping pillow (always a hit with Steven) and it was bigger than the one in Christchurch! As we arrived we felt an imminent tent challenge coming on as it was very windy. We surveyed the other tents on the site and detected the direction of the wind and pitched accordingly. D had invested in some new tent pegs as he felt this would help the stability of the homestead and they indeed worked a treat. The tent at some points during the two day stay was bending right down at the back, but those wonderful fibreglass poles just bounced right back!
We rested for the afternoon and eat well using the good kitchen facilities. D used the barbeque, which all sites have, although they are really just a big hot plate heated by a gas bottle - none of that inconvenient smoke! Steven, now in his new phase, went down to sleep well and Yvonne and D talked pubs and Wetherspoons reminiscences and Yvonne had too much vodka! (D's drink misdemeanour has not been described - but it happened in Sydney!)
The next day, despite Yvonne feeling under the weather, we visited the Huka Falls, a local dam and the rapids it created when the floodgates were opened four times a day and drove around part of Lake Taupo, making a stop where Steven threw stones in to the lake. In the evening Steven enjoyed watching an air display from the campsite. Lake Taupo was holding the 'Air Proms' and we saw an old fashioned red biplane loop the loop and dive for what seemed like hours and then five more modern planes flew in formation. Yvonne then thought an early night was in order!