I feel like an Alligator!
Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
51Trip End Feb 04, 2010
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We then made lunch in the back of Daisy and drove to Waitike Valley thermal pools and enjoyed several lazy hours relaxing in the range of hot springs all heated naturally underground. Lauren said that she felt like an alligator as she slithered around the pools on all fours!! We decided to stay at the campsite there that night which was a luxury to have a powered site. This meant that we were able to watch a film on the laptop which Lauren failed to stay awake for - she blamed the jet lag!!
The following morning we enjoyed an early morning run then took full advantage of free use of the thermal springs. After having breakfast and showering we got on the road to Taupo. We stopped off at ‘The Honey Hive’ in Wairakei where we saw lots of bees in action and browsed the shop. We then went on to Huka falls which we were really pleasantly surprised by. The water was so green and the current was so fast. We enjoyed stopping at various viewpoints to take pictures and watch the water flowing by.
We then went on to Taupo where Celia was hoping to do a skydive but the weather was really dull and the sky was really gray so it wouldn’t have been worth it. She was quite disappointed but Lee and Lauren were secretly relieved as they had their reservations (there’s still time though!) We weren’t too impressed with Taupo, though this was probably due to the weather. We went for fish and chips (as advised as a top thing to do by the guide book) but were also disappointed by this as it was from a Chinese takeaway and they sold us ketchup in a tin.
The view across the lake was really misty so we wandered around the town before getting back on the road to our campsite at Glen falls nature reserve which was nearby to Napier.
Where I stayed
Waikite Valley thermal pools campsite