TROGDOR and Jawad hit the road
Trip Start May 18, 2003
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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
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.