Okay, I need to talk about Taupo, but it’s been a long day in the day job and I still need to write 2000 words to stay on track for my end of the first draft deadline for Christmas at Curlew Cottage. Instead of plenty of words, it will be mostly pictures. Is that okay with you? Besides, we were only in Taupo overnight on our mini NZ North Island road trip, so just how much can you say?
Taupo is just 81kms – or an hours drive – down the road from Rotorua, but it’s a very different town indeed. For a start, the light is so much better here. It’s also more geared to outdoor activities and adventure sports – from tramping to cycling to watersports and, with Mt Ruapehu not far down the road, winter sports. Taupo is famous for its marathon, IRONMAN New Zealand triathlon and the Iron Maori duathlons and triathlon, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, Taniwha Mountain Bike and Trail Run and the Great Lake Relay.
And if you think that you’re missing out of geo-thermal tourism here? Not a chance – there’s some of that too.
An absolute must-visit – and Huka Jet is an absolute must-do. I had, however, done it on a previous trip so this time just admired the majesty of the falls. And yes, the water really is that colour – no filters used.
If you look really carefully at the picture on the left above, there’s a little patch of water in the top right-hand corner of the photo. This is Huka Lodge and it’s been on my bucket list of places I really want to stay and eat at. I do have friends who have done it, but it’s way past a point that we can justify. When (notice I didn’t say “if”) I make real money from my writing I’ll be booking in there…and Blanket Bay at Glenorchy #justsaying.
We went for a long walk around the lake and found a lovely cafe for lunch at The Wholesome Kitchen.
I took photos of these two lake-side cottages – or baches as they’re known here – in case I ever feel like using them in a book. #asyoudo
And, because it was so hot and we were staying across the road from the lake, I went for a lovely long swim and a float. You’d expect that for such a large body the water it would be cold, but the temp, around 20C, was perfect. There were the occasional little pockets of thermal warmth too. Just beautiful.
Where we stayed…
At Sail On The Lake. Right across the road from the lake, this place had a little kitchenette, friendly owners, and was handy to everything. #jobdone
Random Street Art
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