lots of volcanoes
03.03.2008 - 03.03.2008 19 °C
Sorry blog fans for my lack neat writing yesterday but this was due to the bad internet access at Rotorua. There were only 2 old computers with no USB and not much chance of getting on them so no pici’s or anything. Anyway I have put the pici’s on today so you scroll back and see the non rushed version.
already, somebody put the brakes on please it is going too fast. Anyway today we moved from Rotorua down to Taupo, which is only a 1 ½ hours drive South but took us all day as for some reason we had to see some hydrothermal volcanic activity.
First stop was Waimangu Volcanic Valley which was a tourist attraction for the Victorians until it blew up and killed a load of them. Now it is a tourist attraction for us, you would have thought we would have learnt our lesson. Bit of a long trek down a valley but well worth it. Lots of activity and pretty views and best of all a bus brings you back to the start. Once we got to the end the two numpties waited for the bus. Up it turns and is full of Chinese tourists. Unfortunately there was only room for Julian so he wedged himself in and left me crying at the station like Brief Encounter. Fortunately the next bus was behind so we both ended up in the same place.
After a spot of lunch, surrounded by Chinese which was funny, off we went to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
The Wonder was how could they charge so much for not an awful lot at all. I was not really convinced as we saw better examples at Hell’s Gate and Waimangu Valley so my advice, do them and leave out Wai-O-Tapu which is a little too large and commercialised, rather than run by the Maori’s as was the case at Hell’s Gate. The smell of all the places is still in my nose. The free bubbling mud pools were the best at Wai-O-Tapu, see photo, and did not cost a dollar, although I did tread in some then walk it into the van so it cost us 20 minutes of clean up time. Oopps.
Then we headed off to Taupo via Huka Falls, which were nice but we had seen better. Still it was on the way. Got to Top 10 Campsite in Taupo. What a pleasant site, very big, but again the staff were very helpful and the facilities are great. I have just done a nice few laps of the pool and feel totally refreshed with a glass of wine in my hand. We did pop off to the Taupo bungy but unfortunately it was closed, shucks. In fact it looked a bit tame after Skytower so maybe later in the week.
Right long drive tomorrow as we have to get to Wellington so we can catch the ferry to the south island on the 5th. If some comedy happens then I may write but I think it will be mainly in the van all day.
Hobitometer: a 1 out of 5 awks again for the same reason as yesterday. I think the scores will start increasing tomorrow onwards as we head south.
Comedy moment of the day: At Wai-O-Tapu me reading the guide book about how hot and acidic Oyster Pool was and not looking where I was going and so falling off the boardwalk nearly into said Oyster Pool.