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Taupo, NZ

semi-overcast 11 °C

It has been a while since an entry, and alot has accured in that last 10 days! Taupo was a nice little volcanic town, with a lake (of course). Uli and I went for a 10km walk and it was quite fun. The day started off a little overcast as we headed up the road and throught the bush to find the Haka Falls. The trail was not to difficult and wrapped around through forrest and river. For the first time I saw deforrestation in progress which was a little upsetting after seeing all the beauty of this country. Once making it to Huka Falls, I was a little dissappointed, the water was a crystal slear blue and rushing in a canyon, maybe 50ft wide, gushing. As you move down the way and look back at the drop.. the amazing strength of the falls is realized. The water flowing at 30mph or more dropping a short distance by view but an extreme distance underneath the surface. The undertow incredible (as the chart shows)! With white water out about a 1/4m really showing the power. We headed up to the Craters of the Moon, which are natural bubbling geothermal pools, but decided not to go in b/c it was $6! Aah the life of traveling, instead enjoyed a nice coffee for $4 and a warm fire for a few minutes then headed back down the trail. as we headed down the sky began to pke through with some lovely blues! When we arrived at the park we set off from we decided to take a dip in the springs that run through. Found an area that was not populated and quickly changed in the cold air. The water was extremely hot and bubbly stream through a narrow creek opening feeding into the river below.. quite delightful and relaxing. And just for us the sky completely broke open and a tiny rainbow appeared. Aah :) the beauty of nature! I had planned on heading out but after such a hike followed by such relaxation, Uli and I decided to make a 'proper' dinner and veg for the night. ( Our host from the previous night and his girlfriend had gone to the fam's an hour away and Uli was staying on her own. Amazing how trusting and hospitable this host was. So we made a great din of cous cous, chicken, broccoli, salad, and wine... delish. Did laundry and felt as though we were had our own home for a nite. It was great!) The next day we both headed into town to head our seperate ways. It was great, I think maybe for the first time we both really realized what we were carring and got pics of each other (waiting for her to email to me). The valley here is much less rugged than the S.I. but still breath taking.

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K

Posted by krystalynn 04:28 Archived in New Zealand Tagged ecotourism

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Finally. So good to hear your adventures. Your going to have withdrawals when you return us. Love you bushels. Nonnie

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