NZ2012 – 9th Jan – Heading South

***Reminder – This text was written back in 2012, at the time of the trip. Adding to Blog today!!***

9th Jan. Day 9

KM Travelled today = 202.
Total KM this trip so far = 1,073

Up early as a busy day ahead, a couple of things to do in Rotorua, then a relatively short drive down to Tongariro National Park.

After breakfast, we hot footed it over to Wai O Tapu Geothermal Wonderland for a look around the Geotherms (don’t think that’s a word) but mainly to see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt at about 10.15. Oh, forgot to say, the day at the moment was like a wet weekend in Skegness.Surely the sun will come soon!!!!

The Geyser was good to watch, although we found out that although it erupts daily, the timings cannot be predicted, so they add Surfactant to the Geyser to induce an eruption, for us tourists!!! After the eruption, we headed back to the Thermal Park, and took a walk around, but only half of it as we had other plans for the rest of the day.

We then hit the road (still raining, obviously) to head to Taupo, our lunch stop. Amazingly, on the way, THE SUN CAME OUT AND WE ENJOYED BLUE SKIES!!! We made a quick stop at Haka Falls, then into the town centre for a nice little lunch in a quirky place called Replete. We just missed out on the lunch menu, so we were stuck with the prepared food. Suzanne couldn’t have her Mussels in chilli broth, so opted for the Mussel fritta. I, being my usual adventurous self, had……..wait for it…….. a cheese and ham baguette, although I did have a pot of chilli dip on the side, because this country appears to have never heard of mayonnaise!!!!

Anyway, after a quick walk around town, we headed south towards our overnight stop at Tongariro National Park. We couldn’t resist stopping on the way, as Taupo Lake is huge, the biggest in NZ, and some of the stops were just like stopping at a beach, great views, and at last, great weather…… Got to the accommodation at 17:30ish, for our closest call yet to Backpacker accommodation.

We were upgraded to what was quite a nice room considering. A corner room, where dominating the landscape are the dramatic volcanic mountains of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. We headed off to the Chateau Tongariro for a slap up meal, then back to our Lodge for sleeps as we plan a 6am start tomorrow.

The entrance to Lady Knox Geyser

The entrance to Lady Knox Geyser

There she blows!!

There she blows!!

In full flow, shame about the grey skies!!

In full flow, shame about the grey skies!!

The Champagne pool

The Champagne pool

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At Huka Falls

At Huka Falls

Huka Falls Jet. We saved our Jet Boat ride for Queenstown, more on that later!!

HukaFals Jet. We saved our Jet Boat ride for Queenstown, more on that later!!

Us, just near Huka Falls / Lake Taupo

Us, just near Huka Falls / Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo, as we head south

Lake Taupo, as we head south

Lake Taupo, as we head south

Lake Taupo, as we head south

A lovely drive....

A lovely drive….

Our corner room

Our corner room

The view from our room in the day...spot my shadow!!

The view from our room in the day…spot my shadow!!

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Where we had a lovely meal..

The view from our hotel room, at midnight....a long exposure to say the least

The view from our hotel room, at midnight….a long exposure to say the least

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