The views from the kitchen window of the batch are lovely. We leave reluctantly to explore the sights of Taupo.
We drive into Taupo, passing a giant bicycle that commemorates the annual Taupo cycling challenge. The lake is 160km in circumference and about 7,000 cyclists participate in the challenge to ride either 1/4 (40km), 1/2 (80km), 1 (160km), 2 (320km) or 4 (680km) laps of the lake, or to challenge themselves to one of the many MTB rides held at the same festival. It inspires me to plan some more long rides when I return home.
The Aratiatia Rapids are usually released from Lake Taupo a few times each day. But with the rains from Cyclones Debbie and Cook the rapids are flowing 24/7 right now. The water looks fake due to the blue colour and movie set rapids.
Craters of the Moon
The Craters of the Moon are well worth the modest $8 entry fee ($20 for families with up to four children). This is a geothermal field containing steam vents and boiling mud pools. It’s not as stinky as I expected and the walk is thoroughly enjoyable.
Huka Falls are crowded with hoards of tourists. But don’t let that put you off: Huka Falls are incredible. Like Aratiatia Falls, the falls look like they were created by Hollywood set makers.