Taupo (Taupo, New Zealand)

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The views from the kitchen window of the batch are lovely. Paul and I discuss the stupidity of large houses when all a couple really need is this sort of space with a bed, lounge, bathroom and kitchen. Even this open plan building with its pretty views should be enough.
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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.
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We stop in town for cake and tea at Cafe 99. It’s a cute cafe.

Then the real fun begins. Today I’ll let the pictures and videos do the talking.
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We start with some time watching the Aratiatia Rapids with their impossibily blue waters.

Next we walk around the Craters of the Moon, which are well worth tge modest $8 entry fee ($20 for families with up to four children). This is a geothermal field containing steam vents and boiling mud pools.

Finally we join the hoards of tourists at Huka Falls. Again, the water is a crazy blue colour like nothing I’ve ever seen.
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To round out the day we enjoy the comfort of the Kinloch bach as afternoon turns to evening. I start a puzzle and we don’t put in the final piece until midnight has come and gone. It’s been a perfrct day.