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.

Rest day in Beldibi (Lycia, Turkey)

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The camping ground in Beldibi is quite nice. Well, it’s situation on the beach is nice. The camping ground itself is pretty average and run down. But there is a reason for that. This is a tour package resort town. The roads are lined with hotels targeted at Germans and Russians. There are no restaurants because everyone has food included in their package but there are plenty of souvenir and beach wear shops with signage in Russian and prices in Russian ruble and US dollars. But the location is gorgeous and we are ready for a rest day after being on the go since we arrived in Turkey about two weeks ago.

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All we do all day is relax. We have a bit of a swim in the morning. Mum and Dad read their books. I do some work. And then before we know it, the day has come to an end.

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All that’s left to do is watch the sunset and eat dinner relaxing at camp. Sadly, it’s also our final night together. Tomorrow Mum and Dad will carry on in the camper van to Istanbul and I will collect a rental car in Antalya and explore some more of Turkey on my own. It’s been really special to share this time with my parents. I’m glad they are fit and enjoy sailing, hiking and camping.