Wai-o-Tapu to Tongariro

We left rotorua, but not without seeing another thermal park. We had high expectations for this park, based on pictures we saw. It had a big geyser and stunning vulcanic pools. The first part was a marketing rip-off. The geyser was artificial and activitated daily by adding some kind of soap. But the park itself was very nice. A 3 km hike with the champagne pool (what else) as our personal highlight. A boiling blue lake with brown and green colours on the edges.



We decided to skip Hobitton and Waitomo glowworm caves, these were either too expensive for some hairy feet midgets or too far a drive for a 20 minute tour in a cave. Sorry to all the Lord of the Rings fans, we will make it up with you later.

As a small compensation we did the detour to Te Puke, which is the kiwi capital of NZ. We now know everything about kiwi’s ( the fruit, not the bird, nor the people). Kiwi360 is a working plantage where one can get a ride in some kind of kiwitrain. We now know how kiwi’s are grown. All new zealand kiwi’s are for export to europe. The kiwi’s we are rating in new zealand are imported from Italy. Humane logic…



We headed to lake Taupo, the largests lake of new zealand. This is more a nice place for a stopover on the way down. Before we arrived there we had to stop at huka falls. These are nice falls, but seemed to be even nicer if you are in one of the jetboats, making a 360spin just underneath the falls. We chose a visit to the prawn farm instead. We weren’t overly excited about that at first, but it turned out to be a nice discovery park and at the end we could fish for our own prawns. The once we got, we could cook and eat right away. Because of all that, tanne en inse suddenly like prawn…


Next update be tongariro national park…

Ps we are not impressed by the Maori look… We too can look mad!



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5 Comments to Wai-o-Tapu to Tongariro

  1. Melissa en Geert says:

    Supermooie foto’s, wat een zichten…het lijken wel postkaartjes …. En de meisjes zijn zo flink, amai

  2. Griet en Thierry says:

    hehe de max! En eindelijk grote foto’s, joepie! Ik dacht al dat ik nen bril ging nodig hebben 😉 eet nog maar veel kiwi’s daar, geniet ervan! x

  3. krist en tach says:

    oooooooo zo moooi ons inse en tanne
    groetjes Zoe

  4. dirk & domi says:

    Wel nog een beetje bruinen hé
    Hier herfstweer in sleine

  5. krist en tach says:

    duidelijker wat warmer en zonniger bij jullie
    geniet er van
    groetjes t’straatje

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