Our first experience with Taupo (pronounced Tow-Paw in Maori) was when we were driving back from Wellington to Auckland. On the 8 hour drive home, we drove by the lake and pulled over to admire how scenic it was.
We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go back to lake Taupo with Chads Parents. Normally we are huge beach people, and we weren’t expecting the lake to be as awesome as it was.
Huka Falls are a set of waterfalls that drain lake Taupo. This is one of the prettiest sights in New Zealand. The water is a spectacular aqua color. If you wanna kick it up a notch, you can do the Huka Falls Jet and whip around on the water.
Maori Rock Carvings
Another big attraction in this area is the Maori Rock Carvings. These carvings are the remains of an ancient Maori village and they are only accessible by water. We did a 5pm pizza and beer cruise with Sail Barbary. We highly recommend it. The sail was very tranquil and the mountains in the backdrop created a wonder ambiance.
After the sail we picked up some dinner and watched the sunset. Can you think of a better day? I can’t. Spending time on the water with family, this is my idea of a perfect day.
Thermal Springs (Otumuheke Stream)
We drove out to the Spa Park and took a short walk to the stream. There we saw an abundance of people relaxing in the water and steam rising from a few areas. One of the most unique things about New Zealand is the thermal activity. There are many man made pools throughout the island that are naturally heated by the earth and a few nature made springs which have thermal activity. This was one of them. The temperature and levels of water vary according on rainfall, but trust me, it gets H O T!
- Don’t miss out on Taupo.
- Huka Falls is absolutely beautiful, worth seeing.
- Thermal springs, also worth seeing.
- The Maori rock carvings were really neat, but we enjoyed the Sail itself the most. We would recommend Sail Barbary a hundred times over.
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