Taupo to Napier

Today has been mostly about avoiding the rain. We were planning to spend the day on and around Lake Taupo but at times the rain was so heavy that we could barely see the lake so we changed our plans. First we went to Huka Falls which is a section of rapids on the Waikoto¬† River that feeds a dam used for generating electricity. The rain wasn’t too bad here so we went for a walk alongside the river but it turned torrential as we were ready to leave.

Huka falls Huka falls

After lunch (eaten in the car to avoid the rain) we went for a coffee to find some shelter and update the blog and then took a drive around Lake Taupo in our unnecessarily large hire car.

Lake Taupo Toyota Camry Coffee + Wifi

We then abandoned Taupo and drove to Napier which is where we’re spending the next 2 nights and is the southernmost point of our trip. It rained pretty much all the way but the highlight was seeing Melvyn and his Stump Branch Crew clearing a section of forrest alongside the road.

Logging en route to Napier Logging

We’re now checked in to our motel and have been for a walk around Napier to check out where we might want to go for dinner. After we’ve dried off we’re going to head back out.

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