Another sight seeing day-this time Taupo. First stop was Orakei Korako Thermal Village. A beautiful off the beaten track, thermal village complete with its own little boat to whisk you accross the lake to start the tour. I walked around teh park, wondering at the bubbling mud pools, venting cracks in the earth and famous Maori wishing cave with cristal clear blue water. After I had taken my fill of pictures I sped off to my next destination, Haka Falls.
Haka Falls are nearer Taupo, a natural waterfall, asssisted by the building of a dam upstream several years ago, which lets out a huge stream of water once a day to excite any Japanese tourists lurking on the viewing platforms. It wasn't up to Iguacsu standards-but very impressive none the less.
5 mins down the road is Taupo itself-a large town situated on Lake Taupo, and surrounded by many mountains and volcaoes, none of which I can remember the name of! I had lunch on the lake and a quick walk along it before heading back to Rotorua, one last stop on teh way back.
The Craters of the Moon are more thermal areas, but covered mainly with gorse-so it looks like walking through a misty Scottish higland! I again took lots of pictures of steaming vents and craters and bubbling mud pools-surprisingly still enjoyable...it was a beautiful walk.