Dan and Lu's Travels
Like many places in NZ, Taupo has thermal areas; just outside the town centre is Craters of the Moon,which is basically lots of craters which are full of boiling, bubbling mud and surrounded by ground which is literally steaming. It had just rained so there was lots of huge billows of white vapour mysteriously rising from the earth. It looked like something from Doctor Who..... and itsmelt of sulphur, which was horrid. The boiling mud and steam was quite unnerving really, making me feel like I was too close to the Earth's core. Very dramatic though. Taupo is on the Waikato River which,just north of town produces the fantasic Huka Falls, known as Hukanui in Maori,whihc means Great Body of Spray. The water is very clear and turquoise, absoultely gorgeous. The Waikato, the longest river in NZ, out of Lake Taupo, a serenely glassy, huge lake. It was created by a massive volcanic eruption about 26,500 years ago. We went up to where they do bungee jumps over (and into) the river to watch people doing it. We didn't see anyone,thankgod,as Ifelt sickjust looking!