Driving into Taupo, the main town on the Lake, we immediately realised we'd been right to stay in the southern part of the area. Nothing particularly wrong with the place but it broke the spell which had been cast over the previous week. So we decided we'd have a couple of days and a quick look at key sights. Craters of the Moon is a vast natural geo-thermal area with vents and fumeroles steaming and fuming away, with the occasional bubbling mud pool. Actually when driving around the whole Taupo area steam billows everywhere and there is a slight scent (if you can call it that) of sulphur. Next stop were the pleasant Huka Falls where a river is channelled from over 100 metres wide into a 15 metre mini gorge creating a thunderous rush and roar of water. We also took the opportunity to catch up on another latest release at the flicks - Sex in the City.It was really good fun and worth seeing (for those who like sex in the city!!). E also took up the local charity golf challenge - attempting to hit (and hopefully get a hole in one) an island 105 metres into Lake Taupo (see Taupo photo album). As happens on the golf course his range was quite good but erratic.However, he did hit the floating island which looks much smaller that any golf course green.Taupo looks back over the lake to the volcanoes we'd been admidst the previous weekbut with overcast weather we only got a glimpse of them on the last morning before we left.
E & M xxx