Why go? Outside thermal spa, Tongariro national park and the mystic Whanganui river.
What did I enjoy? Lets start with the free stuff. Outdoor spa thermal (free) park is about 25 minutes from central Taupo. It offers an opportunity to dip in a hot pool (very warm, not hot) for free. My advise would be to go early as it can hold about 12 people at most.
The Whanganui River winds throughout the Tasman Sea, its remote, beautiful and in cloudy weather mystic. Two options: walk to Huka falls(free) along the river from central Taupo. Alternatively go down the river (free if you have the equipment and experience). It takes a good 2.5 hours to go down rafting, which a number of companies offer.
Tongariro national park (free) with its stunning views throughout, (pic in this blog) you do however need to get yourself there. Options shuttle bus (65 dollars), car or good old fashioned hitchhiking.
Sorry I didn’t get chance to explore the lake to make any suggestions.
New Zealand words and slang
Sweet as- very good
Buck-interchangeable term with Dollar
Nono- Maori for Bum
So I have spent four days in paradise. Everywhere you look there is another stunning view. However just a tip this area is best explored with a car.
Coromendel:Unfortunately I only drove through this area on my way to Waitianga, but the views (forests, hills, seaside’s) were to die for. Consider a stop off at Coromendel town for further exploration.
Waitianga: This is a good central place to allow you to explore. The town itself is a bit basic but there are plenty of good quality hostels (I loved my hostel On the Beach Backpackers Lodge) and other accommodation.
Hehei: From Waitianga you can catch a ferry towards Hahei- there are so many beautiful beaches to explore however my top recommendations:Hot Water Beach (shuttle bus-don’t bike I almost died from exhaustion), dig a hole in the beach and hot water fills it, it was super relaxing. It advises that its only usable two hours before and after low tide-however I was there three hours after low tide. Cathedral Cove, you have to hike down to the cove, which in itself has stunning views. The Cove has two little golden beaches and some coves you can go inside- the best part are the views (picture in this blog)
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