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Come Rain, Come Shine

Tuesday 13th October 2015

rain 18 °C

It was sadly time for us to leave the Tongariro area and drive to Lake Taupo. At 66 miles this was one of our shorter journeys and would only take us about an hour and a half. On the basis that we only had a short journey and couldn't check into our Taupo motel until 2pm, we decided to go back to the Tongariro National Park and have breakfast at a cafe near the visitor centre and the Chateau. Unfortunately when we arrived it was closed 'due to technical problems'. As we were getting hungry by this point we went back to the lounge bar at the Chateau in the hope of some food there.

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They didn't have any brunch specifically but nevertheless we both found something to choose off the menu (I had a BLT and fries, not very healthy but filling). We sat there for quite a while making use of their wifi. They were very hospitable and didn't seem to mind us lingering. We got chatting to a some of the other people in the lounge. One group was an elderly couple originally from Scotland but had been living in New Zealand for about 50 years. They were there with their daughter who had been born in New Zealand. The other couple who were much younger than us, coincidentally were from Ipswich but travelling round the world for 6 months. I had heard the older couple's daughter trying to explain what the view out of the lounge bar window was like and so I went and showed them the photograph I had taken yesterday (which although not very clear was much better than today). The other couple then asked to see and soon we were all chatting.

Eventually we all needed to go our separate ways, including us who by now really needed to start the journey to Taupo. We said our goodbyes and got on our way. By this time the weather was getting worse with the visibility reduced still further, and then rain come in.

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It was like this until we got over the range of hills separating Tongariro from Taupo. Once we got the other side of the ridge there was a viewpoint with great views of some of the lower peaks and those beyond the lake itself.

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After taking some photographs we got on our way and very shortly were driving along the shores of Lake Taupo. The lake is very big, measuring some 21 by 29 miles with a perimeter of 120 miles.

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We followed this shoreline round for about 25 miles before reaching our accommodation. We checked in and relaxed for a while, and then did some washing. We ended the day by having a gin and tonic in our semi-external hot tub and then we had supper and watched a movie. We really liked our home for the next couple of days, it was well fitted out and the owners Pete and Penny had given a lot of attention to detail. The location right opposite the lake was also a real bonus.

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Posted by Gill's Travels 23:54 Archived in New Zealand Tagged mountains lakes new_zealand taupo

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