Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Yesterday we explored the stunning Huka Falls and took a nice hike down the Waikato River. We also went to the geothermal area known as craters of the moon, Lots of steam vents and bubbling mud pools. There was a great lookout over the area after a steap climb. Lots of exercise this trip!
Today we woke up early to kayak to the Maori carvings in the rocks on Taupo Lake. It was a bit chilly at first but as the sun came up it was fantastic. Chad and I shared a tandem kayak. The water was crystal clear and blue and the scenery was breath taking. We paddled out about an hour and a half out to the carvings which are only accessable by the water. Then on the way back we stopped for some morning tea and cookies. Our guide Nel was great, reminded me of my friend Laura from college. We had great views of the volcanoes that are in the Lord of the Rings movies. wish I could post some photos, but I am at an internet cafe.


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