Days 96-98 Taupo & Tauranga

April 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

After a couple of days in the wild another tourist hot spot is again tolerable: Taupo

The Huka Falls are famous for the amazing color of the water:

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And a bit further downstream is a big dam, followed by the Aratiatia Rapids. Not very impressive at the wrong time:

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But every 3 hours they open the dam for 15 minutes:

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And then it get's more exciting:

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I had to pick up some mail that arrived for me in Waihi, so the next stop was Tauranga for one night. Just enough time to climb Mt. Manganui and enjoy the nice view:

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