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16.06.2010 10 °C
what to do in new zealand? go places, thats what...
a few weekends ago was queen's birthday weekend which means its a long weekend (or bank holiday weekend for those in blighty). note that queen's birthday is celebrated on different days around the world. which means the queen must hold the world record for the number of birthdays in a single year.
anyway, it's early june, getting cold here in auckland, and the weather is turning - it's officially winter. so the best idea is to go further south and also gain some altitude to make sure it is even colder - so we went to taupo!
(note for those that don't know, taupo is a town on the side of lake taupo, a huge lake in the centre-ish of the north island, called the events capital of new zealand and where the a1 grand prix used to be held. the lake is the caldera of a stupidly big volcano that erupted a long long time ago, and is only dormant, so we are waiting for it to blow up again. best not to be around when it does)
so on saturday we hired ourselves a car (this was the weekend just after anita got hit from behind) and took off to the cooler south! it was all planned by me as a suprise for anita, a bit of a get away to see more of the country and get away from home for a bit.
we stayed a huka falls lodge in a little studio room. and man, was it cold when we got there! the room felt like it had not been heated for a while, but we got the heater on and closed all the curtains, and then went out to have a look around. now, since it was a long weekend, the weather was crap, as happens everywhere. so saturday afternoon and evening we took a look at huka falls and some of the geothermal sights around taupo.
and then the rain set in. the rest of the weekend we took a look at what was on offer from inside the warmth of the car or museum type places. we did drive up to whakapapa, to the top of the bruce, to see the sights, of which there were none as the clouds started before we got to ruapehu, and we did not leave it until we were on the way back to taupo again. but the chateau looked nice once we could see it.
and thats about it really. a relaxing weekend away, fully deserved after the stress of crash thursday!