Monday 11th February 2019
11.02.2019 - 11.02.2019
Left around 9am. On the way stopped at Haku Falls - really worthwhile. Lovely hot and sunny morning.
Drove on to Thermal Wonderland at Wai-O-Tapu (Taupo volcanic zone). Pre booked tickets. Fascinating thermal pools. Huge area. We watched the Geyser Lady Knox erupt. It can carry on erupting for up to an hour. But it only lasted about 10 mins. at most. Was a bit of an anti-climax actually. But saying that, the rest of the Thermal ‘Park’ was wonderful. We spent over an hour walking around and it was fabulous. NOTE OF WARNING for anyone visiting - they do NOT take cash. Even if you want a bottle of water you have to pay by card. Guess who didn’t read the (in my view very small) signs!! A quick sandwich here and moving on.
Stopped at Taupo for a cold drink and a banana split. It was rather larger than expected. I couldn’t eat it all but delicious.
After leaving here the road was at first very straight and boring. Spencer was in danger of falling asleep, so I took over. The journey got more interesting as we twisted and turned through the mountains.
Arrived in Napier and the sun was still shining.
Our apartment at The Quest is one of the best so far. There are only 2 with large balconies looking out over the front (albeit a car park view and houses on a hill beyond) and we are lucky to have one of those. With washing and drying facilities I can get up-to-date with our laundry. Forget the ironing bit!! This was one accommodation that we booked direct.
I even cooked a meal this evening!! This was mainly because we couldn’t find many restaurants open. There are lots of cafes that obviously close late afternoon and lots of shops, also closed by this time.