Sunday, September 9, 2012

Taupo to Cape Reinga, NZ and back.
Pt 3: Wellsford to the Kai Iwi Lakes

Jan - Mar 2012 we travelled with friends, Chris and Kev, from Te Anau, for 8 weeks from Taupo to Cape Reinga and back to Auckland.  Following are some of the pics and places where we stayed and visited.  Enjoy the journey with us
The Kauri Museum at Matakohe is a 'must stop'. 

There and a great many outstanding displays depicting the age of Kauri milling.

All the models used in the displays are fashioned from local people.

On the road from Matakohe to Dargaville you pass a well known landmark called Toka Toka.  That's the pointy one in the distance.

The challenge was to climb Toka Toka to see the view and find the geocache at the top.  This view is to the North with the Wairoa rive in the background.

This pic gives an idea of how high.  In almost the centre of the pic at the edge of the bush you can just make out the two motorhomes, 'Dora' and 'The Italian Job.  This view is to the East.
A similar view to the above pic looking more to the Sou-East.  Again you can see the motorhomes.  Certainly wouldn't like to make the steep climb after some rain.  Yes we did find the geocache.

A night in Dargaville and a geocache or two and it was off to the Kai Iwi Lakes.

Via a short stop at Bayleys Beach for lunch.

After a bit of a stroll on the beach.

To the Kai Iwi Lakes for a few nights.

A swim at the Lakes was very refreshing. 

With a nice fish around 4LB spinning. Well done Kev.
And one a bit smaller fly fishing.

For Pt 4 we'll continue from the Kai Iwi Lakes up the Kauri Coast to Opononi.

Taupo to Cape Reinga, NZ (2012) Pt 2: Waikite Springs

Taupo to Cape Reinga, NZ and back.
Pt 2: Waikite Springs to Wellsford.

Jan - Mar 2012 we travelled with friends, Chris and Kev, from Te Anau, for 8 weeks from Taupo to Cape Reinga and back to Auckland.  Following are some of the pics and places where we stayed and visited.  Enjoy the journey with us.
From Waikite Springs we had to pass through Rotorua.  There's pictures of Rotorua in other blogs but not one quite like this.  I mentioned that we were geocachers and yes there was a geocache in one of the tubes on top.

We were on our way to catch up with great friends, Rob and Jane (that's the two in the middle), who we had all spent some great times motorhoming together  in the South Island.

Rob and Jane have bought a lifestyle property not far from Te Awamutu and a couple of really enjoyable days were spent with them before we moved on.  Without doubt Rob excels in fun game charades.  He'll remember - or will he?

The Rob & Jane reservation - plenty of grass so where's all the bison?
Notice how I cleverly got myself in the picture - cunning huh!

Rob and Jane are also keen geocachers - there's one here around the giant cicada!!!

All to soon we have to be on our way.  Off to meet Kev & Chris' friendd out of Cambridge.  On the way it was a quick tourist stop at the Karapiro Dam.  To skinny for motorhomes to cross.

Looking for a geocache gave another view.  Supposedly it's good trout fishing down there.

Out of Cambridge saw us at the roads end, that's the white dots in the middle.

A bit closer.
Parked up for a very rural evening.  Hope the weather holds.

There's not many places in town or city that could offer this fine rural dining.

A couple of nights stop at Ray's Rest on the Seabird Coast.

And a reward from the sea.

And it was a fast pass through Auckland to the Matakana Farmers Market.

A short distance out from Warkworth.

A bit of sightseeing.

An interesting place to 'spend a penny'.

Then just out from Matakana is Morris and James.

To spend much more than 'a penny'.

From Matakana the destination for the night was Maungaturoto with a quick stop looking for a couple of geocaches on the way through Wellsford.  Pt 3 will start at the Kauri Museum at Matakohe.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Taupo to Cape Reinga, NZ (2012) Pt 1: Taupo to Waikite Springs

Taupo to Cape Reinga, NZ and back.

Pt 1: Taupo  to Waikite Springs

Jan - Mar 2012 we travelled with friends, Chris and Kev, from Te Anau, for 8 weeks from Taupo to Cape Reinga and back to Auckland.  Following are some of the pics and places where we stayed and visited.  Enjoy the journey with us.

In 2011 we made a date with friends Chris and Kev from Te Anau, NZ, that we would catch with them when the visited the North Island in January of 2012.  When we were travelling the South Island (see Intrepid Journey Blogs) we thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent travelling with them and looked forward to spend further time with them in our part of New Zealand.

The summer of 2012 started a few weeks before we were due to meet with Kev and Chris. We started at Wharekahou (Simpson's Beach) just north of Whitianga.

The weather over the Christmas - New Year period towards the end of the break deteriorated with a lot of rain and wind which sometimes resulted in great sunsets when the sky cleared somewhat.

On the way to Taupo to join with Chris and Kev we stopped off at for a couple of nights at Lake Okareka.  To get there take the Lake Tarawera road.  The turn off is before you get to the Blue Lake or if you miss it you can turn off at the Blue Lake.

Space for overnight parking is very limited however it's certainly a great spot for Kiwis and overseas visitors alike.  Doesn't get much better than this.

Arriving in Taupo it was off to Cafe L'Arte for a reunion lunch with Kev and Chris.

Cafe L'Arte is renown not only for it's food but for the huge range of ceramics and other 'arty stuff'.  (Chris is taking the pic.)

It really is an awesome place to visit and this one pic doesn't do it justice.  If you're ever in Taupo make sure you make time to visit for a coffee, wander the gardens and the shop.

We decided to spend our first couple of nights of the adventure at Lake Rerewhakaaitu.  To have our first FGC (family group conference) and maybe catch a trout or two.

It's always important to have a watchful eye on the boys as camp is made.  Back to Lake Rerewhakaatiu after the next couple of pics.

On the way to Lake Rerewhakaatiu we stopped off at the thermal area of Waumangu at the foot of Maungakakaramea (Rainbow Mountain).  All of us are keen geocachers hence the GPS in hand. 

 Ever tried to time it to catch a blob of mud erupting from a boiling mud pool.  Many were trying.

Waimangu is definitely worth a visit for its colours and thermal activity.  
There is a 1hr walk to the top of Maungakakaramea if you're a mind too.  

From various vantage points the beauty of the area can be seen like this small lake.

Back at Lake Rerewhakaatiu using the camp site Bar-B-Qs probably wasn't going to be an option.  The lake level had been at record highs, There are no actual out flow from the lake.

As the light fades in the West.

Evening fly fishing over calm water lets you get in touch.

One of a couple of rainbow trout caught.  In good condition and soon to grace the table.

This letterbox was spotted on the way Waikite Springs, our next stop.  I've been collecting pics of letterboxes and this is a great addition.

Also on the way to the Waikite Springs was this small lake.  I didn't know it even existed.  A short walk down a track from the main road presented us with Lake Ngapouri.  Apparently although we didn't have time to prove it, it is very good for trout fishing.  Needless to say there was a GC (geocache) on the walk in.

Don't know where all the pics went for Waikite but it's worth staying a night or two for a really nice soak in the hot pools.  Don't know where all the pics went.

The up welling of boiling hot water supplies the thermal pools.  Before it gets to the thermal pools it goes through an elaborate system cooling so that a soak is just right.  From Waikite we head off to catch up with friends Rob and Jane on their new reservation just out of Te Awamutu.

See you on Pt 2.