After a great four days at our friends we headed to Lake Taupo and the geothermic delights of the north island.
After a discussion with Kathrine before we left New Plymouth I decided to take her advice and plot a route that avoided something called the Forgotten World Highway. An hour later after driving down an unsealed road and running in fumes I realised we were on the Forgotten World Highway, oops!
We trundled along with thoughts of calling out the AA on a phone which wasn't picking up a network until we reached, what looked like on the the map, a decent sized town. We entered the crossroads in the middle of town around lunch time time find it devoid of all human life. It was like something from 28 Days Later. Even more spookier was that when we did see anyone it was kids playing in the local primary school playground, I started to have flashbacks to A Nightmare on Elm Street.
So without further a due this "town" was put in our rear view mirror and the reserve tank was put to the test.
As we climbed and descended some beautiful mountain sides and hills, a great back drop for a domestic by the way, we searched for fuel, and life. Eventually we found a female farm-hand on a quad. Petrina jumped out and asked the woman where we could get some fuel. "Petrol or Diesel" was the reply as she held up two Jerry cans. Once she saw how low we were she decided we needed a little more so we followed her to her farm and petrol supplies. We were kindly lavished with 3/4 of a tank and had to insist strongly that she took some money for it. Eventually she did, but I'll probably never pay so little again for fuel. So with a big thanks and a happy travels we were on our way again.
Once in Taupo we checked in to a really clean campsite, cooked up some nice nosh for supper then hit the hay for a big day in the morning.
The next day we went to the hot springs at local park. Really hot and steaming mini waterfalls empty out into a really pretty blue/green river. It was scorching in some places but a great natural spa and opened up the pours.
After drying off we trekked along the river to the falls at the end. A real force of nature, 100,000 litres of water a second bursting out at the end, more of a colossal jet than a falls.
After a spot of lunch a a trek back we drove up to some smoking craters. This is all part if the Geothermic Highway, however these are man made. The story goes that a power station in the 50's was using water from underground which was cooling volcanic heat from under the earth. The result is in the pictures. (They'll be up soon).
Love to all C & P xx