Saturday, May 25, 2013

Rotovegas, Mount, Taupo

  The 9-12 of May I went, by way of nakedbus, to Mount Maunganui, Rotorua, and Taupo. The Mount was beautiful and the weather though intermittently rainy was perfect for relaxing and wandering around. I hiked the Mount, walked the beach, read, went to the library (my new favorite way to get to know a new place - I went in Rotorua and Nelson too), and the bar for a good ale. Friday I went to Rotorua to do a bit of the same with an evening of Maori culture experiences including a traditional hangi (food cooked in the ground by hot stones). Saturday I was off to Taupo after a sit and read by Lake Rotorua. Taupo was more rainy, but I enjoyed a lovely thai dinner with a bottle of byo red wine to go with my duck. On Sunday before my return to Auckland I went for a bit of hike to the Huka Falls. Plenty of rest, reading, and sightseeing fulfilled my weekend to round out my central North Island travel. 

From the top of the Mount

Lake Rotorua

Hangi uncovering

Maori Warriors arrive by way of a waka

cultural show - after dinner we also went to see glow worms in their natural
habitat on a bush walk- beautiful 

Lake Taupo

Lake Rotorua

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