Today it was a national holiday for the Kiwi' s and that was noticeable.It was more busy than ever also on road.Taupo was packed this afternoon.
When we left Hasting this morning it was 13 C and cloudy.It did not improve and got even some rain when driving through the mountains.
Around noon we arrived at the camping in sunny Taupo and got a spot only20 meters of the kitchen and BBQ area. The girl in the office told us that it was only 2 km walking into town.
When we were just on our way a old man stopped with his car and asked if we needed a lift into town which we greatly appreciated .He told us that he was a retired farmer and his wife just passed away two days ago ,anyhow he dropped us of in the centre.
Taupo is a rather large town and has around 22000 inhabitants.The town lies at the northeastern end of lake Taupo and is NZ largest lake which was formed by an volcanic explosion a while ago.
On a clear day ,the distant volcanic peaks of Mounts Tongaririo and the snow capped Ruapehu mountain provides a spectacular backdrop on the lake.
Taupo services surrounding farms and forrests and a important tourist industry.
.Of course all kind of watersports are offered.Many hotels have their own hot pools which is also the case on our camping so we used this when returned.We walked back through " Spa road"and saw the bungy jump attraction which is set above the Waikato River. The costs of one jump was $ 169 however would not do it even when it was for free.Tomorrow we are still in Taupo and in the afternoon rain is expected. That will not stop us doing the Huka falls walk.
J & J