After Rotorua we went to Taupo for a night. Taupo is beside the world’s largest
Crater Lake. We really liked
Taupo but it wasn’t photogenic so we caught up on some laundry and in the
evening our driver took us to an amazing natural water fall . There were two guys including
Jeff, and 12 women making for a fun night. We brought beer and glow sticks to
light up our grotto. hot springs
The following morning we drove from Taupo to National Park. We were interested in doing the Tongariro Crossing but this was closed due to recent volcanic activity. The photo below of Mnt. Ngauruhoe was taken across from our accommodations; which was used in Lord of the Rings as
Blue Duck Lodge
The weather started to turn around and we were off to Whakahoro, (pronounced: fuck-a-whore-oh). Our next stop was Blue Duck Lodge, a great big plot of land where the owners and volunteers are working hard to promote bird conservation. Mostly they are focused on the conservation of the Blue Duck...hence the name.
On the way Jeff and our driver stopped to checkout some bee hives. Standing so close Jeff could feel the vibrations of their wings. The honey made from the pollen of Manuka, (tea tree), is very sought after for its medicinal qualities.
The cool part about
A small group of us walked to a near by water fall and on the way found many sheep and lamb covered hill side. We aren’t veterinarian’s, but we came across the sheep pictured below and are sure it was in labour.
Our next stop is