11 December 2011

Redundant Mum on the road again Day 2 Taupo to Huka Falls

Day two in Taupo we decided to walk to Huka Falls. It would have taken a couple of minutes to drive there, but the two hour walk seemed like a good idea at the time. The walk starts from Taupo Bungee, which just happens to be quite near to an op shop I like to visit. Handy that. Needless to say neither of us wanted to try out the bungee jump.
Not sure where the owner of these boots has gone.
This sign rather confused me. Confidence course to the toilets, does that mean you should pay a visit before going on the walk, so you can be confident you won't be caught short. I don't know, do you? Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions.
We did find the thermal stream steaming its way down to the Waikato. Looks peaceful from this side, but behind me it was full of scantily clad people enjoying the warm water.

I am sure these lupins are nasty weeds, but this whole meadow of them looked stunning.
The views over the river were beautiful, accenting the amazing colour of the water, so many shades of turquoise and green. I am going to run out of enthusiastic descriptive words soon.

I had to take a picture of this pretty thistle.
The views on our side of the river were not to shabby either.
Although the path did meander up and down quite a few wee hills, it was well looked after and easy to walk. Why did I imagine that a walk along side a river would be all flat. My legs ached for the next couple of days, I am not used to walking up and down hills.
Another must take a picture of flower.
Eventually we reached the falls, we could hear them from quite a distance. The photos don't do justice to the amount of water that rushes through the narrow gorge, the power of which was incredible.
Again the range of colours in the water was really inspiring.
Unfortunately once you get there you remember you then have to walk back. Luckily there is a little kiosk selling reviving ice creams. And the walk back was not to bad, mainly because we talked so much, we did have four years worth of talking to catch up on.
More details of day 3, 4 and 5 coming soon.

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