Our welcoming committee, thank you Mr Phillips
We left Featherston and managed to navigate Ok down through Upper and Lower Hutt and on to Highway 1 where we stopped at lovely Paekakariki for morning coffee. On to the north and the scenery got pretty interesting at Stony Point Lookout with the glorious snow capped Mt Ruapehu on the horizon. There were more great views to come as we threaded the throbbing Ducati across the “Rangipo Desert” with astonishing views and a surreal atmosphere. All the while the weather was warming and it was a bit of a sweaty slog into Taupo, after some refreshment for both the bike and us at Turangi. Bobs Hostel in Taupo was somewhat less than refreshing, but nevertheless a good experience to add to our trip. The excruciating vomit stinking out the hallway up from our room was a challenge for the first 24 hours, after which the smell was gone but the stain remained. Nevertheless, the youth in the hostel remind me of the great value in spending time with people younger than yourself, although hopefully without the vomit from a night in the turps.
We had a great walk to Huka Falls from Taupo, along the glorious garish glacial green and crystal clear Waikato River, with trees lining the banks, mostly backed by very steep cliffs. The roaring Huka Falls are quite a sight, with water raging down a narrow channel in the river and making a short cascade down to the river again as it widens and flattens out. We enjoyed an ice cream, a few ooh and aahhs, and a selfie or two before venturing through some very beautiful cathedral like plantings of Redwood (Sequoia) trees before we were ejected on to the road in suburbia and into Taupo.