Taupo, Turangi, Okahune
Saturday 19th February
We got away by 8am, and made it to Huka Falls before three bus-loads
of tourists turned up.
After that we visited the Craters of the Moon, where you can walk along
wooden walkways above steam vents and fumaroles. An impressive landscape,
and there was a bit of bubbling mud.
We drove out to a lookout above the Wairakei geothermal power station,
which I would have liked to have seen closer up.
It turns out there are no power station tours on
weekends, and that they need to be booked half a day in advance anyway.
At Wairakei Terracces we decided we'd had enough geothermal sights
and didn't do the Walkway or a tour, but we did have a (second) proper
Heading into Taupo, we did some clothes shopping and went to the
supermarket to stock up on food for the Tongariro Northern Circuit.
Getting there was slowed down by all the runners on the road, but in
Turangi we visited the i-site and bought maps for the walk.
Ruapehu from the Desert Road
We headed off at 2.50pm for the haul along the Desert Road, where there
were police cars everywhere. There were clouds, but Ngaurahoe's peak
was visible. In Okahune we found a cabin in the holiday park, took
everything out of the car, and prepared for the three day walk ahead.
Ruapehu was behind cloud, but the views were still pretty good!