Day 11 – Rotorua to Taupo

The Magic Bus were trying out a new schedule to give people more time in Rotorua so we were only due to leave at 11:30, unfortunately the weather wasn’t great so we didn’t get to do much. It wasn’t long till our first stop at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland about 30 km outside of town to see the boiling mud pools. They reminded me of the bog in the Never Ending Story film, all seemed calm until the pressure built up and the mud would bubble and sometimes explode creating some amazing patterns.

boiling mud

Here the pool of mud looks calm...

...and then it erupts as the pressure releases...

...before cascading down again.

Then it was on to Taupo, along the way stopping at a Honey shop and this huge Maori carving on the side of the road.

another large Maori carving on the side of the road

We also stopped at the Huka Falls again for those who had just joined the Magic Bus and thankfully the early morning rain had stopped and I got some more photos and a video of the massive volume of water flowing over the falls.

A second visit to the Huka Falls

Then it was in to Taupo where we dropped our bags at the hostel and I went along to watch some of the others bungy jump. The one girl had dared our driver Buz to do a jump and they ended up doing a tandem. I have always been against bungy jumping and sworn that I would never do it but watching them do it I will admit I was tempted, but only tempted. Here are some shots of their jump at the very scenic bungy jump 47 metres over the Waikato river.

Buz & Yvonne walking the plank to their tandem bungy at Taupo

panorama of the Taupo Bungy and Waikato river below

a final look at the camera

there they go...

...they nearly touched the Waikato River

getting picked-up and unharnessed below

That evening we all walked down to Mulligans Pub for the backpackers dinner special and a chance to get to know everyone on the bus a bit better.

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About Rory Alexander

Ever growing blogger that spent 2 years in living in China, then 6 weeks backpacking around New Zealand and is now back home in South Africa for the foreseeable future.
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3 Responses to Day 11 – Rotorua to Taupo

  1. roanmack13 says:

    So when we doing Bloukrans, bud??? 🙂 Superb shot of the bungee from the water with collection boat, all the way up to the jump spot.

    & those Huka Falls look radical. Almost want to jump in and feel just how crazy the currents are. (almost!)

    • Well, I made a bet with some of the other travellers that if they come to South Africa in 2013 then I would do Bloukrans with them so if you are keen you can come in on the bet.
      Thanks, I was quite chuffed with the photo too.

  2. roanmack13 says:

    Deal! Count me in for Bloukrans 2013.

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