Just about to leave Taupo, after trying to leave yesterday - its a long story!!!
19.10.2009 - 22.10.2009 14 °C
Hope you're all having a good week, it's Thursday already here, so I've been in NZ a week, feels like sooo much longer!
I arrived in Taupo on Monday afternoon after a short bus ride from Rotorua, which was again really pretty and there was loads to look at on the way. It was a clear day in Taupo when I arrived, and it was beautiful, the lake is gorgeous and there are snow-capped mountains at the back which are just breath-taking! I think I've taken about a million pics of it, but you can't do it justice at all, but hopefully you can all get a bit more of an idea of what I can see.
I checked into Rainbow Lodge which is definitely the best hostel I've stayed in so far. I had an ensuite room, sharing with 4 others. I went for a bit of a wander round after I had dropped my bag off, but then started to feel a bit low, and decided I needed to talk to people, so I headed back to Rainbow. I met one girl who was staying in my room, Monica, who was from New York, but had been living in London, and has been travelling for about 7 months now. She was really lovely, and gave me loads of advice on travelling alone, and loads of tips on where to go in India and South East Asia. She had just done a 7 hr walk up one of the mountains that they used in Lord of the Rings, for Mount Doom. She had been walking with the other guys that were in our room, Bart and P-Y who were also really friendly and nice.
We ended up chatting for a while, then had dinner and then headed to bed. The next morning I got up fairly early and headed out to to the walk to Huka Falls, up the Waikato River. Again I've taken a bazillion pics of this, because it was so amazingly beautiful, so I'm sorry if you get bored, but it was gorgeous! I then went across to the 'Craters of the Moon' which is another area of geo-thermal activity (see pics again!) but to be honest, I wasn't that impressed. I also wasn't impressed when I was having lunch and I got up to leave and managed to smack the tops of my thighs on the corner of this massive wooden table. I now have two massive bruises on my legs (I have also put up pics!!) and it hurt quite a bit to walk. I did plan to walk back to Taupo, but then this group of v nice Malaysian Travellers offered me a lift back to town, which was lovely!
I chilled out at the hostel for a bit, and then Bart came back (they had been skydiving that morning!!) and said he was going to do a bungy jump and did I want to come along! I went and met Christo, who was from Belfast and had also been skydiving. Watching Bart do the jump was crazy! His body dip into the water at the bottom, and he said it was really weird., scarier than skydiving! We then went to sit in the thermal springs that were just a short walk away, and then headed back and had dinner.
Wednesday morning, I checked out and then did the Great Lakes walk along to 4 mile bay around Lake Taupo. It was a beautiful day, and I was out walking for about 5hrs in total. I had a little nap in the sun after I'd eaten my pack up (yes I reverted back to ham sarnie - Nan will be so proud!!) and then went back into town. I should explain that I had left my bag in a locker at this superloo, and the woman had said to me, 'we close at 5pm' I thought, no problem, my bus to Napier was booked for 5.30pm, and it stopped just next to the superloo, so I didn't think there would be any problems. After getting back from the lake, I sat and got a drink and then decided to hop online to kill a bit of time before the bus. I was just checking emails etc, when who should come online but my long-lost boyfriend Dan! I hadn't spoken to him for a while, so we managed to get onto Skype and actually see each other, which was incredibly exciting, as I think this was the first time we have seen each other since he went. I got so over-excited, that I ended up leaving the cybershed at 5.01pm, suddenly realising that the superloo closed at 5pm. I ran down the street, swearing under my breath all the way until I got there to see locked doors! I instantly started to cry and panic, and basically completely go to pieces. As all of you know only too well, I am a planner, and when things don't go to plan, I freak out - BIG TIME!! hehe But I managed to calm myself down enough to think, I still had my valuables with me, money, passport etc., and no one would be able to get to my bag, so that was safe. All I could hear was my Dad's voice saying 'there are no problems, just situations you need to deal with' So thanks for that Daddio, cos that's exactly what I did. I went back up to Rainbow Lodge, as I knew a couple of girls that were still there, and wanted something vaguely familar, booked in for another night, and basically tried to calm down, and sort out another bus to Napier today.
So that was my first major drama, and I'm through the other side now. I got up early this morning with visions of them throwing my bag away because I hadn't collected it, but when I got to the superloo, it was still there, so everything was fine. I'm hopping on the bus to Napier at about 12.30pm, and then leaving at 9am tomorrow to go to Wellington, so it will just be a flying visit, but as long as I get to take a few pics, and see the Aquarium, I'll be happy.
So, that's me up until about now, hope you've been entertained by all my antics! hehe
As always, I'm missing you all like crazy! I think this travelling lark is really sinking in now!
Love Abi xxx