P1340211I really enjoyed the great lake Taupo, the biggest lake of New Zealand with 616 square kilometres of the surface area. It felt so peaceful and magnificent. I enjoyed the great views of the lake from my hotel room at Sun Court Taupo. The sunset was just beautiful. I also decided to take the lake cruise on the last day of my Taupo visit. There are two main choices for doing that: Ernest Kemp Replica Steamboat and Cris Jolly Outdoor scenic cruises. The first does two hours cruises, the second goes faster and makes the same trip in 1,5 hours. To match the cruise time with my Naked bus departure time I had to choose Cris Jolly. The weather was a bit gray, still the trip was nice. Besides the magnificent lake views, the second main attraction was Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay that are over 10 metres high and only accessible by water. The carvings were created in the late 70s by Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell and Jonathan Randell as a gift to Taupo. The nice addition to carvings visit was ducks flying to get bread from your hand.

  • Published by Anita on December 7, 2015
  • Traveled December 2014


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