Saturday, March 11, 2017

(Travel) Interesting things to do in Taupo, New Zealand


3rd post, 3rd city.

Are you excited about New Zealand already?
Thanks for continue reading.
I shall not mumble much then.


Place to go:
Craters of the Moon
Geothermal Walk

If you are keen on booking other tours, you may actually ask for more information from the counter.
They usually have connections to plan these tours.

NZD 8 per pax for Adults and the walk takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on individuals.



This is an active volcanic area.
Hence, it is mandatory to follow the path.


It is really magnificent to be able to see these.
Nature is really beautiful.

In Malaysia, we won't have the chance to observe such beautiful nature phenomenon. 


IG: @jiayeen



Volcanoes are part of most of the New Zealanders' lives.


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This dam is located near the Huka Falls cruise Jetty.

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 Place to go:
Huka Falls

You may either opt for a slow and relaxing cruise, fast and exciting Huka Jet or you can even drive all the way to Huka Falls.

We opted for a cruise since it is the best choice for family.
It costed us around NZD 37 per pax for Adults.

The entire cruise trip took around 1 hour 30 minutes. 
It runs every 2 hours from 10am till 2pm.
Be sure to book or you may try your luck arriving and hope for empty seats.


This is one angry black swan because it was trying to protect its babies.



Random shots usually bring out the essence of the trip.

Slow, relaxing.
Just enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. 



Huka Falls, New Zealand

The Huka Falls are the largest falls on the Waikato River, near Taupo on New Zealand's North Island.
It is the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand!

The Waikato river is one of New Zealand's longest rivers and it drains Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in all of Australasia.

At the Huka Falls, the Waikato River which is normally 100m wide, is forced through a 20 metre wide gorge and over a dramatic 20m drop.

Every second up to 220,000 litres of water gushes through the gorge and shoots out over 8 metres beyond to create a beautful blue/green pool.

The name Huka is the Maori word for 'foam', which is appropriate as the falling water and rapids certainly resembles foam, especially under flooding conditions.

(Source: HERE)



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Place to go:
Lava Glass

Featuring more than 500 glass sculptures, created by award winning master glass artist Lynden Over and his team of accomplished glass workers.

To watch the making of glass sculptures, you only have to pay NZD 5 per pax for Adults.

It is quite interesting to be able to observe the entire process of glass making.

FAQ: 

1. How hot is the furnace?
It sits at 1,060 Degree Celsius and runs 24/7. The furnace is a ceramic pot which holds 120 litres of molten clear glass. Once a week they will heat it up to 1,300 Degree Celsius to melt a new lot of silica sand and make their own clear glass which this process take 14 hours.
2. Is the glass recycleable?
Sadly, no because the furnace has a pot full of clear glass if they were to put some coloured glass into it, the clear glass would be contaminated and ended up with a mucky brown glass.
3. How to get the colour inside?
All of the colour in their glassware is coloured glass which is made by adding metals and minerals to the clear glass.

From blowing and trapping the air to shaping the glass under extremely high heat, I am definitely impressed. 
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Taupo city is surrounded by Lake Taupo.



Here comes the food.

We were introduced to this restaurant during our cruise trip.
Hence, we decided to pay a visit.

Place to visit for FOOD:
Dixie Browns

Plenty of locals were here for their food and desserts.

This must be good.
*Some thoughts before the arrival of food*




Carbonara Fetuccine.

Steak + Scallops.

Sauteed Shrimps.

Pork Ribs.

I must admit, this is good.
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Shall continue with the city view.

I can get used to this.

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Place to go:
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
The world's youngest geothermal area

As usual,
The ticketing counter and gift shop.
*roll eyes*

Actually there are a few options for the visitors.

The options are as below:
  • Waimangu Walking Tours (Self guided) [Highlights Walk - 1hour; Easy Walk - 1.5 hours]
  • Waimangu Hiking Tours (Self guided) [2 hours]
  • Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise [1.5 hours]
*Shuttle bus is included for all*

We opted for a cruise trip which costed us around NZD 38 per pax for Adults.

Another slow and relaxing trip.

The place that we are about to visit via cruise trip is packed with the sense of history as this place used to be a colonial place.

Even a place like this is beautiful enough to impress me.

FYI, these were taken while on our way to our cruise.








Waimangu and Rotomahana lie within the Okataina Volcanic Centre which is part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. This zone in turn is the New Zealand part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where the Pacific Tectonic Plate meet the India-Australia Tectonic Plate. A feature of the Taupo Volcanic Zone is the relatively shallow depth - only a few kilometres beneath the surface - at which large masses of molten rock are believed to reside.

It is the only major hydrothermal system in the world whose surface activities commenced wholly within historic times and did so at a precisely known date as the result of a volcanic eruption. Among the larger lakes in the North Island, Rotomahana is the youngest and about 125m, is the deepest in the Rotorua lakes district.










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Place to go:
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
New Zealand's Most Colourful Volcanic Area


Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) is New Zealand's most colourful and diverse volcanic area. The walks take visitors on a journey through stunning geothermal activity and unforgettable vistas.

There are three levels of the walk and the difference between each walk is only 15 minutes.
Nonetheless, the price is the same for three levels.



Plenty of mud pools at this place.

Please don't try to jump into it.






The famous Champagne Pool.

Unique in the world, a fifth of a hectare of bubbling, hissing water with a beautiful ochre-coloured petrified edge.

Look at the colour of the pool.

You will be able to find innumerable colours of every tint and hue displayed in pools, lakes, craters, steam vents, mineral terraces and even the tracks you walk on.










Oyster Pool.

The temperature can be as high as 100 Degree Celsius.

Sulphur Cave.






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Place to go for FOOD:
Pub n Grub


You have to be above 18 years old to dine-in here.

I was being asked if I am above 18.
DUh!

What to order here is their FISH AND CHIPS!

Yummy and the portion is huge!

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Place to go:
De Bretts Spa Resort

At the price of NZD 11 per pax for Adults, you can enjoy the hot spring for whatever duration you desire.

Of course, please don't soak yourself in the hot pool for too long.
*roll eyes*

There are two major hot springs here.

The one near to the entrance is hotter as compared to the other one.
They are operating until 9pm.

Hence, you can even come here after your dinner.
But...we actually stayed here.

#lifeisdefinitelygood

Stay tuned for more NZ posts yo!
I didn't mention on how to go because we used GPS to every single place.

xoxo,
Eggie Jiayeen