I am currently sitting at what must be one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.
After leaving Rotorua I headed eastwards not really sure where I was heading. I wanted to see some of the beautiful lakes around the area. Unfortunately the area is not very motorhome friendly and there are limited places to park overnight. So I passed through some beautiful countryside with some beautiful vistas over some stunning lakes. I finally found a rest area around Rotoiti
After a very dusty trip for 20km through the private forestry area ….
I came across the Lake Tarawera Outlet Dept of Conservation Campsite.
It is a delightful spot at the outlet of the lake and the start of the Tarawera River. It is nestled at the foot of Mt Tarawera on the opposite side from where I was last week at Lake Rerewhakaaiti. I was the second vehicle there, the first was a car and boat trailer and there followed a couple of carloads of families tenting and a number of vehicles of different types with families, couples and groups staying for the weekend. It is a large area and I was by myself until Saturday when two couples arrived by kayak to stay the night. They moved off again on Sunday morning.
In the morning I headed off on a tramp across to Humphries Bay, a 16km return trip. It was a fascinating trip, some lakeside vistas, some deep forest, some Manuka forest and some amazing gorges with some very recent rockfalls.
I also saw three wallabies, yes wallabies. You can jut see one of them below.
They were very skittish and didn’t stay around long. Bounding off into the bush. Quite a shock I must say.
My walking app told me that I had done the trip in 2 hr 45 mins but as I left around 9:30 and got back at 1:30 I think it lied, but a great trip, easier coming back but still a nice trip. There is also another 10km walk from Humphries Bay to Okataina Lodge. Might load up the kayak with the tent and sleeping bag, stay the night at Humphries Bay and then do the walk to Okataina and back, then paddle back.
A lovely evening with some great cloud formations.
It wasn’t until I returned that I realised just how far i hadn’t gone…. but I was pleased by the time and distance I travelled. It was beautiful and just so peaceful.
I have seen some lovely thing while I have been here and here is an album of various plants and things ….