Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lake Taupo, Huka Falls, Geothermal Areas, Waitomo Caves, Kawhia...and more!

I hea koe?
I Taupō au.

I had a few lovely days in Taupo, on the lake, good family time and a few dips in the thermal pools.

To see nearby: the fantastic Huka Falls

And the geothermal areas: first a look at a geothermal power plant

And then the Craters of the Moon geothermal site. The signs are clear...

and numerous....

We kept to the path, but our feet were hot!

Then we travelled north ...

And stopped to visit the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. These are great but no photos can be taken inside, so look here! A magical experience! Below is the cave exit...

In Waitomo we stayed in the historic and charming Waitomo Caves Hotel

More travelling: wild animals in the back seats:

And a few amazing sites on the way: Mangapohue Natural Limestone Bridge

And the Marokopa Falls. All these sites are reachable by short walks in the bush.

In the car again, on the road to...

Our final destination before turning back to Auckland: the charming harbour and village of Kawhia

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. quelle grotte sono citate anche alle grotte di frasassi (e anche lì no photo inside).
    bellissimo tour fotografico, quante ore di volo da qui?
    ah particolare non trascurabile: bellissimi sandali :D

  2. Uauu! Vien voglia di fare le valigie e partire!
    Ben tornata,

  3. Mamma mia Alessandra che meraviglia!Sogno sempre di più la NZ!!Ha ragione Enzina, sandali so cool!bacione

  4. Sono stata alle grotte di Frasassi da bambina, che belle! Qui la cosa piu' bella sono proprio quelle luci bellissime dei glowworms, mentre si gira in barca in silenzio e si guarda in alto ed e' tutto buio ma sembra di essere in mezzo and universo super stellato...

    ragazze, vi aspetto tutte in NZ!

    (ma non da Marzo a Ottobre, perche' dovrei essere in Italia io!)

  5. Oh, thank you for bringing us with you for this trip !
    The waters at Huka Falls look amazing !

  6. Salve!!!
    Graie per la gradita visita che ricambio molto volentieri..
    Ed è sempre una bella sorpresa conoscere nuove amiche così lontane ma vicine grazie al web...una cosa meravigliosa!!
    Complimenti per il tuo bellissimo, interessante blog...c'è da perdersi con tutte le belle immagini e ricette!!
    A presto allora!!

  7. I really enjoyed seeing your NZ photos Alessandra. Huka Falls looks terrific. We stayed at that Waitomo Hotel about 30 years ago. We were the only guests and the staff had a raging party about two rooms down from us.



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