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Lake Taupo weekend: 6~Hatepe sunsets and snippets from the drive home

Each night at Hatepe I made the 150m trek down to the lake for sunset watch. This consisted of sitting and waiting and watching followed by a sudden flurry of snapping (interspersed with furious pacing forwards, backwards, sideways).

I don’t often get to see the sunset in a decent fashion against a far horizon, so I was keen to eke out what I could.

Hatepe sunset, Lake Taupo

Hatepe sunset, Lake Taupo

Hatepe sunset, Lake Taupo

Hatepe sunset, Lake Taupo

Hatepe sunset, Lake Taupo

Hatepe sunset, Lake Taupo

Hatepe sunset, Lake Taupo

Go-home day rolled around much too quickly and it was a genuine coincidence that I had a bad headache when time came to clean the bach, leaving Mike to do much of it. (He did a great job.)

We’ll definitely return. There’s been talk of doing the Tongariro Crossing next summer and Hatepe would be a great base for that.

But for now we pointed the car back south, first making a stop near Turangi to procure caffeine to help ease my groggy head. It was a beautiful day which lent itself to a few other stops as well.

Another bluebird day on the Desert Rd

Another bluebird day on the Desert Rd

We pulled off to our mountain photo op stop place again

We pulled off to our mountain photo-op stop place again

Mount Ngauruhoe

Mount Ngauruhoe

The Rangipo Desert

The Rangipo Desert

The Taihape gumboot! Taihape is known for an annual gumboot throwing contest. Corrugated iron art pops up in a few central North Island towns.

The Taihape gumboot! Taihape is known for an annual gumboot throwing contest. Corrugated iron art pops up in a few central North Island towns.

The mild downer upon returning was channelled into planning our US trip later in the year. More on that in a few weeks!

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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Those sunset’s are what dreams are made of

    22 June 2013
    • They’re not the best sunsets in the history of the world but I was pleased to see them – thanks Dallas!

      23 June 2013
  2. I’d say you eked out some pretty stunning photos, Hayley — Can’t wait to hear about your US plans!

    23 June 2013
    • Thanks muchly Steph. We can’t wait to get Stateside!

      23 June 2013
  3. Ali #

    Beautiful sunsets….it’s so worth it to make the time to see them. Especially when you have such stunning scenery to see them against 🙂

    25 June 2013
    • Thank you Ali. Sunsets above water are one of those great combos eh.

      25 June 2013
  4. I admire Your sunset photos – lovely. Huge Taihape gumboot was nice surprise.

    5 July 2013
    • It adds character doesn’t it. Further north is Tirau, a small town which really owns the corrugated iron art concept including the visitor centre which is modelled like a sheepdog 🙂 . Thanks Matti.

      6 July 2013
  5. What a beautiful sunset!

    11 July 2013
  6. DebraKJordan #

    Nice set of posts about Taupo. I am heading off there at the end of the month and enjoyed your tips/photos on what to do in the area.

    12 July 2013
    • Many thanks. Have a great time on your visit, don’t forget to pack lots of warm layers! Winter may make the geothermal areas even more appealing 🙂

      12 July 2013

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