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