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New Zealand 2016
10/30   Right is Left
10/31   Omeru Scenic Reserve
11/01   Omamari Beach
11/02   Waipoua Forest
11/03   Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange
11/04   Cape Reinga
11/05   Ninety Mile Beach
11/06   Haruru Falls
11/07   Russell Forest
11/08   Bus and Ferry
11/09   Thames
11/11   Castle Rock
11/12   Hot Water Beach
11/13   Owharoa Falls
11/14   Thompson's Track
11/15   Rotorua
11/17   Rotorua Rain
11/18   Haku Falls
11/19   Pureora Forest Park
11/20   Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11/21   Marokopa
11/22   New Plymouth
11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
11/26   Boring Highway 3
11/27   Boring Highway 1
11/29   Switching Gears
11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
12/14   Long Day Home
Kayak Trip 2017

Haku Falls


tl;dr: I visited Haku Falls. And not much else.

I left Cactus Jack's as soon as I could turn in my room key.

There are redwood trees in New Zealand. They are only a hundred years old or so. I didn't do enough research to see if I could find any big ones.

It turns out Lady Knox Geyser shoots off every day at 10:15. That is oddly specific. I arrived an hour too late.

I kind of wanted to see Wai-O-Tapu, but I didn't $32.50 want to see it.

I spent most of the day biking south toward Taupo. I don't think I should have spent most of the day on this stretch, but the wind!

I took mountain bike trails up eight kilometers of Waikato River to Haku Falls. Haku Falls is impressive. It isn't a tall waterfall. It is just a really big waterfall.

I met two cyclists who recommended skipping Craters of the Moon park. Actually they asked if I had seen the thermal pools around Rotorua. Yes? Then there is nothing to see here. Even so I made a wrong turn and ended up back at Craters of the Moon. So I biked up to see what I could see, but it was closed. I considered jumping on some more mountain bike trails to sneak through a shortcut to the road I wanted to be on, but there were a bunch of mountain bikers there, and the trails required a club membership.

At this point I probably could have peddled back the long way, but I decided to be lazy and call it a day, so I camped just off the road in some pine trees. A pheasant and a bunch of quail hung out around my tent until it got dark.

leaving Rotorua

a little redwood tree

a trail through the redwoods

I am told these are red deer.

thermal pools

hazardous geothermal area

It seems I was too late to watch Lady Knox Geyser erupt.

Lady Knox Geyser not erupting

thermal power and mowing grass

Road construction in New Zealand does not make bicycling easier.

Aratiatia Rapids

bicycle trail along the Waikato River

Ten bucks says these jerks blocking everybody's view are kiwis.

Haku Falls

above Haku Falls

snow covered mountains in the distance over Taupo

Craters of the Moon is closed.

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