We decided to head to Wanganui on the Friday however only got to Te Kuiti for the first night stopping at Huntly for a bite to eat after the traffic and small accident at the Bombay’s (trailer over turning on motorway) as you could imagine we had been in bumper to bumper traffic for some time so the stop at Huntly was a good call. Left at around 1815 and finally arrived at the motel in Te Kuiti at around 2013 after eating in Huntly. Time to get to Huntly
was a staggering 1hr 44 minutes 🙁
The stay overnight was great, comfortable and just what we both needed. Up and across to the cafe across the road from the Motel which suited us 🙂 then we went to the wife’s grandparents old place from the 50’s a shop in Te Kuiti which is still operating as a dairy, great to see the building still a shop for the local community.
After the look around we headed south to Wanganui stopping at Taumarunui which was a quick stop only to stretch the legs and do the needy things 😀
Headed off feeling much better 😀 and had a good drive to the falls (Raukawa Falls) taking 1hr 8 minutes great travelling and enjoyed the sites along the way.
Last leg of the trip was to Wanganui which was another good run with little traffic although we had been glad it was Saturday as the road had a few slips to pass which meant down to a single lane although we had the right of way but still nice, there was no road work guys around to slow the traffic further.
Arrived at Wanganui which we found to be windy as but still nice weather so we headed to the motel to get sorted before looking around the town.
47 minutes wasn’t at all bad considering the road.
Stayed overnight in Wanganui had fish n chips at a place in Aramoho which used to be a good place back when I lived here but now not so good as the chips had been under cooked and the fish was not nice at all! Still we settled in the motel for the night…. Have to say the stay was comfortable but the shower was just terrible, cold which was not on. Next day we did what we had to,looked around a little as the wife had never been here before so was nice to be able to show her around. 🙂
Sunday 20/11/2016 Headed off to Taupo as we decided to spend two nights here due to having cold showers and Wanganui being very quiet! First stop Waiouru along with the Mountain including snow, it looked fantastic! Stopped for a drink and something to eat 🙂
Great travelling with good traffic and great weather today 😀 😀 Should have stopped for a little longer here as we could have taken more photos however wanted to get to a motel so we could relax!
Taupo here we come around the east side of the lake great drive through the desert hwy and around the east side of the lake fantastic scenery on this leg of the trip! Loved it!
It was great having the mountain to our left with the snow around it even this late in the year, not cold by any means and we were both happy to arrive in Taupo as the atmosphere is amazing along with the environment, I have been here a couple of times myself in the past due to having to come here for conferences with work usually staying a couple of nights so it was nice to be here with my wife and enjoying the company. Taupo we both loved and made the most of being here going to Huka falls and doing some driving around the place.
After a great couple of nights at a really good motel we had to head home 🙁 we really didn’t want to but im sure we will be back in the near future to explore more and enjoy this great place, looking to go to Napier sometime so we may incorporate this in the trip here next time 🙂 Acacia bay was a nice drive as well, along with the lake.
Tuesday 22/11/2016 Leaving, back to Auckland. No we don’t really want to leave this amazing place! Stopped off at Tirau for a quick break and looked at shops etc which was nice to have the break and stretch the legs!
Good traffic although we had one idiot, being a taxi driver apart from that the whole trip had no others 😀 it was another great day weather wise so nice to be able to get out and about when a hot day 🙂 Onto Pokeno for something to eat at our favorite cafe 🙂 🙂 well worth the drive!
Closer to home we are both thinking oh well life goes on 🙂 32 minutes later we are home and thinking of another break away 🙂 🙂 Round trip from Auckland to Wanganui and Wanganui, Taupo and back to Auckland without running around in the towns totaling 965 k’s so would have done well over 1k in traveling and took 11hrs 30 minutes traveling time return. Great company and great trip!