On the way to Taupo, and once there

The journey's as good, or better, than the destination...

Huka Falls - from above

Huka Falls - from kayak (1)

Huka Falls - from kayak (2)

Huka Falls - from kayak (3)

Hot Water Beach - Lake Taupo

Black Swans at Hot Water Beach - Lake Taupo (1)

Black Swans at Hot Water Beach - Lake Taupo (2)

Kayaking to a waterfall

Aratiatia Dam opening

Aratiatia Rapids (1)

Aratiatia Rapids (2)

Crossing Karapiro Dam

"A dull track in New Zealand is better than..."

If you are from the United States you have probably seen the bumper sticker that says "A bad day fishing is better than a good day working." Well, a "dull" track in New Zealand (and this was one - probably in the bottom 10%) is still pretty good. Dull track? I enjoyed it, a lot.

A spring on a dull track

Panoramic view of a dull track

Thames Steampunk Festival

This year the town of Thames (gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula) hosted their fourth annual Steampunk Festival. What's Steampunk? Watch and see.

Amazing Steampunk motorcycle

Steampunk bicycle

Steampunkers on parade

Steampunk buggy

Maitai Bay

This hidden treasure is beautiful from the sand and water both.

Maitai Bay - kayaking into a cave on the left side

Maitai Bay - kayaking into a cave on the right side

Maitai Bay - a 360° view from out in the bay

Maitai Bay - a 360° view from near the shore

Hundertwasser Public Toilets

OK, you don't expect to see videos of toilets on a travel web site, or anywhere, really. First, New Zealanders say "toilet" for what Americans call "bathroom" or "restroom". Second, this facility was designed by a famous (in Europe) architectt namded Hundertwasser. Check out the videos for yourself, and let me know if you decide to build one like this. (By the way, they're very comfortable and pleasant.)

Quick tour of the Hundertwasser Public Toilets.

Another quick tour of the Hundertwasser Public Toilets.

Sandboarding atop big dune near Ahipara

I don't have a video of me (or anyone) coming down the big dune 'cause it's a very big dune! But here are a couple of short videos of me (along with the rest of us) goofing around at the top of it.

Goofing around on the sandboard.

Sandboarding - just for fun.

Miscellany

Just some various (hopefully) interesting random videos I thought you might enjoy.

Quail family in early spring (late October 2018).

Quick tour of a Budddhist Shrine Room.

Elephant seal napping on the beach - see Leo run! She's a big'un.

Skags in the pohutakawa tree at Coca-Cola lake.

Surf sound. Orokawa Bay, near Waihi Beach.