Jan 01

Day 9: Taupiri, Hamilton, Tirau, Rotorua

by in New Zealand Travel, Sightseeing NZ

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We left Auckland around 9 am and filled up the car with NZ$87 worth of petrol near Bombay. This part of the Hamilton Expressway is well known to Aucklanders, who are reputed not to care about anything that happens south of the Bombay Hills.

Our first stop was Taupiri, where Lesley’s cousin Jacqui lives. It is near Hamilton, our second stop today, where we had lunch with Lesley’s old colleague Mrs M. We stopped in Tirau, which sports several large objects sculpted from corrugated iron.

 

Tirau

Outside the sheep-shaped shop in the main street of Tirau

Rotorua

We stopped in the tourist hotspot of Rotorua not to see the bubbling mud pools, geysers or lakes, but to meet Ash’s old radio amateur friend from his Dunedin days, Mike ZL1BTB, who is a dentist there. We had a lot of ground to cover, so we had a quick chat in Arawa St near his office and then sped off via Lakes Rotorua, Rotoiti, Rotoehu, Rotoma, etc.

 

Rotorua

Corner of Arawa and Tutanekai Streets, Rotorua

Lake Rotoiti

Lake Rotoiti

We reached Whakatane around 6 pm and had an excellent barbecue dinner with our relatives and their friends.

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