From Te Awanga to Taupo

We drove through Napier, a town that suffered​ complete devastation due to an earthquake and resulting fire. The build back was in the 1930s when art deco was the rage.

Fun sculpture on the waterfront

We had our last look at Cape Kidnappers across the turquoise Pacific from Napier.
Then it was across the Maungaharuru Range to reach the high plateau in which Taupo sits. It was a lot of up and down, wind around on a two lane road. Quite beautiful although a lot of logging had left some hills bare.

Taupo, sitting at the edge of volcanic Lake Taupo is a stunning setting. Beautiful day helped!

Two volcanic mounts: Tongariro and Ngauruhoe

This is a thermal area and a steam vent can be seen coming out of. Mt. Tongarewa.

The mountains we crossed as seen from Taupo

Beautiful end to a beautiful day.

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