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Taupo, Tongarino National Park and Wellington

Writing this hungover...sorry

overcast 10 °C

We left Waitomo early and headed off to our next stop Taupo. We checked into our hostel, chilled out for the afternoon then headed to the local pub for a quiz night to catch up with the people we'd met on the bus. We somehow managed to come third, this may have something to do with the quizmaster coming over to our table halfway through and correcting our answers! The next day our tour guide 'Flea' had arranged a fishing trip for us all on Lake Taupo (huge lake the size of singapore, crazy!). Adam and I had never gone fishing before so we thought we'd give it a try. There were 15 of us on the boat and we only managed to catch one trout which was pretty shocking. Even more shocking when we found out the skipper had some kind of 'fish sat nav' which told him exactly where all the fish were. The skipper's wife caught the fish, I've never seen a fish being killed before and it was pretty brutal. You're meant to bash it on the head and it dies instantly, unfortunately this old bat was pretty frail so we had to watch as she feebly bashed this fish over and over again giving it a slow and miserable death. Nice. After that we chucked it on the barbie and shared it out between us all, what a feast! 4744168325_28f8368347.jpg
The following day we jumped back on the bus and headed to a place called Tongarino National Park where we did a 2 hour trek. The park has been used a lot for the filming of Lord of the Rings and has the infamous Mount Doom in it (means nothing to me but I'm sure it means something to avid LOTR followers). It was a beautiful park though! That night we stayed in a place called River Valley which is a customary stop on our tour and was in the middle of nowhere. It was a pretty nice place and we spent the evening playing cards and drinking mulled wine next to the fire, then we retired for the evening to our orgy bed. That's right orgy beds. They dumped us all in one big bed for the night, luckily 6 of us went into a seperate 'orgy bed' so could stretch ourselves out a little. Luckily we only had this for one night before we headed off to the capital of New Zealand; Wellington.
Once in Welly we met up with everyone from the bus and played more drinking games where I discovered Adam has extremely bad luck at these things. Not only does he lose every game but whenever someone's nominated to drink it's always him!! Not sure what that's about but it's putting a dent in our wallet! We spent 3 nights in Welly in all and on the final night Adam and Mike (a guy we'd met on the bus) decided they were gonna cook for me and Mike's girlfirend Rebecca. They decided they were going to cook 'Mama's secret recipe spag bol' as this is Adam's signature dish. 'Sous chef' Mike looked on in awe as Adam masterfully opened the bottle of Dolmio and tenderly poured it over the mince. 4753085751_204f601abb.jpgI have to say, Dolmio's, I mean Adam's, spag bol was an all round success as always! This was our final stop in the North Island before catching the ferry over to Picton in the South Island. Over to you Adam!

Posted by palmer830 20:30 Archived in New Zealand Tagged food

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