17.11.2011 - 18.11.2011 25 °C
Arrived in Taupo at lunch time, checked into another YHA and decided we needed some excitement. So we looked at a few Jet boat rides and decided to take the most thrilling one which was called Rapids Jet. Now for those of you who dont know what a Jet boat is it is basically a very light aluminium boat with a big block V8 race engine in from the states and a Jet nozzle on the back instead of a regular propellor (kind of a big Jet ski on steroids!). We hopped in a taxi and after being taken to the wrong Jet boat place(!) we arrived at Rapids Jet just in time for the flight (they call it a flight and afterwards its very apparent why!).
After slipping into our life preservers we got into the back of the boat with a couple of pensioners sat to our side who we assumed had mistakenly come to the jet boat ride instead of the river cruise. He fired up the big V8 and gave a quick safety briefing before accelerating up the river to about 50mph! The noise and speed of this thing was awesome. He took us up to the dam spun us around several times and blasted us back down the river to the rapids. Hitting the rapids the boat was actually leaving the water by about 6 feet and slamming back down again with almighty thumps, it was a riddiculously mad ride. The next 35 mins was more of the same with insane jumps, high speed, donoughts and what felt like several buckets of water in the face. Jayne spent the hole time giggling like a school girl and I couldn't get the grin of my face!
We decided to walk the 12km back to the hostel along a winding country pass that would take us past waterfalls and hot pools. We got lost in the first 5 minutes and had to be redirected by a random woman on a horse who kept telling us to stick together as there are lunatics around!
Once back on the pass we found the dam which was just about to open its flood gates so decided to watch that for a while (Yay, free excitement!!) before continuing the long journey home.
Beautiful walk home including seeing Huka Falls where apparently enough water flows over every minute to fill 40 olympic swimming pools!!
The whole walk took bloody ages though and the best thing was a thermal pool we happened accross under a bridge so we jumped on in and had a lovely 40 degree soak.. hmmm free hot spa anyone!?
Made it back into town for one last trip to Pack N Save for sandwhich making materials for our long coach journey tomorrow.
Went to bed early but the hostel was rammed full of school kids on a trip and because we were on the bottome floor it was like a hurd of bloody elephants banging and tramping around on our roof all night and then at 7am!!
Looooooong coach journey, bored, many fields and sheep passed my window on the 7 hour coach journey from Taupo to Wellington. Our ferry got cancelled for tonight so thank god we get to stand still for a night and have a few beers in wellington before getting the next ferry tomorrow morning to Picton.