Taupo to Napier

All along the drives around New Zealand there are signs to point out views, we stop at most. The one we stopped at between Taupo and Napier was a real surprise.

A waterfall! It’s not actually signposted apart from the ‘viewpoint’ sign! Talk about hidden treasure! 
Napier is the Art Deco capital of New Zealand…

As we found another spot to freedom camp we treated ourselves to an Indian.
Honestly, we were both disappointed with it, especially as we can both cook! On the plus side, we had leftovers so we didn’t have to worry about breakfast the following day! 

Followed by ice cream…

And all before noon! Piggies! 

Quick stop at Bluff Hill lookout for some views over the dock.


Freedom camping Taupo

Taupo is a huge lake bang in the centre of the north island. After going way over budget in the South Island, we are now on a money saving mission.
Freedom camping does what it says on the tin, you can park for free, there are usually toilets, you probably have to sleep in the car.
So parked up by lake Taupo is where we first tried this. 

Not a bad view to wake up to. 
I am loving the freedom camping so far, no having to get up and out by 10am (I am not a morning person). We can actually take things at our own pace and enjoy the town.

We took a walk to the Huka Falls, passing people bungying off a cliff.

Always the slow poke! 

This was one hell of a walk, turned out to be about 10miles! 

Sleeping in the back of the car is so appealing when you’re knackered! (I’m not being sarcastic!)