Another interesting place to visit!
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Haka Falls was a short boat-trip up the biggest river in New Zealand up from the man-made hydro-dam. We saw loads of different birds and fish on the way-up. It was very pretty, but only flowing at about 20% of the usual volume, which passes enough water to fill an olympic size swimming pool every 4 seconds! We were still aching after our trek the day before so we walked around another geothermal site of interest on the edge of Taupo Town. Whilst it wasn't as spectacular as Roturoa, it was still interesting to get so close to the smoking vents only a few feet away.
The town of Taupo is situated on the beuatiful Lake Taupo, which looks-out towards the Tongariro Park. It is a shame that we did the walk when we did because we would have got far better the following day which would have given spectacular views. Still, we can't complain!
We arrived at Napier and at first glance, it looked similar to any other New Zealand City at 6pm - entirely empty of human life! THe next day, however, we went on a tour that might have sounded dry, but was completely fascinating and brought Napier to life. The town of Napier was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and designed and rebuilt in the period of "Art Deco". Since the 90's, there has been a real drive to maintain and restore the 1930's character of the town and it's buildings. There is great co-operation of the people and businesses to keep the original features looking fantastic. We really liked Napier.