Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve
2 - 3 June 2018 (Queens Birthday Weekend)
For Queens Birthday weekend, we headed down to Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve. This was a last minute change from the original trip which was planned for the Kaimanawa's due to the weather forecast. I was joined by Staci, Chris, Abigail and Stuart.
|Day 1||Travel to Rotorua
Tarawera Landing - Hot Water Beach Campsite
|Day 2||Hot Water Beach Campsite - Tarawera Landing
Travel back to Auckland
Day 1 (Saturday):
Due to the weather forecast and as a compromise for the long weekend, we headed down to Rotorua from Auckland, it was a nice drive down after an early morning start. We parked up at Tarawera Landing, which is at the road-end of Tarawera Road. We then packed up, ready for an overnight tramp. We headed off just after 11.15am. The first bit was to join up with the main track, which goes alongside of the lake. The track is of a good standard. Every now and again you got some really nice views of the area.
After an hour we reached Hawaiki Bay, where we stopped for lunch for about 1/2 hour. After taking some lakeside photos, we continued on, enjoying the varied bush and its views.
Now go to the business part of the track where we had a couple of hills to go over, especially the big hill that we have to go over in order to reach the campsite.
We arrived at the campsite, spoke with the warden and suggested places to setup tents. Once done, we then went for a swim at the beach as it was getting dark. There was a little pool area that we relaxed in, which had constant source of hot water from a stream (hence the name hot water beach) and we had to mix it with the cold water of the lake, this was enjoyable. Afterwards we then cooked dinner and went to bed.
Day 2 (Sunday):
- NZTopo50: BF37 - Waiotapu