Surprisingly, it was not such a cold night camped at Taupo as we expected. NZMCA camps are non power, usually with just a water point available. Taupo is well known for the cold wind which blows in across the lake from the mountains, and we were expecting the night to get rather chilly. As it turned out, we didn’t even need to fire up our diesel heater. Much of the camping area is still roped off to allow the reseeded grass to get established. And someone or other has been running rampant with a chainsaw, we noticed. Quite a few of the pine trees around the perimeter have been cut down, and there is mounds of freshly cut timber everywhere. All for sale as firewood, so a big sign says.
With the fresh water topped up, and the waste water emptied, we were soon on the road again, heading up SH1. You can tell the seasons are changing with lots of autumn colours in the trees, golds and reds amongst the many shades of green.
After a couple of hours on the road, we arrived at our stop for the night, Glenview Club, with changes to these grounds since our last visit. Power is now available, but most of the sites have been taken over by full timers. Luckily, there were two power sites available, we only needed two, so that suited us fine. There is a good system in place to stop fly by nighters coming in late, hooking up to power, and leaving early without paying. Upon registration, you are handed a key which unlocks a cover over the circuit breaker, allowing access to power.
We are back in Hamilton again as Geoff and Eileen need to drop their new caravan back to the Leisureline factory to get a couple of things attended to. And, as luck would have it, the cook in our household found out that there is a quilt show on this weekend at Hamilton Gardens. How fortuitous, wonder what Robin will be doing while she is admiring all the quilts on display?