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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Moving on to Hamilton

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.

P5220002 Firewood everywhere

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.

P5220006  The colours of Autumn

P5220010Interesting rock formation

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. 

P5220013 Glenview Club

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?

2 comments:

Bernice said...

The interesting rock formation is Pohaturoa Rock at Atiamuri. My first job was at Kinleith in the Work study/Industrial engineering department where time and motion studies and the like were done. In my first week on the job, I had to do a time & motion study following the forestry planters up the side of that hill! Running up behind them with clip board, stop watch and tape measure in hand was my initiation! Although I did it easily then, the knees would not handle that now!

Jenny and Robin said...

Thanks for that info Bernice, we didn't even know it had a name!