We’re heading off to a new adventure, to meet up with members of the ICA (International Caravanning Association) in a few days for their Christmas Rally. Our trip up was relatively easy, but Robin commented that with our new van being a little taller than the previous one, it does tend to catch the wind more.
And talking of tall, we followed this rather large horse truck for a while, and were intrigued by the personal number plate. Bet our son-in-law and grand-daughters would like a plate, and a flash new horse truck, just like this.
Horse truck with a personalised plate
Stopping in Taihape to top up on fuel, I saw this glorious tree, glowing with colour. Isn’t it gorgeous.
Seen in Taihape
And we all know that we can’t possibly travel along the Desert Road without yet another photo of Mt Ruapehu. I make no excuse for this, and can understand why the Maori people are so passionate about the mountains in their area. As far as I’m concerned, Mt Ruapehu always seems like “my mountain” to me!
Mt Ruapehu under the clouds
There was extra colour on show as the elevation dropped nearing Turangi. Neon yellow broom was in flower on the road side looking rather spectacular.
Broom in flower
We decided to stay at the National Equestrian Centre in Taupo for a change. This venue has really had a lot of changes since our earlier visit some years ago, when it was decidedly scruffy. Not so these days, everything looks nice and tidy, we have a very reasonably priced power site, and there is a good ablution block available.
At the National Equestrian Centre
Our Wairarapa Caravan Club buddies Dave and Rae were also staying here so of course we had a get-together or two. They are great company, so it’s always nice to meet up with them.
Dave and Rae
With a bit of spare time before the ICA rally, we decided to stay here at Taupo for three nights. We can relax, and have a look around, there’s always something of interest when you are traveling.