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04 April 2016 @ 08:43 pm
More NZ - and a Pros link!  
Day after the wedding we drove down to Lake Taupo where we spent a couple of days. Lake Taupo is roughly the size of Singapore and is located almost at the centre of the North Island. I wish I'd taken a photo of the motel we stayed in, here. It was built in the 60s, I think, and hadn't been modernised since. But it had a nice feel to it, it was comfortable and homely, and reminded me of childhood holidays so I enjoyed staying there.

I wanted to see the Maori rock carvings, which can only be accessed via boat on the lake - in fact I'd wanted to see these on my last trip to NZ but we ran out of time. I was disappointed to learn that they were done in the late 1970s; nowhere does the literature tell you that, and I was expecting something a fair bit older. Still enjoyed the trip out, though, just being on the water.



We took a cruise on a replica steamboat out to the carvings.

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And then, when we got back on dry land, look what was parked next to us!

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Okay, wrong colour, but I'm not quibbling, especially when we found this around the corner -

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Travelling north the next day we also passed a sign for Cowley's Hire but there was nowhere to pull over to take a photo.
 
 
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Trepkos: Arthur and Kai smiletrepkos on April 4th, 2016 12:50 pm (UTC)
Even if they're not old, those carvings are pretty neat!
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on April 5th, 2016 09:25 am (UTC)
You're right, they really are worth the trip to see, and if I'd known upfront about their age I'd still have gone to see them. Living where I do, in a country whose colonisation only extends back just over 200 years (and visiting a country which is even newer in colonisation terms) I tend to get a bit excited about anything that's older than that, and for some reason I'd mentally placed these carvings in the older-than-that basket.
ali15son: pic#125068981ali15son on April 4th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
what cool cars , pity it wasn't silver instead of yellow and cowley's hire..it's a omen it's got to be .
miwahni: Pros Capri doylemiwahni on April 5th, 2016 09:27 am (UTC)
I know, it was amazing! I was expecting to find "CI5" somewhere just to round it off but it was not to be (although we did overtake a truck from Murphy's Transport *g*).
entropy_houseentropy_house on April 4th, 2016 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love the carvings! And I'm rather more pleased than otherwise that they're contemporary. I like to think people still know how to make beauty with their hands.
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on April 5th, 2016 09:29 am (UTC)
That's actually a good way of looking at it! They were really worth seeing, too - just thinking of the location, and how they must have struggled to do the large one - hard to get perspective in the photo but it was taller than the boat.
Strike while the irony is hot: [FANDOM] LOM CORTINAdraycevixen on April 4th, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)
Looks like the post-wedding vacation got off to a good start. :D
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on April 5th, 2016 09:30 am (UTC)
Oh absolutely *g*. My only real complaint is that it was far too short.