March 8-9 Picton to Lake Taupo
We drove to Picton, walked around the town in blustery weather, and relaxed and got ready for the ferry ride to Wellington the next morning. It's time we headed back to Infini, and our road trip is soon ending. We traveled via the Bluebridge Ferry, the same one we used for the ride south, and enjoyed a beautiful crossing, seeing dolphins and albatross as an added benefit. We also had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful woman who lived in Picton, and enjoyed sharing her views over the three hour ferry passage. Once off the ferry, we drove to Lake Taupo, a beautiful area of the North Island, very scenic, and another playground for many visitors. It's considered another adrenalin pumping area, and all sorts of tourist attractions are offered at NZ's largest lake. As an aside, trout fishing is also a huge sport in the area.
Each small town we pass through is unique, and they all seem to claim a 'theme'. One such picturesque town is Taihape, which lies on the southern edge of the Central Volcanic Plateau, and claims to be the ‘Gumboot Capital of New Zealand’. They, like many take pride in their parks and gardens, making it a delightful drive through, and inviting to stop for a break, or longer!