After spending our last night in Auckland with eldest son Drew and his partner Jenna in Milford, we set off in the morning, bound for Taupo.
We were heading for Dianne and Gary’s home in Taupo to meet other fulltimimg Motorhome friends Ian and Lynda, who arrived earlier in their Dethleffs XLI.
Dianne and Fiona made a spectacular curry for us all and we had a lot of laughs and lots of fun.
In the morning, we all went to a local Cafe and then for a look around Taupo. Another great night with everyone and lots more laughs and Fiona and I were off to Rafe for the night. In the morning we caught up briefly with everyone for a cup of tea and then we were off, heading further south.
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We stopped at the Army Museum in Waiouru for lunch which was great and then carried on to Mangaweka.
We stayed at a neat wee Campground in Mangaweka last Christmas with Gary and Dianne and its a fantastic place right by the river. The same people own another more upmarket Campground with a bar and eating area right over the bridge.
There is also an old Power Station just along the road with an old dam. Apparently Mangaweka was one of the first to have its own streetlights and electricity in the country, all driven by this local dam.
At $7 a night each with power with our NZMCA discount, it is spectacularly “reasonably priced” but I understand the price with soon be $9 per night with no discount. .. Still very good value in a lovely spot.