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Due to travel back to Taupo at lunchtime in order to pick up the Stray bus, I do the only walk you can do from National Park Village. Leaving my rucksack at a cafe, I head a couple of km down Fishers Road. This section is shared with mountain bikers doing the Fishers Track, another mountain bike ride, though not nearly as challenging as the 42nd Traverse.
After half an hour of walking I find the turnoff for Tupapakurua Falls. A notice tells of how the path is new and has been built by volunteers, and invites walkers to carry buckets of gravel down the track with them! Ever helpful, I pick up 2 half full buckets of gravel so as to balance the weight, and carry them a substantial distance down the track. Further on I pick up another 2 buckets to carry another section of the track. Seems to me awfully cheeky asking walkers to carry gravel with them!
I stop for a look at Taranaki Lookout, an over grown viewpoint, before heading on to Tupapakurua Falls.
On the return journey I meet a fellow backpacker who is shocked to hear that I haven’t tried any New Zealand pies! He urges me to try one for lunch, which I do and find to my surprise that they are really tasty, nothing like the pies at home!« Previous post in category · Next post in category »