Friday, October 28, 2022


 Stew and I are heading off to Taupo today.

We have a full day tomorrow, both in Taupo and Rotorua, so today we are just gunna have a 'cruisy' day.

There are several cruise operators who take groups out on the lake to view the Maori Rock Carvings, so we have booked a cruise for this afternoon.

It's only a 1.5 hour cruise, not too long.  But it will be lovely I'm sure.  I can't remember the last time I was 'on' Lake Taupo in a boat!

Probably 50+ years.

I'm really looking forward to it.

After the cruise, we are going to some hot pools for a soak.  Won't that be lovely?

ABOVE: There's some pools at Wairakei that we never knew existed, and they look amazing, so yeah, hopefully they are open when we get there.  

*** I just looked on their website and they don't close until 9 pm, so we should be alright.

We are staying in Taupo overnight because tomorrow we are attending the unveiling for a friend of Stew's.

I hadn't read the invitation fully, it said: 'Hats Required'- ... so yesterday I had to quickly doctor my sunhat so I can wear it to the unveiling.  

Right, best stop waffling and get a move on.

10 am. On the road.

Quick stop in Tirau for brunch. Theres a lot of eateries in Tirau. We decided to try ...

ABOVE: The Bakery. Very like Volare. A boutique bakery. There were HEAPS of people in there, a very good sign. And we were not disappointed.  The food was mind blowing! No sit down option... but that was fine by us. We got some amazing food and sat in the car just down the road.


We are now on our way again.

12.50 pm. In Taupo. Got an itchy back, so we go hunting for a back scratcher. Several hundred  dollars later, we have some Christmas shopping done and .. no back scratcher!

An 'unveiling' is when a headstone has been installed and is unveiled for the first time to family and friends. 

In Maori culture it is done usually after a year from the deceased person passing.  

In this case it's for a European man, and is about 9 months since his passing. Its more of a 'Memorium' in his case.

ABOVE: Pretending to skipper the boat. Lol. Auto pilot was on. We are now being skippered by a 3 year old. For real. He was pointing us into land... lucky the actual skipper just took over.

ABOVE: The boat was lovely. We saw the Maori carvings. Two of the younger passengers jumped in the lake and got out immediately! Time constraints meant they couldn't linger. Too cold as well.

We were given hot blueberry muffins and smoked trout on crackers for afternoon tea. There was a trout fishing demonstration, and we caught a trout. 

It got returned as it was a bit small.

Overall I would highly recommend Chris Jolly Cruises. 

We are now at our motel before going to the hot pools a bit later on.

ABOVE: The pools were just wonderful.  Each of the 4 pools was a slightly different temperature... ranging from 32 c to 40 c. We stayed in them for two hours.

Then we came back into town for dinner at Cobb & Co.

ABOVE: For the first time in forever I had a steak, with prawns and a parmesan sauce. Stew had the same.

Back at our motel now... and that's a wrap for the day. Such a nice day. 😊



  1. Anonymous6:54 AM

    I know I am probably being dense but what is an UNVEILING? Just have never heard that expression before so I am not sure what exactly it is for? Dawn P. Albany,GA USA

  2. This sounds like an intriging weekend. All of my favorite things, lakes, boats, hot water soaks, and art. Is it an Art unveiling? Sounds like a perfect mini-vacation.

  3. Have a lovely break away.

  4. Enjoy the hot pools and cruise x

  5. Their food is incredible aye... mmmm

  6. Kiwionholidays11:47 AM

    Hey that’s fabulous you guys are doing that trip.
    Enjoy n will be doing memorial lane with you as you update,

    Fabulous part of the country and a great time of the year to go

    Jealous much but in a happy way for you guys ☕️πŸ‘πŸ’πŸ’―πŸ’•πŸ•ΊπŸΏ
    Cheers πŸ₯‚

  7. Is the unveiling what Maori people do a year after someone's death?

  8. Anonymous12:43 PM

    I am eager to hear about the unveiling, I can’t even guess what that is.

  9. Awwwww lovely to be in my neck of woods enjoy im flat out at work at the equestrian centre huge 3 day event at Aratiatia

  10. Enjoy.
    That bakery food sounded devine πŸ˜‹

  11. Anonymous3:40 PM

    We were in Taupo this time last week. Love it there - enjoy Anne Palmy

  12. Glad the boat trip was fun, cannot imagine why you did not get in for a swim too lol

  13. Anonymous7:01 PM

    That carving is awesome!

  14. Best back scratcher I found is a spaghetti scoop for cooked pasta

    1. Might look a bit WEIRD in my handbag Chick! πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ˜‰

  15. Looks like a fabulous day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend πŸ™‚

  16. Anonymous9:51 PM

    Looks like you had an amazing day and the photo of you and Stew in the pool is gorgeous. Michelle from Oz.

  17. Love the photo of you and Stew relaxed casual nice just lovely 😊

  18. Anonymous1:01 AM

    The hot pools look divine. Wish I was there. Supposed to be good for achy bodies?? enjoy your weekend. Kj

  19. Sounds like a wonderful getaway. Those hot pools sure look tempting. Happy travels.

  20. What a wonderful outing. The cruise looks great. Would love to do that. And then hot pools. Bliss!
    And delicious food. Good day

  21. Wow so nice! I wish my hubby and I could take a nice vacation. Some day!

  22. Oh what a happy day! I would love to see all of these things, even the steak. The Maori carving is huge and detailed. It is beautiful. The hot pools - I could live in them. Everything looks just perfect!


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