After the 8-hour walk and climb, I’m pleased to wake up not feeling too bad and legs to not be too sore apart from when I walk down the bus steps. Our bus to the next stop River Valley has a stop a couple of hours in at a supermarket so that we can buy a picnic for a walk to waterfalls we are going to in part of the Tongariro National Park. The bus has a lot of new people on it and is full up, as Taupo is a place where people stay longer amounts of time due to the crossing as you can do 3 days hikes there or if it gets cancelled for the weather people end up staying longer.
So no-one really is that keen on doing a walk after the previous day, especially if it has any uphill parts but the bus drivers promises us that it will help to stretch out the legs and think he is probably right. The weather is lovely and clear, so no need for jumpers while we eat, but it takes about 45minutes before we do eat.
The falls are called Tawhai Fallsand as we get into them we pass Mount Doom from the car and it just looks so big I still can’t believe we were all up the top as it seems very impossible. The driver seems quite impressed with those that did it too.
The walk to the first falls is quite easy and they look nice – not too big but pretty and the water at the bottom of the fall is just so clear and blue making you wanting to jump in. Hanging out at the rocks for a bit here, as lots of selfies being taken before we continue to the main falls where we are going to eat.
The main Taranki Falls are also nice a little longer and bigger than the first, but both just as nice – just different backdrops. The walk isn’t too hard and through the bush. But it does include a few steps, which everyone seems to struggle with a little (even if they don’t admit it!) and can go at your own pace.
Eating lunch by the Taranki Falls and in the sun is lovely, although a bit tricky to eat food sitting on rock with Swedish Ida and English Charlotte, as we have to make the sandwiches on our lap but no where to put bags as the floor is all wet. Amusing. All fired up and refreshed after food we finish the walk, which is a loop back to the bus. We have to walk up quite a few steps on the way back as go up and over the falls rather than walk along and it does feel good every time stretching out the legs. It is very scenic with a mix of bush, crossing streams and then open land with views of the mountains and more of Mount Doom. Walking back it’s mainly myself and Swedish Ida chatting away about life in general enjoying the views and moaning about our legs aching haha.
26th April 2016