Day 06 – Maraetai to Taupo

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel

Elevation Profile

Sunday morning it was time for us to pack up and leave. However, I had charged my phone a couple of times, my camera battery, Rebecca’s camera battery, and then tried to charge the laptop. As a result, the battery was too flat to start the bike. We tried to push start it, but there wasn’t even enough charge to drive the electronic fuel injection.

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One of the downsides of the panniers we use is that the left one has to come off in order to remove the seats. And the battery is under the seat!

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It was almost mid-day by the time we finally left. We followed the back roads south, and met up with the main highway at Mangatawhiri. This section of road was made for motorbikes – it was windy scenic. And as it was Sunday, lots of other bikers were out and about.

We had lunch in Matamata, where the following picture was taken.

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The traffic before Taupo was atrocious. It was bumper to bumper, stop/start traffic from Wairakei all the way to he center of Taupo. Fortunately we were on a motorbike, as we were able to sneak through on the outside.

Once we set up our tent at the camp ground, we rode to the hot springs in the Waikato River for a relaxing swim. To identify the exact location of this free “hot pool”, zoom in on the map above near Taupo. Our track in Taupo makes a ‘Y’, and it is at the end of the top left end of the ‘Y’ (off County Avenue). I can’t recommend this place enough, as it allows you to choose really hot water (by sitting near where the water comes out of the ground), or completely freezing water (which is the Waikato river at any time of the year), or any other temperature in between. Rebecca likes her the warm water, while I oscillate between the really hot and really cold.

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Here you can see people sitting in the hot section to the far right of the picture.

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