Lake Taupo is hugh and it was very windy so there were waves lapping at the edges making it look like the sea. The drive round the lake to Turangi was lovely but would have been hard work and cold if cycling!
The tourist infomration centre in Turangi was exceptionally helpful giving us all sorts of tips and information about the south island as well as the local area. She booked our trip on Blue bridge ferries for us on Wednesday morning and asked if we could stay in their carpark if we arrived the afternoon before as we have to be there at 7am... which is sunrise!
We then moved on to a little family run campsite called Oasis about 5km beyond Turangi as we had not been impressed by the large top ten one in Taupo.
After settling we went for a quick explore on our bikes again and found......guess what.... more steaming craters and mud pools at the base of another extinct (I think!)volcano.
We then discovered the campsite had a free spa pool which we used. This was a 2m cube of very hot mineral water with a shelf around to sit on and a constant input of nature hot mineral water coming in all the time and when you pressed a button (which was outside in the cold!...Terry's job!)bubbles and jets of air making bubbles came out of each of the 4 walls for about 3mins. Very relaxing. There was also a heated swimming pool... well a 7m by 3m hot mineral tank of mineral water! which I used the following morning for some hydrotherapy before the journey to the snow capped mountains of the Taupo region.
Also managed to do the washing as it had a great little drying room.