DAY 61 - TAUPO/OHUKANE 🏔
On the road again from Taupo to Ohakune, today was a weird day. There’s a tension in the air and it reminds me of the day at Byron Bay on my Aus Contiki. It’s a free day, the day after a heavy night of drunken drama and the atmosphere is not good. We’re all tired and hungover and the weather is bad, so the bike ride has been cancelled. Our first photo stop gives us some much needed fresh air and some gorgeous views of the Rotokawa waterfalls. We then arrive in a tiny town - Okahune. It’s geared to winter and snow sports and we’re coming into summer. There is nothing to do and about 4 restaurants in the whole place. We head to a vegan friendly stop (never been on a trip with so many dietary requirements in ma life) and then checked into the hotel. I’m rooming with Kate and Amie and we’ve lucked out with a big room, so the girls all come and play cards against humanity. We then have an included burger dinner in the hotel and the manager puts on a trivia night for us, which is actually good fun. I avoid alcohol like the plague and get an early night. We’ve all said we really don’t understand why we stop here. There’s nothing to do, nothing to see and no one’s ever heard of it 🤷🏼♀️ I’ve stopped reviewing the accommodation because this tour is hotel based, so compared to Aus, everywhere has been a 10/10; but this place is definitely a 4/10 for the normal rooms, we just lucked out and got a 7/10.
📍Rotokawa Waterfalls, Taupo 🌟 7/10
A beautiful stop that I would make a quick detour for.
📍Eat Café, Ohakune 🌟 7/10
Not my usual kind of scene, but amazing for vegans/veggies. They didn’t accept card which was annoying and it was only a small cafe with limited choice; but everything was freshly made and really tasty.
📍Burger Dinner at Kings Hotel, Ohakune 🌟 6/10
Average to good dinner. It was a limited choice of cheeseburger, chicken burger or veggie burger; but it was nice nevertheless.
📍Trivia Night at Kings Hotel, Ohakune 🌟 8/10
This was actually lots of fun and we came a respectable second 🥈
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