Taupo Easter Trip
16 April, 2009 Leave a comment
A little late in the making, but here’s a brief update on our Taupo holiday at Easter.
In short, we had a fantastic trip with 3 nights in Taupo staying at a friends holiday house. The kids travelled really well – this being our longest car trip with both Matthew (2yr 8mth) and Amy (5.5mth).
The trip north took around 6 hours, including 2 decent stops for the lad to run around in Otaki and Waiouru. And to further help out the little guy combat boredom, we broke out a portable DVD player for the last part of the journey, which inevitably meant driving to The Wiggles!
Once in Taupo we played tourist with a toddler friendly focus – including playgrounds, train rides, visiting the Huka Falls, the Honey Hive and the AC Baths. 🙂
For the trip home, we decided to take an alternative route, sneaking through the Gorge, down SH2 and over the Rimutaka Hill to avoid the inevitable nightmare traffic on SH1 trying to get back into Wellington at the end of a long weekend. Our route was thus,
and took just half an hour longer than the trip north, and again we stopped twice for Matt to run around. Google maps tells me that route is about 60km longer than via SH1 and I’d definitely do it again – I’d far rather drive a little further and stay moving than be in a stop-start queue between Otaki and Porirua!
So all-in-all it was a successful holiday and we’ve uploaded a few snaps to my Picasa Web Albums here.