Australia and New Zealand Mini Series Part 21: North Island, New Zealand: Scenic Beauty and Black Volcanic Sand at Lake Taupo

This is the twenty-first in my series of short reflections on different places in Australia and New Zealand, as experienced during my November 2019 visit. Today is the fifth of my posts on New Zealand’s North Island.

map of New Zealand
map of New Zealand
Map of Australia and New Zealand

In my last post I wrote about our visit to another of New Zealand’s most iconic attractions: a visit to the Glowworm Caves at Waitomo.

After this, we continued on our journey, now heading south-east to Napier, along roads lined with golden broom, and en route we were to stop off at Lake Taupo.

Lake Taupo

85 kilometres from Lake Taupo, we reached Waituhi Lookout, and walked up to view the sublime vista in which we could clearly see a distant snow-covered extinct volcano.

view from Waituhi Lookout

As we drove on we saw all around us golden broom interspersed with new young pines in plantations which had been logged.

We reached Lake Taupo, sparkling and dynamic, waves washing over black volcanic sand.

A little further on we reached a lookout over the lake from Lake Terrace – all around us and before us we could see golden broom, green grass, azure water, snow-capped mountain peaks with a dark green tree intersecting the panorama.

SC Skillman, psychological, suspense, paranormal fiction & non-fiction. My next book, Paranormal Warwickshire, will be published by Amberley Publishing on 15th June 2020 and is available to pre-order now either online, or from the publisher’s website, or from your local bookshop.