Christmas 2015 road trip, day 2: Rotorua - Lake Waikaremoana - Lake Tutira

We left Rotorua just after lunch time deciding to make Lake Waikaremoana our first destination. Matt has always wanted to come here and with the heat getting a bit unbearable we thought stopping for a swim would be a perfect idea.

Lake Waikaremoana

After stopping somewhere on the way for Matt to have a go at a brown trout just sitting in the middle of the river (lost heaps of flies but the fish wasn't interested) we made it to the Lake early afternoon and were rewarded with stunning sceneries. The lake is situated right in the heart of Te Urewera National Park and covers an area of more than 50 square kilometers. We took lots of pictures and finally managed to dip into the water at Rosie's Bay. How beautifully refreshing!

We could have camped the night right there, but it was way too busy so we decided to journey on. Unfortunately there wasn't a lot of options around, so we ended up staying the night at Lake Tutira just outside the camp ground. Once again the actual campground was way too crowded for our liking, so we parked up right by the lake, Matt enjoyed another trout fishing adventure (again unsuccessful) after cooking us yummy dinner on the BBQ and we went to bed with ducks guarding our belongings :-)


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