Sunday, January 10, 2010

Huka Falls, Taupo

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One thing I've learned is that when you are traveling you should always leave yourself extra driving time.

This is especially true when you are in a place as picturesque as New Zealand.

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If you allow yourself time to roam then you can pull over whenever you see a sign that looks like it might lead to something interesting.

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This is how we found Huka Falls. We had gone to catch our flight and it was delayed so we drove back past town to a sign we had seen earlier.

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I haven't edited these photos at all. The water actually is this amazing color.

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The deeper the water the more brilliant the color. In the rapids it was this pale clear aqua.

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The roar from the rapids blocked out the sound of everyone else's voice.

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Its amazing how the loud consistent sound can make everything seem so silent.

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Its even more brilliant in person. Oh and the sky! The sky was such a pretty blue.

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The air is so fresh, so clean and you can smell the water running below you. It makes you want to just dip your hand in that water and take a drink.

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For decades the power from the falls powered the hotel we stayed at. Its really impressive how people have used these rivers for centuries.

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There are a few companies that also offer river cruises to get a very close view of the falls and its surrounding.

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They got quite close, I'm sure they were all pretty damp.

Telephoto lenses are the coolest.

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Around Huka Falls are tons of walking trails. They are all clearly marked with the amount of time it will take to walk the loop.

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I think I've fantasized about these footpaths before. I just know if I took the time I could find all sorts of magical worlds behind those leaves.

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Under the cover of these paths everything smells damp and alive. I love the smell of wet dirt. I love the smell of rain.

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Every thing here is so entirely alive.

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It is so powerful.

New Zealand

Where do you go for a water fix? The beach? A pool? A crick :) The interwebs?

18 comments:

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  2. Uh oh, I think you've just been hit by this "commenter" who has been leaving similar comments on a few other websites I know.

    Back to NZ... wow, I could almost smell and taste the pureness of the water! All their tourism ads about 100% PURE are so true, aren't they? I was in a Shotover Jet in one of their rivers and when they boat made a quick turn, a spray of water swept over us and I accidentally gulped down some (I was sitting in front!) and it was so pure-tasting!

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  3. What a way to end your trip ... The unexpected adventures are the sweetest! Safe trip home!

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  4. Ugh! I want to be there, I have the creek in the backyard, Im more of a port town girl but I will take what I can get. I hope you guys had the time of your lives, and I cant wait to see what else you were up to. That water is so amazing!!!

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  5. OH MY GOODNESS. I can't believe the color of the water. Amazing!!!

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  6. That color is gorgeous!!! I could so easily jump into that...

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  7. So beautiful! Great memories to take away from the end of your trip. Hope the journey home is a safe one.

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  8. Just beautiful! My favorite is the last photo, it must have been breathtaking! I love water in all forms, ponds, lakes, rivers, oceans...

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  9. Absolutely beautiful! I love water. I love the ocean, rivers, anything place that has water. These are some really beautiful photos. You had a great day to take pictures. Wonderful weather.

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  10. Oh my gosh so gorgeous! I love waterfalls, water bodies..whatever. I like to go to the state parks where there are waterfalls, we have several, we've gone to Niagara Falls, Canada quite a few times and it was so relaxing to just sit in the park and watch the water. Luckily, we had sun glasses on because we dozed off!!

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  11. That water color is amazing. I've been showing Match your New Zealand pictures and he promised we'd go there someday. Sooo beautiful!

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  12. This is going to be such an original comment, but I have to say it. What a beautiful place! How wonderful you were able to go there together!

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  13. That last one is amazing... the sky! The water!

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  14. The crick is where I go :) These are simply breathtaking! -Tammy

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