The Wandering Tops

The Wandering Tops

16 April, 2017

Te Kopia Scenic Reserve



Te Kopia Road
Our friends Kathy & Neville invited us to their weekend retreat by Lake Ohakuri for the day. We followed them south from Tauranga passing through Rotorua then another half hour drive through Te Kopia Scenic Reserve.  We stopped at Tikiroa O Paeroa which is a thermal area overlooking the bubbling mud pools. With recent rains the water appeared milky instead of the brown mud - however it facinated us watching the mud boil and also seeing all the steam coming out of the mountain range.

Te Kopia Scenic Reserve


Tikiroa O Paeroa thermal area

We drove onto Rotota where they have an onsite caravan which overlooks Lake Ohakuri. Before lunch we had a nice walk around the area, stopping for a sit in the hot tub which is fed by natural thermal water from Lake Ohakuri. From the hot tub you have a fantastic view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Timed it nicely as was back having lunch when a thunder storm came over.  We left around 4.30pm when the air was starting to get chilly and had a great drive home as the steam was quite prominent pouring out from the Range, and driving through the gorges with low cloud created an erie atmosphere.

Lake Ohakuri

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