It is Christmas Eve and Jessica and I are now in the town of Taupo which is on the shore of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Taupo is popular with tourists as it offers panoramic views over the lake and to the volcanic mountains of Tongariro National Park to the south.
Taupo is also home to Taupo Volcano, a supervolcano, producing two of the world’s most violent eruptions in geologically recent times. The Oruanui eruption of the Taupo Volcano is the world’s largest known eruption in the past 70,000 years occurring around 26,500 years ago and the Hatepe eruption represents the most recent major eruption occurring about 1,800 years ago representing the most violent in the last 5,000 years.
Where would Jessica and I be without some festive spirits on Christmas Eve. Not sure how long this will last though. As you can see I am partially supporting the New Zealand wine industry with a Trout Valley white sauvignon.
Travelling can be very tiring. My lovely daughter caught me while I was watching, briefly of course, the inside of my eyelids.