Video: Taupo, New Zealand: From a Duckling to Rafting by da-AL

Taupo Public Library.

At the risk of sounding like I’m getting paid for this (all us bloggers are wealthy, no?) New Zealand truly has everything! We loved urban Auckland, relaxing Rotorua, the stunning Redwoods, amazing Huka Falls, and astounding Craters of the Moon and Pirongia, as well as Hamilton Gardens. (Later in Australia’s Gold Coast, we visited familyand birds of Australia Part 1 of 2 plus Part 2 of 2, then we marveled at the Spectacular Views in and Around Gold Coast, enjoyed a delicious meal on the beach, saw some wild things and cute things at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, had fun with Rita Rigby, met the beasts of Brisbane and the beauty there, and enjoyed Sydney this much and that much, as well as the purring there!

In Taupo, we had great fun! We stayed at Sharon Drinnan’s small family farm cottage (you can reach her at DrinnanClan@Farmside.co.NZ). Sharon was so kind that she even made sure we saw this charmer who’d hatched only hours earlier!…

Can one ever get enough of looking wonderfulnesses that includes a dog as black and cute as mine? This dog belongs to our hostess, Sharon…

After breakfast, we drove into town. On the way — “Stop the car!” I yelled, intending to photograph a mamma pig with her small piggies. She, however, had other plans! Before I knew it, she’d corralled the babies into a far corner, then returned to confront me!…

Don’t mess with Mother Pig.

Anyone who visits Happiness Between Tails knows I adore libraries. Taupo has a great one! (More later about the Pūkana expression on the red Māori sculpture)…

The city of Taupo lies along the shore of Lake Taupo — where we enjoyed a river rafting adventure. We had too much fun to take photos. However, after our adventure, my husband took these photos of me with our river guide, Tau Thompson of Tongariro River Rafting when another river guide photo-bombed us. Those Pūkana expressions we’re making (same as on the library statue). Facial expressions are essential to Māori performance…

What’s your best facial expression?

11 thoughts on “Video: Taupo, New Zealand: From a Duckling to Rafting by da-AL

  1. Barbara Grace Lake May 29, 2019 / 11:13 am

    Thank you so much, da-AL for returning me to New Zealand after my 3-week visit so many years ago. I am enjoying your experience vicariously, feeling the greenness of New Zealand once again.

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  2. Invisibly Me May 28, 2019 / 9:15 am

    Little ducklings really are such sweeties, aren’t they? You have some beautiful photos to capture the wonderful memories! xx

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  3. Florence Ezekafor May 28, 2019 / 4:02 am

    Adventure is a very nice thing. Love the pictures especially the one you’re really having fun with hubby. You guys look so cute together.

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  4. Stella, oh, Stella May 27, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    What a great trip that is. Such a variety of adventures! Good for you!
    The duckling is so cute … 🙂
    Mama pig protecting her young ones … we also noticed that cows do that; they will stand in front of their calves to protect them.
    My best facial expression is the “Mona Lisa” expression … 😀

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    • da-AL May 28, 2019 / 2:10 am

      Good one, Birgit! I’ll put that on my list — unfortunately there’s no Mona Lisa emoji 🙂

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  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt May 27, 2019 / 4:03 am

    How much fun this post is, Daal. You do the Pukana expressions well, and the video of you and your husband with the duckling is adorable. The library looks welcoming and bright – nice highlight of your trip.

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