My pretty little African Violet is coming along for a caravan holiday too. This was a birthday gift, and I couldn’t really leave such a pretty plant home alone for two weeks, could I? Goodness know what condition it would be in after all that time.
While in Taupo I went to my first ever visit to Lincraft, the retail chain specializing in craft, fabric, yarn, haberdashery, window furnishings, manchester and fashion accessories. First established in Australia, there are now several of these large craft stores in New Zealand, but not in my hometown. I was looking for some thread for my NZ bird stitchery and found exactly what I needed.
Lincraft store in Taupo
We then travelled on to Arapuni to stay on a lovely peaceful rural property overnight. While there we went in search of the 80 year old Arapuni Power Station. Still in operation, this is the oldest currently generating, and the largest single hydroelectric power station on the Waikato River. We read the story of the power station being camouflaged to prevent it being bombed by possible Japanese airstrikes during WW11. Masses of foliage was placed on top, and the building was painted in camouflage colours. Japan did not invade New Zealand so the powerhouse remained unscathed – but it certainly is an interesting story, and one we knew nothing about.
Arapuni Power Station
Did you notice that very high swing bridge in the photo above? This was built in 1925 for construction workers to reach the power station site, so of course we wanted to cross it. At 152m long and 54m above the river, the walk across certainly gave spectacular views of the river, the power station and the gorge.
On the swing bridge
How do you feel about crossing a swing bridge? I know some people are too terrified to put a foot on one. I’m fine as long as no one is being silly and making it bounce about.
This is a lovely part of the country and one we usually just drive through, so it was great to find these hidden gems.