Welcome to Middle Earth

On Middle Earth Monday we hope to spotlight some of the wonderful discoveries New Zealand has for our blog readers. Peter Jackson’s films of Tolkien’s fascinating books have made such an impact on so many people around the world, that by watching the film, you get a real feel for the country’s natural beauty.

Middle Earth Monday at Huka Falls

The popular tourist destination Huka Falls in Wairakei Park, are the largest on the Waikato River, which is near Lake Taupo in the middle of the North Island. The water here is the most amazing turquoise blue. A phenomenon caused by super-clear water reflecting blue light, which is intensified by air bubbles. Dad crossed the bridge over the Falls when he took part in a fundraising challenge and said the noise was quite something!

The Waikato River is 425 km(264 miles) long and 100 metres(109 ft) wide but here the water is forced into a narrow space 20 metres(21 yds) wide with a drop of 11 metres(12 yd! The water rushes through at a rate of 220,000 litres (over 58,000 gallons) a second making a spectacular show of spray.

Middle Earth Monday
Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, Image Credit Paul Abbitt

You can find more spectacular images of the Falls here and here’s a Wiki Link to Huka Falls information.

We look forward to bringing you more from Middle Earth on Mondays, so you see New Zealand at its best!

See you then
Dash Kitten at Huka Falls

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  1. Thomas Archer @PuppyNumber7

    June 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    New Zealand is truly paradise, Aunty


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