Next was the long drive back south from Oakaura Bay, bypassing Auckland and down past Rotorua (for some recording that I’ll elaborate on next week) and into Te Urewera National Park to Lake Waikaremoana. Once you leave the town of Murapara the road becomes a single lane gravel road winding its way through dense bush and its only after an hour or more that you first catch a glimpse of the lake…
Once I got to the camp ground where I was booked to stay for a couple of nights I went for a wander around the lake and the two things that struck me immediately was first how clear the water was and secondly how quiet it was! Late on my first night I went for a walk and it would have to be one of the quietest places I have been in recent memory – at night I could hear a morepork way across the other side of the lake with absolutely no noise or light pollution!!
There are a lot of great walking tracks around this area & I explored a few, but as with the Taupo side trip I was on a bit of recording mission of a specific nature, so the best tracks I explored was when I was also lugging all my mics, stands & recorders with me… I love these sorts of tracks although fully appreciate how dense that bush is & how unpleasant it would be to get lost & spend a cold night outside!
I found one very sheltered bay & did a bit of recording of the lake, but noticed this funny phenomena with the waterlap around a submerged rock – have a look/listen to the video below: