|Glancing over the prawn farm|
|The throng of prawn fisherman at the park in the summer|
|Some rules for fishing. Seemed pretty obvious to me|
|Just doing some tranquil, silent squatting|
|This is my first (and only) catch. I named him Clive. Look at how big he is!|
After a short fishing lesson and a few rules, we were set loose in the park armed with our bamboo rods, a bucket and some bait. I have to say that prawn fishing is a lot more satisfying than normal fishing as you get tugs more often -although I suspect it's due to the fact that the prawns are concentrated in a few small ponds rather than prawns being more hungry than fish. Although it was cold (middle of winter, you see), the steam rising from the warm ponds kept us toasty while we sat in tranquil silence.
|Clive on ice, ready to go to the restaurant|
|Mmmmm... warn toasty fire|
|Hot lemon, ginger and honey fruit drink -$4.50|
|Garlic Ciabatta -$5.50|
|Chunky Chips with housemade tomato sauce and aioli -$6.50|
Most of the dishes on the menu are a little out of our price range as we had already spent a lot of money on renting a camper-van so we had to resort to items that wouldn't break the bank and what better way to fill up than on chunky fries? Lucky for us, the chunky chips here are delish -crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside and as big as your face. Don't believe me?
|See? I told you.|
|Tempura prawns with a sweet chili sauce -$18.50|
|Clive. On a plate.|
|At this point, I wish we had caught more|
|Biggest prawn ever caught is 42cm. Try to beat that!|
|Interesting prawn facts|
1. Did you know that the prawn breeds at a ratio of seven females to one male.
2. The male Prawn has two Thingi's.
3. The golden claw male puts all his energy into fighting and if he wins often enough he then turns into a blue clawed male and then puts all this energy into mating (Clive was one of those!).
4. The male prawn in an average lifetime of 2 years will father approximately 36 million happy and healthy baby prawns.
All and all, this was the best place we visited on our road trip -it was just a pity that it was winter. The Huka Prawn Park has all the ingredients needed for a great day out -good food, good activities and very educational. We will definitely be back for more soon and this time, we will get a whole bucket of prawns to ourselves Muahahahahaha..
The Huka Prawn Park can be found at the end of Huka Falls Road, Wairakei Park, Taupo, New Zealand.
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