Taupo was fun. There was a bit of a bittersweet tang near the end, but it was mostly fun. It’s an interesting town. Teh Matt observed that lots of businesses (like cafes) had teenagers working there, when in Auckland they’d normally be staffed by people in their late teens to mid-twenties.
The thing is that Taupo has no university or tech, so I guess for a lot of people once they’ve finished high school, the next step is to get out of Taupo and go to a big city. The high school aged kids are left to take up the slack. Fast Times at Taupo-Nui-A-Tia College?