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Travel Blogs from Rotorua
We have a short journey from Rotorua to Taupo today so there is plenty of chance to catch up on the sights of Rotorua before departing. A brief drive confirms yesterday's impression that there is not much to see downtown. NZ is not a treasure trove of architectural gems: the best that can be said is the the buildings are low-rise and therefore do not impact significantly the outlook. We eschew the thermal parks in the immediate area on the basis that ...
... was picked up by the Mitai village bus at 5.45, taken to the village for an evening of multi lingual greetings-the idea was that we were assembling a tribe of many nations, I think he found 21 by the end, only Curasol had him stumped for a native greeting. We went into the forest, past an astonishingly clear pool with bubbling geothermal base, for the warriors to canoe past, they sunk the canoe and waddled into the reconstructed village, where we joined them for ...
... up to me, looking down at my flipflops, and saying that I had beautiful toes. Toes must be a major Maori attraction and Nicole better watch out because there could be a Maori princess out there waiting for me.
We booked a rafting trip for the next morning on the Kaituna River which means eel food in Maori. The trip included a plunge over a 7 meter waterfall (20 feet) – the highest commercially rafted fall in the world. ...
... I decided I would probably never get used to the stench in Rotorua and genuinely admired people who lived there.
By the time I left, I felt really rather relaxed and my skin was so smooth! Maybe there was some truth in the purported health benefits of the crazy stinky water! My errant friends by the time had decided they wanted to see me so I went round to their apartment where we spent the evening having some wine in the sun which was nice. Around 9pm I had ...
... Here, we visited the town centre before spending the afternoon at Te Puia - Geothermal Area. This is the home of the Pokuhutu Geyser along with the aptly named Prince of Wales Feathers Geyser (named after the Prince of Wales visited - his hat had a plume of feathers that resembled the geyser). We saw mud pools and hot pools here along with some hot lakes. The smell of sulphur around was obvious but not that bad. The guide we had took us to ...
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