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... people and lack of spade which we weren’t prepared to hire – nah did not think it was worth the effort. Only had another 30 kms to get to Tairua for our next accommodation, explored township and surrounds and now
holed up for the night, Rotarua tomorrow.
Love and hugs from me, no-one would want any from the Snuffleupagus but the thought would be there.
... to show how it used to be. An incredibly deep rocky gorge, with the river way below rushing noisily over rapids between huge boulders. The path at times was so narrow we had to wait to pass other walkers, and in places big dents in the handrails showed where rocks had fallen from above into the water far below. The bridges across the gorge were wooden suspension bridges, which got up quite a sway when we marched across. Very exciting. But best of all was climbing up steps to ...
... but it was getting dark and the tide was coming in quickly so we didn't get chance! Hot water beach is unique in the fact that there is hot water, like 65°c hot water under the sand due to the tectonic plates forcing magma closer to the earth's surface! Although we didn't get to dig a hot pool we did bury our feet in the sand which was really awesome! It was then back to the dorm for a shower and ...
... walk as recent earth movements had closed some of the tunnels. We had plenty of excitement with some of the tunnels anyway! There was plenty of industrial archaeology to photograph, so we did spend much time at the main site. After lunch of ...Sardines.... where we were befriended by a cockerel, we proceeded to the 1200 metre long railway tunnel which carried much of the ore to the batteries and processing plants. ...
... towards Rotorua. We drove via the town of Tauranga and Mount Maungarui. Both towns were lovely seaside towns with Tauranga being the larger and busier of the two. It apparently is a popular holiday destination. It appeared to have quite a vibrant nightlife. I’m not talking vibrant in terms of London, or even Manchester Town Centre, but certainly in terms of the New Zealand towns we have seen so far. Taurnaga also had a lovely harbour front walk, ideal for an early evening ...