Welcome to the Smelly Lake District
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Anyway we set off on our drive to Rotorua, the Lake District of NZ (the lakes are in fact all collapsed volcanos) at about 8am despite being really tired. We drove up and down the Bay of Plenty before heading inland to Central North Island and the cultural and geothermic town of Rotorua, one of the Pacific’s most active thermal regions and home to the biggest concentration of Maori people in NZ
We found our campsite again, Family Parks, on a two for one which meant that the bill per night came to about £8 per night and it was almost on the edge of Lake Rotorua. We headed straight off into town and had a quick wander about before heading to the Zorbing park. Zorbing is essentially putting a human being in a huge inflatable ball with some water (optional) then rolling down a big hill. Whilst I got stuck straight in and handed over my discount vouchers Erica wanted to do a special type of Zorbing called Zorbit where you got strapped in then rolled so it was a bit like an astronaut training routine. Unfortunately that wasn’t running due to the wind so I stripped off (not naked), got driven up the hill at extreme speed in a 4x4, asked to dive through a small hole into the Zorb and pushed down my requested zig zag track. It was really good but over far too quickly. A video is attached but the lady remained adamant she had to do the strapped in one so she would try again tomorrow.
I emerged after a bumpy ride with blood coming out of my foot where I’d caught one of my toes on one of the zips. Anyway that was it Zorbing smash! Despite my protests of needing a walk the rain meant Erica promised we would do it tomorrow. We therefore headed off to the Polynesian spa, out of 5 years it had been voted one of the world’s top 10 spa’s in 3 of those 5 years. All heated geothermically. Whiffs aside it was for the most part a fantastic experience. There were about 8 pools at about 5 different temperatures and different mineral contents. It had swimming pools, relaxing pools and infinity pools with fantastic views of the sulphur lake beyond. There was one very sour point though, we were unfortunate enough to see a very large lady who was wearing a very, very badly fitting swimsuit that in the bottom of it didn’t fit and just gaped around the women’s nether regions exposing.... well everything, Erica said I had to double take before turning my head completely the other way and my face just dropped. Erica was in hysterics and did all she could to avoid weeing in the pool. Despite paying for an hour we stayed in for about 2 hours and for some reason it had sucked the life right out of us. We retired to our campsite for another Thai red chicken curry and rice, with plenty of white wine, red wine and gin and tonics.