Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
Trip End Feb 28, 2008

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Where I stayed
Rainbow Lodge Hostle

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

We were staying in Rainbow Lodge Hostel, just outside the main town and we soon found it.  We unpacked all stuff in the little space that there was available (we were sharing with some girls who were even more untidy than Theresa and had made it so that to get to our beds we had to shuffle through all of their clothes).

After settling in we went for a walk about and found the supermarket. We also located the little cinema and decided to go and watch a film that night. We had both read Northern Lights whilst we were away and were keen to see the "Golden Compass" which is based on this book. However the film wasn't really all that good and didn't do the book justice so we were a bit disappointed.

The following day we had a walk to the lake, and Mark spotted a mini Golf course. Of course we had a go, and of course Mark won. The most entertaining part was watching Mark get annoyed by some old duffers who hadn't got a clue and were holding everyone up. In the end we stormed past them and had to come back to that particular hole afterwards.

We then had a walk around the town before sitting in the shade under a tree, in the park, to read for a bit.

We had decided already that we would move on the next day to Rotorua. On the way to Rotorua, we stopped just outside Taupo at Huka Falls. This was pretty impressive and is where the river narrows over a cliff and a vast amount of water is pushed down through a narrow gap. The amount of water is controlled by the Hydro Electricity company who use the power from the river to create power. We walked along the side of the falls for a little way and then we drove on to the 'Craters of the Moon'.

The 'Craters of the Moon' is a geothermal area where there is steam coming out of craters and mud pools. We paid $5 to get in each, and then were able to walk aound a boardwalk which showed you the craters and mudpools. Its was a bit smelly due to the Sulphur given off from the steam and also pretty hot considering it was quite a cool day. We were impressed by the craters and by the gloopy mud pools, we walked up to a look out and got to see the whole area.

We were looking forward to getting to Rotorua and seeing the big guns in geothermal activity!!

Love Theresa and Mark xxxx
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