Trip Start May 18, 2004
54Trip End Jul 08, 2013
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There was large rugby league maches held in New Zealand, so I had to move to avoid the crowd from international rugby fans. Particularly, while I was in Christchurch, I couldn't find a hostel available because of the rugby fans and I had to move to Kaikoura, where I was frightened by a seal
It was the second time for me to visit Rotorua, but I really enjoyed the smelly city with my family again. We stayed in a beautiful and reasonable B&B, Eaton Hall Guest House , which was the first and last time to stay in B&B in my life. The tourist information centre was very useful with a lot of brochures, kind staff, and bus ports just in front. My brother and mom were fully satisfied with exciting scenary with lava, boiling mud, geysers, and hot pool. Especially, Champagne Pool and Lady Knox Geyser in Wai-O-Tapu were excellent. Wakarewarewa, Te Whakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao, was also a good attraction, where we could see a traditional carving factory, mud pools, Maori houses, kiwi birds and so on. Hell's Gate was similar, but it had a mud bath. I also liked Rainbow Springs & Farm, where we could see a full of trout, some birds and a fun sheep show. In the morning, we visited Lake Rotorua, which was beautiful with a unique Maori Church. Everything was great in Rotorua.
After my family left Auckland, I went back to Nomads Fat Camel backpackers and met Jon from Basque country. He is nice and friendly and we made friends soon. He was thinking of a travel around Southeast Asia just as I was. So I made an appointment to see him again in a guesthouse in Kuala Lumpur and left Auckland by the Malaysia airlines on August 4th.