Trumpy Spa Land

Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
Trip End Aug 24, 2010

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hello from the south island,

Got up the morning after the Maori evening and headed to the 'Polynesian Spa'. It’s an adults only spa with 7 pools of various temperatures ranging between 36o to 42o. hot, hot, hot!

The spa is right on the bank of Lake Rotorua, and it uses the boiling hot water from the natural springs that are around the lake, and the lake water itself to fill and heat the pools. Turns out the spa was the source of the trump smell in the town, which distracted from the relaxing nature of the pool, but it was still a great experience. The mineral pools take water from the natural springs and the sulphur pool take water from the lake. The sulphur pools have a lot of crap floating in them, which is bit disgusting, but still relaxing (if you close you eyes and hold your nose).

After, we drove to a place called ‘National Park’, which logically is right on the edge of a national park. It’s right up in the highlands of the north island near the dormant volcanos Mt Rapehu and Mt Tongarairo. The views were amazing, as all mountains have snow on them at the moment.

Not much going on in National Park itself, as only 400 people live there, but the hostel was nice and was a nice stop before we headed to Wellington the next day.

Arrived in Wellington yesterday after a three hour drive. We’re slowly discovering that cities have very little to offer us, and all the exciting stuff to see and do is in the small towns!

Woke up this morning and went straight to the national museum ‘Te Papa’. Every kiwi raves about it but we weren’t that impressed. We’ve told a couple of kiwis that and they seem to take it very personally.

We got the ferry from Wellington to the south island, which docks at Picton. In Picton we got met by a woman with a board, who took us to pick up our next car. It’s a lovely maroon Nissan bluebird. Imagine the kind of car a taxi-driver would drive. It comes with snow chains and a roof rack for skis, which is useful as me and Amy have booked to go skiing in Queenstown next week! Just for two days, but it will be amazing!

Staying in a small town called Nelson tonight, in the nicest hostel I think we’ve been in so far. It’s like staying at a friend’s house! Heading to Franz Josef glacier for a glacier walk tomorrow, which we are BOTH very excited about!

Speak Soon,

Amy and Nick xxxxxx
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Mum, Dad and Rachel on

Two blogs from you in one day - we feel very spoilt! NZ sounds fabulous and you two certainly seem to be making the most of it. Skiing indeed! All well here but buying a house must be the most stressful thing going and progress SOOOO slow. We all miss you but keep on having fun and telling us about it!
Love M,D,R xxx

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