Rotorua & Eggy Popcorn

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Mar 30, 2013

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

After another night spent at Otorohanga we set off on the road to Rotorua. Everyone we've spoken to has said this place is incredible, we couldn’t wait to get there and see it for ourselves. On the way we stopped at Tirau, made famous for its manufacturing of corrugated metal, there are loads of sculptures all over town made from the stuff. Apart from the giant dog and sheep there’s also loads of cute gift and antique shops.

After another stunning drive we arrived in Rotorua, like we always do we headed straight for the i-Site. All major towns and cities have one, it’s and info/visitor centre that’s packed with loads of stuff to do in each city. You can speak to a local at the desk, they can help you with anything including booking tours and accommodation, or like us you can pick up hundreds of free pamphlets on activities to do locally. These are also usually full of discount vouchers for the activities, you never usually have to pay full price!

As it was lunch time we drove to Kairiu Park to have lunch in the van and then walked around to see the steaming springs and bubbling mud pool. When you arrive in Rotorua the first thing you notice is the smell, its pretty gross. When we were walking around the park, where the smell is very strong due to the high thermal activity, we realised it smelt like eggy popcorn! The reason for Rotorua’s thermal activity is its location over the Taupo Volcanic Zone. When you drive around town there are steaming springs all over the place, even in locals gardens!

It was now time for a bit more action; we still had some adrenaline left from caving so we decided to go luging! This is at The Skyline which you get to by gondola; it’s worth it just for the views of Lake Rotorua! At the top there is a gift shop, restaurant, Jelly Belly shop and the luge. You go half way down the mountain on a track controlling the speed and direction of the cart with your hands, it’s really good fun and worth the $40 which included the gondola ride and 3 goes down the luge. Oli got a bit over excited and nearly came off on a few corners.

After a quick trip into McDonalds for a coffee and wifi we got to Thermal Holiday Village. It’s about 5km out of town but it’s really quiet and they have their own free thermal pools. When we arrived we jumped straight into them for a bit of relaxation.

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