Day 8, North Island, New Zealand
Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
160Trip End May 13, 2012
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So we drove inland to Rotorua - a town you smell before you see!
Rotorua is a popular destination mainly due to the abundant geothermal activity resulting in numerous erupting geysers, thermal pools and steam vents - hence the strong smell of sulphur everywhere, though you soon get used to it.
As well as the visiting the geysers etc - strange landscapes - we also went to a Mauri Cultural Centre and saw our first and probably last kiwi, as not normally seen in the wild as they are both nocturnal and declining in numbers.
The bad weather finally caught up with us mid-afternoon which curtailed our activities so had a nod while waiting for the rain to pass, then went exploring the town in the drizzle - roll on sunshine again!!
Travelled 99 Kms today.