Boiling day out.....!!

Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, February 6, 2012

wednesday 25th
we set off early to Rotorua , a very popular sporting area ...maily water orientated because of the large lake dominating the area. we quickly found the information centre and armed with 100 leaflets drove down to the lake front to park and have lunch..the leaflets showed a very interesting 4 hour walk around the area so off we went..first walking on the lake front with the tiny bits of sand and the peaceful lapping of the waves... then around the tip of the lake where we watched the cruise paddle steamer takes punters for a trip round the lake...and some kayakers avoiding the vast amount of interesting birds...

next was the amazing boiling mud pools ...  our first visit to a thermal area, formed from the volcano erupting 1000s of years ago and the ground is still boiling underneath. all round this side of the lake the water bubbles up forming steaming hot pools of mud.. you see the steam rising, as if on fire, from behind the shrubs and plants it was awesome.. and as we are intrepid adventurers now,  we ignored the " danger keep out " signs and walked right over to look down the holes. it was one of the most interesting things i had ever seen and robin too i think......on the edge of the lake, also bubbling in places, huge deposits of colours from yellows to greens and reds, obviously from the chemicals in the mud.i took pics but they do not really show the awesomeness...

we carried on our walk to come across the blue baths, a hot water public baths fed by the hot springs under ground..apparently been there since the late 1800s when it was very popular with the victorians for its healing properties..

you then come to Government park which is immaculate, well kept gardens and toilets and the revamped museum, renovated from the 1900s back to its orignal glory. on the edge of the park is the boiling pool, just water, all fenced off as the temp is 100c and the water steaming. also there was a 1930s building, with decor in keeping with that era doing evening meals and shows of that time .. we never got round to going though.

next stop was Kauri park where most of the bubbling lakes and mud pools are..all fenced off for safety, but very interesting great holes with bubbling mud and a huge boiling hot lake about 150 meters in diameter, a viewing platform took you right over it to see the depth and the blue and yellow colours of the water and the deposits left by the chemicals again.awesome...

after this was the Maori village lots of tin houses with the bubbling streams in their backyards and on the village square with the church in, the paving is too hot to touch, we thought any day the water would burst through you could here it steaming under the slabs..the carvings and church was amazing but to see steam everywhere was so wierd..

then back to the "jam van" ( as svetlana named it, after robins amazing consumption of jam in Austalia...a whole jar in 3 weeks..!!..the four of them were convinced we would have loads on board our van..!! a well earned drink  and snack before setting off to lake Okareka where we found an awesome picnic area full of people enjoying the lake side, swimming, boating, jet skiing and kayaking,  we waited and after they left, we and 7 other camper vans stayed the night, very peaceful stop and a great end to another fantastic day...the most incredible yet..!!

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