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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua April 12th 2017

On our way to Wellington, we stopped at some of the thermal hot springs to see how they compared with Yellowstone. Although the weather wasn't perfect (slight mist and rain off and on), we spent about two hours in the park and thoroughly enjoyed it.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua April 10th 2017

1st March Rotorua The trip from Napier took us across more spectacular countryside, with very few townships and even fewer petrol stations. Fill up before you leave any big town!!!. We bypassed Taupo before heading into Rotorua for a few days to be chauffeured by John and have a couple of days respite from Doris (our nagging Sat nav) The hotel was close on Sulphur Lake but with all the amenities close by. 2nd March Lake Taupo and surrounds New Zealand's largest lake, sits in a caldera that began erupting some 300,000 years ago. This lake and surrounding waterways attract fishing enthusiasts from all over. Our first stop was the Huka Falls on the Waikato river, New Zealand's longest, fed from Lake Taupo the Falls crash on to the Aratiatia Rapids another place for adrenaline junkies. ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua April 8th 2017

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua April 1st 2017

So Rotorua is known to the locals a Rotovagas as it's pretty much a play ground amongst the sulphur and mud pools in this thermal environment. The weather was still a bit hit and miss so in between the torrential rain we popped out and had a look at some of the active spots in the local park, soaked our feet in some sulphur pools and managed to hold our breath long enough to stand the eggy fart smell for some pictures! Jo's friends from home Adam and Hannah were waiting to sky dive in Taupo but wanted to join up with us the next day, so we camped out another night. Unfortunately their skydive didn't go ahead due to the weather, so we met up the next day at the sky park for some luge, ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 21st 2017

Breakfast of champions this morning included a sampling of Dunkin Donuts, which happened to be a two minute walk from our hostel and quite convenient. It was a hell of a sugar rush for first thing in the morning, and really not very good. I wouldn't eat Dunkin Donuts back home in California. I was just hoping it might taste better in New Zealand. Oh well. I walked down the street and bought some savory potato pastries to ease the glycemic surge. They tasted ok. We loaded up in our giant van and headed out to the Waiotapu Geothermal Walk. There were various loops you can do but our group did the smaller of the loops. It seemed like it would be the more interesting part anyway. However, first, we were told we had to head ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 13th 2017

Today we had a busy day, touring the sites around Rotorua. We started by touring the Whakarewarewa Volcanic Valley which is a geothermal site with boiling springs and volcanic activity forming heated lakes and streams with a sulfur content such that the site, and indeed the city, smells of rotten eggs. This site has had a significant amount of volcanic activity in the past. Furmaroles, or steam vents have been formed where water or gas comes up to the surface, which heats the water and forms geysers. The lake that has been formed has a temperature of 210 at the bottom and 130 degrees at the top. This is very similar to Yellowstone, but on a smaller scale. Later in the day we went to a Kiwi birthing site, the national bird of New Zealand, and ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 12th 2017

Today we traveled from Auckland by bus on our way to Rotorua, NZ (Rotorua meaning lake number two in the Maori language). Along the way the the landscape looked similar to the US with cattle and farming land along the highway. There were also many sheep; the tour guide told us there are 6 sheep per person in NZ. I am happy to leave the city as most have told me the beauty of NZ is in the land. An interesting coincidence is Aukland, NZ is on the 36th parallel south while Nashville, TN is on the 36th parallel north. it is summertime here in NZ, but the weather is much cooler than a Nashville summer, being a high yesterday of 72, in the middle of summer. We stopped at the 54 acre Hamilton Gardens, which ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 11th 2017

Geo: -38.1398, 176.247We walked to the hot spring pools in the morning. Then, we headed to the Kaituna River to take in some grade 4-5 whitewater rafting. It was incredible, and different than any other whitewater rafting that we had done. The water was a comfortable 70 degrees, and the river snaked through a dense forest canopy. We dropped over a 9' waterfall, followed by a 12' waterfall. Surprisingly, everyone stayed in our boat. Some of the others weren't as lucky. But, everyone made it though unscathed.After rafting, Sheila and I hiked through Whakarewarewa Forest (aka. Redwoods). It was a fantastic hike through the redwoods, up to a couple overlooks, and down through a dense rainforest....all in 2 hours.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 10th 2017

Geo: -38.1398, 176.247This morning, we caught the ferry back to Auckland from Waiheke Island. Then, jumped on a motor coach for a 5 hour drive to Rotorua. (Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, with a population of 660,000. The total population of New Zealand is only 4.5 million, and it is 2.4 times the size of Virginia.)Once we were out of the city and driving through the center of the north island, the landscape reminded me of southwestern Virginia; a lot of farmland and cattle, with mountains resembling the Blue Ridge in the distance. As we got closer to Rotorua, we drove through more dense forests, with large ferns and palms.Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland in the central North Island that is also home to rich Maori culture and heritage. We checked into our ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua December 31st 2016

Ça nous a pris 1 petite journée pour trouver notre futur chez nous: cats' pyjama, une auberge qui ne limite pas ses douches à 4min, qui met à disposition de la peinture pour réaliser des fresques et par-dessus tout se situe à 50m de la plage et 3km du travail. On décide alors de réserver la péninsule de Coromandel pour nos 3 mois là-bas et de passer nos fêtes de fin d'année un peu plus loin. On retrouve notre fief Mount Mauao pour Noël, c'est un peu comme rentrer à la maison depuis le temps qu'on y passe. On s'accorde notre premier resto: Astrolabe qui se révèle être un bar musical pour les trentenaires branchés du coin après une certaine heure. le saumon fumé, le foie gras et le champagne très peu pour nous merci; du ... read more
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