After the lands of Mordor we drove towards Taupo where we for the first time ever stayed 2 nights on the same campground!!! We didn’t do a lot there though. Just some groceries and recharging our aura’s after the great walk of the day before.
I had the crazy idea to drive all the way towards Napier: The Victorian Architecure Capitol of The World! (And the Chardonay area of NZ). The architecture are now all stores including plastic store signs with some roaring 20’s typeface… Good wine though. NEXT!
Rotorua is a city/village build around Volcanic landscapes and Thermal Springs. When we arrived we went to Kuirau park where we had our first encounter with smoking pools and steaming boiling hot mud. A bit smelly, but very cool to see the wild side of Mother Earth! We where so excited over this park that we wanted more! So the next day we went to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland! Which must look like atleast the 4th ring of hell.
But first we went to see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt. The pamflet informed us that the Geyser erupts every day at 10:15am… Which I found a bit odd… Does nature ever do something every day on the exacy same time? My doubts were confirmed when a spokesman on behalve of Wai-O-Tapu Did the introduction speech and told us how the Geyser got discovered by prisoners who had to build roads around the area. While washing them dirty clothes in a small lake where the Lady Knox Geyser was underneath during the 1900’s the soap started to break the tension of the water and cause the eruption.
The spokesman had a bag of soap and we experienced the soapy erruption of the geyser. Pretty cool to see it happening. Although I felt the cheated a bit…
So no we could enter the rest of the thermal wonderland. Which is truely epic. We were a bit sceptic at first about paying $30 for the park. But it was most definately worth it!!! A nice +-75 minute walk passing by 28 stunning scenes of violent mud-pools and craters filled with boiling water with names such as: The Devils Bathtub, Inferno and Champagne Pools. A must see if you get to Roterua.
After the park we drove for 200m towards the ‘Hot n’ Cold Waters’. Two rivers: one hot and one cold, crossing eachother underneath a bridge. Perfect for a nice bath. We got into the hot side first and dicided soon to go to the other side of the bridge because the water was merching there. So if you are to warm you can swim to the colder side and vice-versa ofcourse.
After soaking for a few hours we hopped back into our camper to The Bay of Plenty. We slept for a night at a very save spot in Kulim Park, Tauranga. To drive to the village of Mount Maunganui (yes, that’s te name of the village) the next morning. This was I think also the first real day of summer we had this entire trip! 27° and no clouds. So first we climbed Mount Maunganui which was more like a hill (+-300 meters) and it gave us a nice view over the village. We had lunch in our camper and switched our clothes to bathingsuits and off to the beach we where!
We ended the lovely day with a mango smoothie for the miss and a large chocolate milkshake for yours truely.
We wish everybody a merry christmas! Be sweet to eachother and don’t do things that we wouldn’t do;)
x hidde & julie
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