Advantages Somewhere very diiferent, Maori culture, boiling mud and geysers
Disadvantages the smell was a little off putting, Maori evening was awful
ROTORUA:Rotorua is on the North island of New Zealand almost in the middle about three hours drive from Auckland and six from Wellington.
We stayed at the Sudima Hotel right beside Lake Rotorua and as we got off the bus the interesting sulphur smell of Rotorua greeted us. It is quite a strong rotten egg sort of smell that gets in to everywhere. I didn’t find it too revolting but others in our group found it very over powering and complained constantly that it even pervaded the air-conditioning in the rooms.The town is quite small enough to walk around the main sights, the lovely steaming lake and the park alongside it and all the way to Ohinemutu. On our first evening we went to the Tamika Maori evening ( see separate review on this one)
We then went to see the geysers and they were everywhere. Steam was rising in areas all around the sight and the rain made it all the more atmospheric. The largish geyser erupted while we were standing there and what an amazing site it was, like a huge kettle spurting out a mass of steam. Everywhere we went we could feel how hot the rocks were when we touched them. As it was raining and quite cool it was lovely to sit on them or put your hands on the hot rocks to warm us up.
We then moved on to see the boiling mud pools which were like dirty grey boiling custard as they plopped and steamed away. They are really hot and you cannot get in for a soak which was disappointing, not that we were suitably dressed for that. When we were in the Dead Sea you could plaster yourself in Dead Sea mud before floating on the Dead Sea to wash it off. I don’t think you can do that with this mud but I’m not sure but it was certainly an amazing site watching the bubbling boiling pool– They looked a bit like boiling chocolate in Willie Wonka’s factory.
Our next stop was the kiwi house where we saw two lovely kiwis is a darkened area behind glass so they were not disturbed by us. These birds are now very rare and because they are nocturnal it is quite unusual to see them in the wild. This was as close as we were going to get.
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1741. Auckland. New Zealand. Bus. January 2009. Also includes Rotorua and Hamilton in this long running all action survey of buses on the North...
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