Rotorua...When You're Hot, You're Hot

The best part about this trip is the people we’ve met along the way. And, Darryn from The Regent was definitely one of the best.  When we got to The Regent, Darryn asked what we had planned during our visit to this town that is best known for being built (literally) in the crater of a dormant volcano. (Seriously, is this a good idea?)

Anyway, he began to revise, and add to, our itinerary and we were so grateful.  We did more than we ever would have while we were in this geothermal mecca and our 36 hours in Rotorua will, no doubt, be some of our most fun memories.  Thank you, Darryn!

 

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 We started at the Rotorua
Museum where we learned about the Maori people, the volatile volcanic landscape
and the history of Rotorua’s iconic Bath House. 
In the 1800’s, Rotorua was known as the “Great South Seas Spa.”  People from all over the world would travel
here to experience the healing powers of these mineral waters.  

   

We started at the Rotorua Museum where we learned about the Maori people, the volatile volcanic landscape and the history of Rotorua’s iconic Bath House.  In the 1800’s, Rotorua was known as the “Great South Seas Spa.”  People from all over the world would travel here to experience the healing powers of these mineral waters.

 

Te Po 1.JPG
Te Po 2.JPG
   It was a great way to prep
for our nighttime activity at Te Po, which is billed as an “indigenous evening
experience.” A feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori kai
(indigenous food).  We saw the carving
school where this prestigious Maiori art is passed on to young Maori trainees,
took a tour of a traditional Maori village and watched a Maori ceremony. It was
also our first look at the incredible geothermal activity in the area. 






  
  
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 This is the World Famous
Pohutu Geyser and the Ngamokaiakoko Mud Pool. 
You’ll see small wood fences surrounding these areas.  In the case of the Mud Pool – this is all
that separates you from steaming mud that is 210 degrees (fahrenheit) and
filled with acid gases and steam. (is this a good idea?) 



   

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More mud 1.JPG
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 The next day, we went to
Wai-O-Tapu better known as “Thermal Wonderland.”  We quickly realized that when things blow up
around here, they just put a fence around it and turn it into a tourist
attraction.  “If it blows it shows; and
if it sprays it pays.” Annie tactfully (not so much) asked our guide why anyone
would live here if you know that the place is going to eventually explode.  The answer, “It’s really beautiful.”  And, we agree, it is.   

   

The next day, we went to Wai-O-Tapu better known as “Thermal Wonderland.”  We quickly realized that when things blow up around here, they just put a fence around it and turn it into a tourist attraction.  “If it blows it shows; and if it sprays it pays.” Annie tactfully (not so much) asked our guide why anyone would live here if you know that the place is going to eventually explode.  The answer, “It’s really beautiful.”  And, we agree, it is. 

 

This would never, ever fly
in the U.S. – we are walking across a boardwalk surrounded by acid-filled,
boiling water.  (again, is this a good
idea?) 






  
  
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This would never, ever fly in the U.S. – we are walking across a boardwalk surrounded by acid-filled, boiling water.  (again, is this a good idea?)

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 Not that they don’t warn
you.  This just tells you not to go off
the path.  Because if you do, you will
die.  Easy to understand.  On the upside, at least it would be quick. 

   

Not that they don’t warn you.  This just tells you not to go off the path.  Because if you do, you will die.  Easy to understand.  On the upside, at least it would be quick.

 

     






  
  
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   Since we didn’t get blown up
or boiled to death in the morning, we decided to push our luck a little further
and do a rain forest canopy tour via zip line. 
It was also super scary, but we both survived and Annie’s back is doing
great! (We figured this would be a really good test). 






  
  
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Since we didn’t get blown up or boiled to death in the morning, we decided to push our luck a little further and do a rain forest canopy tour via zip line.  It was also super scary, but we both survived and Annie’s back is doing great! (We figured this would be a really good test).

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 To round out our Rotoruan
adventure day – we went to the source — the geothermal mud and sulphur
baths.  This one was called “Hell’s Gate”
and markets itself as having “The BEAST of all geothermal parks.”  Again, things blew up and they made the most
of it.  (Annie wanted to know how they
got insurance.) 



 We’re off tomorrow to
Auckland where we’ll spend one final night in New Zealand.  A country that we cannot wait to come back to
and spend a lot more time exploring. 
We’ll post again in a few days from Thailand where we’ll be meeting up
with the lovely and talented, Jackie Eagan! 

   

To round out our Rotoruan adventure day – we went to the source — the geothermal mud and sulphur baths.  This one was called “Hell’s Gate” and markets itself as having “The BEAST of all geothermal parks.”  Again, things blew up and they made the most of it.  (Annie wanted to know how they got insurance.)

We’re off tomorrow to Auckland where we’ll spend one final night in New Zealand.  A country that we cannot wait to come back to and spend a lot more time exploring.  We’ll post again in a few days from Thailand where we’ll be meeting up with the lovely and talented, Jackie Eagan!