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Apr 25, 2015 - Rotorua/Lake Taupo/Rotorua

Friday 25 April 2015 Left Rotorua by 9am to be at Wai-0-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in time to see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt at 10.15am. She performed well for us, and after a short coffee break after that, we enjoyed the 3km walk around the Thermal area with mud pools, volcanic craters, many pools of different colours, steam vents, mineral terraces and much more. We managed the stair climbing well, with each area proving it was worth the effort. After a picnic lunch near the car park, we set off for Lake Taupo and surrounds. Thoroughly...

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Mar 12, 2015 - Rotorua - Trip Reflections Thus Far

Hello to you FOBTs (Followers of Bill's Trip). If I used a similar, but different, version in a previous posting, I don't apologize, after all I usually make that kind of stuff on "the fly" as it were. This posting is generated more from an email a good friend of mine, Jeanne, sent me than an intuitive inspiration of my own, which might have come later (who knows). Questions posed by Jeanne pertained to my personal observations and feelings. As per my initial and usual analytical bent, I have not included too much of that. So, here goes. At...

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Mar 11, 2015 - Rotorua - Day 2

Rotorua - Day 2 Today was all about sunshine, walking, volcanism, and Hobbits. I journeyed to Wai-O-Tapu to see various examples of volcanic activity and nearby to see the eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser. At Wai-O-Tapu, some of the different colors you'll see in the attached pictures show iron oxide (reddish-brown), green (sulphur & ferrous salts), and white (silica) among other colors and types of mineral elements. The day concluded with a tour of the The Shire from both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. The set was built on a...

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Mar 10, 2015 - Rotorua - Day 1

Rotorua - Day 1 Not too much for today because more than 1/2 the day was by bus travel and in a cave (literally!). The bus trip went from Auckland to the Waitomto Caves to see the so-called Glow Worms. The fact that these creatures are, by the admission of the guides, a spider-like creature that is bioluminescent and drops web-like extensions to catch food has not caused a name change. They live for about 9 months in limestone caverns formed 25 million years ago. Due to the almost total absence of light, they make their own. Going through...

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Feb 12, 2015 - Geothermal Rotorua

New Zealand has a lot of geothermal activity, much of it centered in Rotorua. We spent some time in the area exploring the thermal excitement as well as learning more about traditional Maori culture. With so many options, we decided on smaller, more traditional activities. In particular, the thermal village of Whakarewarewa ("Whaka") was a true highlight. Maori people continue to live on site to this day, bathing in the hot springs, and cooking meals in pools and ovens heated geothermally. We enjoyed our feast of pig, chicken, and pie,...

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May 11, 2014 - Roaming New Zealand

Distance: 140 km Total 5266 Campground: Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park A beautiful sunrise greeted us for Mother's Day, on our third RV day in New Zealand. Under clear blue skies we headed toward Mount Maunganui for our morning walk. The scenic walk around the mountain was a great start for the day. Our after hike refreshment was coffee at a local coffee house and on the way back to the carpark we discovered an ice cream shop for a an ice cream treat almost as good as Blue Bell. The journey for today took us to Rotorua, site of numerous...

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Mar 26, 2014 - Rotorua

This morning we spent at Wai-o-tapu, a “Thermal Wonderland.” We spent almost 3 hours walking along 3 km of paths around fumaroles, collapse craters, geysers, mud pools, bubbling ponds in all sorts of colors. Sometimes the water was colored, and sometimes the colors came from mineral deposits, and sometimes it was just sort of a gray or gray-green. In some places the ground steamed from hundreds of small vents, in others, a great crater spewed steam, which sometimes hid the mud bubbling at the bottom. Most of it was hot, but not necessarily...

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Mar 25, 2014 - Rotorua

We had a lovely soak in the hot pools last night. Our internet connection was not so lovely. Trip Journal just stopped loading photos. And our connection had expired by this morning. So we packed up and left the campground. Our first stop was Huka Falls. It is really not so much a falls as a gorge with a lot of water moving through a narrow channel, then dropping about 10 meters. But it is a lot of water, and it is a very pretty aqua color. Our next stop was the Honey Hive. They had some active hives you could watch the bees, and a lot...

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Mar 23, 2014 - DAY 28: Taupo to Rotorua

Another really full day! Before leaving Taupo we decided to take a 2-hour cruise to see the famous (modern) Maori stone carvings - still quite amazing, even though they are only about 40 years old. The cruise itself was lovely, aboard the 'Ernest Kemp' - a modern diesel-powered replica of a steam-powered original. It was lunchtime by the time we got back, so time to head towards Rotorua. We stopped-off on the way to take in a bit more geo-thermal activity at Wai-o-Tapu. A few hundred yards further down the road after the very commercial...

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Mar 6, 2014 - Whakarewarewa Forest.

The Redwoods & Whakarewarewa Forest is one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets and one of the city’s greatest treasures covering 5600 hectares. The Whakarewarewa Forest is one of the oldest exotic forests in New Zealand. Although it is primarily a commercial forest, it still has a diverse range of exotic tree species and mix of native plants and shrubs. Of 170 different tree species planted in the Whakarewarewa Forest as part of the trial in the early 1900s, only a handful remain today. From these original trials Radiata Pine...

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Mar 5, 2014 - Feel the Spirit...Rotorua

Rotorua has 16 lakes surrounding it. The city is tucked in on the banks of Lake Roturua. The lakes were all formed by cataclysmic volcanic activity in times past - many are steeped in Māori legend and history. Rotorua has a population of approximately 68,000 people and around 35% of them are Māori. The city has picturesque cobbled streets, beautifully laid-out gardens and striking Tudor architecture that celebrates the city's colonial past. Hard to miss, Rotorua’s geo-thermal activity surrounds the city with a distinct sulphuric smell. New...

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Mar 4, 2014 - Wai-O-Tapu

Wai-O-Tapu (sacred water), the largest area of surface thermal activity in New Zealand. A fantastic experience that photographs can't do justice but serve as a memory . The area has been associated with volcanic activity for 160,000 years, boiling springs and volcanic gases introduce numerous minerals into the water. There is a system of streams underground heated by the magma left over from earlier eruptions, temperatures of 300oC have been recorded.

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