Rotorua is known for it’s volcanic activity. Call me a bit blasé, but I have seen much better. Having visited Iceland and Japan, New Zealand is really not that impressive. Also they try to profit from every little thing they can. It sucks the fun out of it. I found this nice place where you could swim for free in the forest. That was cool, but not warm enough. haha
Here are some pictures of The city and the surroundings of Rotorua.
Some more pictures from the trip. This time from Cape Reinga(the most northern part of New Zealand), Sand Dunes and the 90 mile beach where you are free to drive on.
Little bit more…
Kerikeri to Tutukaka
In Kerikeri you can find some landmarks of the very first europeans settling in New Zealand. You can also find a reconstitution of a traditional Maori Village.
Tutukaka to Thames
some random shots on the way to Thames… yea
Sunday Clemens, Wenx, Liz and I went for a little hike in Huia. We were suppose to have a nice little 2 or 3 hour walk, but we ended up taking the wrong path so it turned out to be much longer walk. By The way, always bring a map when you go hiking. Obvious no????
Here are so pictures of the region. Enjoy
Saturday was the big day. I had to go to my interview in Ohakune which is about a 5 hour drive south of Auckland. I was thinking about doing the round trip in a day with a rental car. Since it was a good opportunity to go and see the country side Clemens and Wenx, two very friendly Germans from the Auckland hostel, joined along with me and turned this into some sort of road trip for the weekend.
First, We went to Ohakune for my interview and it went great. (I should know by Friday if I get the job)…. Job or not we decided to drive up the mountain and go see the ”closed” ski resort. As you can see in the pictures it was already snowing. YAY! After a few pictures we drove back down to the Ohakune village to have dinner. As the sun was going to sleep we drove back up to Taupo, a lovely little city by the lac where we spent the night at the Youth Hostel.
The next morning we woke up and headed north to Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland. It’s a sort of volcanic area that reminded me Iceland a lot. They had the Geyser, Mud Bath, boiling water that smelled like rotten eggs etc etc….. It was actually quite nice, but if you ask me it was too expensive (NZD $30).
We had to continue north on our way to Auckland, but we wanted to stop by some beach on the way. Wenx kind of randomly picked Waihi Beach and it was beautiful indeed. We arrived just in time to see the sunset where we had some fun with the camera. As the day was soon finishing it was already time to go back to Auckland.
It was a fun 2 days and I certainly had some fun 🙂
Enjoy the pictures.