Rotorua – Sun and Steam

by David on December 10, 2009

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After a few soggy days in Tauranga, I moved down to the geothermal hotspot of Rotorua. It’s a rather touristy place, but for a reason. Because the Pacific “Ring of Fire” runs right through Rotorua, the city is home to all kinds of tectonic mayhem. Throughout, the area is dotted with geysers, steamy pits of spring water and boiling mud. There are volcanoes too, but the last catastrophic eruption was over a hundred years ago.

I stayed in the stylish but humble Crash Palace hostel.

Free BBQ and Wii Olympics weekly

Free BBQ and Wii Olympics weekly

Rotorua is a clean, lovely little town. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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The whole town smells like a burnt match

The whole town smells like a burnt match

Government Gardens. A lawn-bowler's paradise.

Government Gardens. A lawn-bowler's paradise.

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The walk through Government Gardens

The walk through Government Gardens

The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

Black swans. What kind of luck are they again?

Black swans. Like all creatures, they like ice cream cones.

New Zealand has these kind of gargantuan, venerable trees everywhere.

New Zealand has these kind of gargantuan, venerable trees everywhere.

Me in Government Gardens

Me in Government Gardens

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I asked this man for directions and he just made faces at me.

I asked this man for directions and he just made faces at me.

Anyway, I’m currently on my last day in Taupo, I’ll post my experiences there in the next day or two.

{ 7 comments }

Eric December 11, 2009 at 9:52 am

Great pictures, that place looks amazing. Those trees look very cool, reminds me of the tree of life from the Lion King.

Erin December 11, 2009 at 11:25 am

Such a wondrous planet we live on. Thanks for sharing more photos of the great adventure.

Brenda December 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm

The skies here look much clearer than those in your last post. Love that great sprawling oak, and the mist between the trees.

David December 11, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Yes, the weather turned for the better in Rotorua. In Taupo it got even better, you’ll see in upcoming posts.

Char (PSI Tutor:Mentor) December 12, 2009 at 3:49 am

The sky is gorgeous over that way. Love the stream and fountain with the treeferns and lamandra. did the rain follow…?

does NZ not have sun safety campaigns…? ~:-)

Lisis December 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Breath-taking! (And not like the baby, on Seinfeld.)

I noticed a bit of a difference between the clean-cut, professional “good boy” look of your gravatar, and the scruffiness you have become. I’m not saying one is better than the other, just that you are clearly on SOME KIND of journey! Kicking back, loving life (you’re practically a Costa Rican now!)

😉

David December 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I like to be a bit scruffy. You’d notice the scruffiness in my gravatar if it were big enough. Take a look at that pic on my facebook profile pictures, you’ll see what I mean. I shave about once a week.

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