December 07, 2003

Rotorua


The town of Rotorua does not smell lavender, thym but sulphur. If you don't remember the smell (were you sleeping at school during physics ?), it is basically rotten egg. Why ? Because of geothermal effects. Threads of steam issue from parks, streets or pathways, you will find geysers of steaming water and pools of bubbling mud. Basically the whole town is a giant spa and in case you don't get enough there is a spa in virtually every hotel or motel, if not in the room itself.

I took again a relocation deal from Avis (as again a Mitsubishi Lancer), meaning I must be in Auckland by December 9. Fair enough. The road on the North Island seems much better than in the South, so the driving was virtually effortless from Wellington to Rotorua (~480km).

I did not find many stunning opportunities to stop and take a few pictures. The snowy mountain before Taupo would have been nice but unfortunately giant electric lines and poles were a bit annoying. I could not adventure in the bush as they signal all the area as a big military training field and advise you to stay on the road.

Taupo Huka Falls near Taupo Kayaking in Huka Falls near Taupo Kayaking in Huka Falls near Taupo Kayaking in Huka Falls near Taupo Kayaking in Huka Falls near Taupo Steam fumes near Taupo. It's actually on the other side of a geothermal station Mud pools in Wai-o-Topu Mud pools in Wai-o-Topu Mud pools in Wai-o-Topu

 
Posted by stephane at December 7, 2003 09:20 AM
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