Emma- The Globetrotting Girlie- Australia
Rotorua is full of geo thermal activity and is famous for its geysers (see pic), boiling mud pools and volcanoes. We went to Hells Gate, a place where you can see these geysers in action. There are also mud baths. For a small fee we walked around the natural bubbling mud pools and geysers. They spit out jets of steam and boling water from below the ground to heights of several meters! After this and several photographs later, part of the package was to make use of the facilities, and so we did! The mud bath was first! This was a natural hot spa bath with mud lining the bottom. One scrapes the mud off the bottom of the floor and spreads it all over ones body to fully exfoliate. When you have been in the mud for 20 minutes you then wash it off in a freezing cold shower! You then hop into another natural hot spa pool and you can stay there for as long as you so require. The hot water opens your pores and the mud has a deep cleansing effect which washes out all your impurities! You then hop into the pool next door which is considerably hotter at a natural temperature at 40 degrees c! We spent two nights in a wonderful homestay by a lake, which was very beautiful. Families often let out their home or additional annex to people who have come to see the area! There are many homestays in New Zealand and are very popular with tourists. One day we got our own tour of the area which was very interesting. After we had got considerably fed up with the sulphurous smell waking us up, we decided to move on from Rotorua to a lovely city called Napier.