Its been a very packed five days!
Sarting with a stay in Whitainga on the Coromandel Peninsula. On Wednesday we went for a walk to Catherdral Cove, a very pretty beach in a lovely setting. In the evening we went to Hot Water Beach where two hours either side of low tide and in certain parts of the beach you can dig a hole and hot water comes up to fill it so you have your own natural hot pool. It was very nice but unfortunately hundreds of other people were doing the same thing!
Arriving in Rotorua quite late there was a smell of rotten eggs in the air, which we'd read was due to the sulphur from all the volcanic and thermal activity going on in the area.
On Thursday we went to Rainbow Springs a reserve with native plants and animals, including a Kiwi bird. In the evening we went to a Maori concert which was very touristy but well done and really entertaining (we learnt a little bit too!)
From Rotorua it was onto Taupo. Stopping off at Wai-O-Tapo thermal wonderland, this is a collection of bubbling mud pools, boiling colorful hot water pools and geysers. You certainly wouldn't see anything like it back home! It has too be seen to be fully apprecited and understood.
In Taupo we watched Jordan skydive, couldn't pluck up the courage to have a go, maybe another time! We saw the lake which is apparently the size of Singapore! and went to Huka falls.
From Taupo we drove through 'Lord of the rings' country to wellington. The scenerey was very impressive and it made the long drvie a lot more bearable.
And now we're in wellington. Last night we saw the carnival, we had a great spot and then some official told us the route had changed at the last minute and we had to move ending up straining to see but it was still good. Today we went to the Te Papa musuem and we could have spent all day there, it was huge! and for a musuem really cool and it was free so you can't go wrong!
This evening we're going for a walk in the botanic gardens and we're off on the ridiculously expensive ferry tomorrow to Picton and the South Island!