Vulcanolgy was the theme of the day once again as we headed into the most active volcanic area in New Zealand. Upon leaving Taupo we stopped at the Craters of the moon, a geothermal walk that we alomst made the whole hour without getting rained upon.
This walk allowed us to arrive into Rotourua for lunch time. The city had a Skyline gondola and buffet lunch, very similar to Queenstown. We over indulged on lunch with an amazing view of the town. We could not have timed our arrival any better as three coachloads of Chinese, Japansese, & Koreans arrived just as we were finishing lunch. We walked around the skyline area after lunch and took in a 4D ride that was quite fun. Probably should have done that before eating mind!
After the Skyline I decided we should head to Tei Puia. This Moari heritage site was full of geysers mudpools and sulphurs rocks. In fact on that point the whole town smells of sulphur, locals get used to this after time, but as I write this on the hotel computer it is almost overpowering.
Just as we got back in the car it started to rain, so we checked into the hotel and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. We braved the rain to grab dinner in a cafe.
Check out was not until 11:00 am meaning we could enjoy a good lie in, with the lovely room at the Ibis.