Took the drive down from Cooks Beach to Rotorua yesterday and it was - needless to say - Spectacular. The views everywhere you look are just beautiful. Lots of green rolling hills all the way out to the ocean with many different colored waters. We swam yesterday before leaving Cooks Beach and the water was a bit on the cold side but you got used to it pretty quickly. On the drive down, we saw alot of logging where they are cutting the trees and replanting. I'll post a couple of pics. Lots of really cute small towns along the way with cafes, bakeries, and all with very nice done up public bathrooms. Something about the Kiwi's and their public bathrooms - gotta love it!....