We left Taupo after breakfast and sadly with lots of tears from Myles who didn?t want us to go. After promising that he would see us again in the future, he calmed down and waved us off with the rest of the family. The journey to Rotorua was a foggy one, but cleared up after an hour or so. We decided to go to Te Puia, the Maori village and thermal resort. The $35 entrance fee was well worth it, we had a great time. We learned all about the Maori origin in New Zealand through some hi-tech exhibits. We finally saw some kiwi birds- they are so cute, and got to watch a traditional Maori welcome ceremony. It was really good. I think we both agree that the best part of the visit were the geysers. The Prince of Wales feathers was quite cool, but the Pohutu geyser was definitely the star of the show. When it erupted, the water reached a height of around 30metres and it lasted at least 10 minutes. It was pretty spectacular. After lunch, we headed back to Auckland, through Cambridge (which had an old English town feel to it) and Hamilton. We settled ourselves back into Margaret?s and reflected on the great week we had just had exploring the north island in our little, blue campervan.