Hello all and welcome to the last NZ blog of this trip.. It will sadly be slightly curtailed for 2 reasons: 1. I am still drained after last night's monster, and 2. we didn't do that much today!
As usual, it all started with the dodgy shower and campervan cleaning and re-filling regime. This was where we left the monotony today though!
First (and actually only) stop was at the Waiotapu thermal reserve just outside Rotorua which is famous for its champagne pool - so called because it bubbles away all the time. With our skin still smelling of egg from the mud baths yesterday, we were delighted when we opened the door of the camper to be hit with.. you guessed it.. a stench of egg! Only difference was that here it really caught you in the throat!
We spent a while walking through the reserve as the rain had once again stopped, and the sights were remarkable! The champagne pool was every bit as spectacular as it looks in the photos and the rest was hard to believe. From whole rivers and waterfalls turned to volcanic mud to geyers bringing up practically boiling water from the earths core. Brilliant!
Following this walk, onwards to Auckland where were settled into our site and fell asleep as this has been rediculously hard going! Apologies for the lack of activity today, but as tomorrow will be the longest day in history for us, we should hopefully make up for it then! (we take off at 5.35pm on an 11 hour flight and land 5 hours before we take off! WORK THAT ONE OUT!!)
Hopefully the pictures will speak louder than words anyway! Blog soon,
L & A