Saturday, February 25, 2017 heavy

We were up bright and early this morning to go on a small group tour to some places around Rotorua. Turned out we were the only people,  so was a private tour!!
We started at Ohinemutu at the Maori village there...I don't knkw hoe people live here as there is steam coming up everywhere, there would be no problem heating your house in winter!!
Here we are outside the meeting house

Imagine this in your yard, you could boil an egg in 2 mins or cook corn on the cob.

Looking over the lake to Mokoia Island
Frkm there we went out towards Wai-O-Tapu and stopped to see the boiling mud on the way
I didn't think the smell was strong or bad but a young American girl was retching as she was going down the path, she was not a happy camper!!

Mud in action.
From there we went to see Lady Knox geyser along with hundreds of other tourists, something is put down the geyser to encourage it to erupt on time, 10.30 thanks, it does it other times by itself  but is not conducive to tourism!!
When we arrived

Cameras at the ready

Here we go! It shot water up to about 5 meters but was hard to photo with the tablet.
From there we went into Wai-O-Tapu and did a 1.5km walk around to look at the craters and boiling things

One of the ink pot craters

The Champange pool , the overflow brings lots of minerals with it causing all the different colours.

Another crater, could be Inferno Crater.
Lots of sulphur around this one.
We came back to the motel for lunch, then headed out to have a look at the Lake
One tiny corner of Lake Rotorua. As we were driving around we heard bagpipes so found a park and had a watch and listen
We missed the competition that was on but got to see the massed bands which was awesome. 
My favourite building in Rotorua which now houses the museum, originally it was the bath house building where people used to come and "take" the waters here...great mineral water to cure all ills!!!
 Are you still awake???
I will finish up for now. 
Kia Ora.


Leeanne said...

Cool photo's of your time in 'Rotovagas'! I love the Government Gardens building too. We had a dear family friend that used to live in the old Gardeners cottage for near 30 years, I stayed many times with her, miss her!

I am said...

Hi Sue lovely pics and looks like a lot of fun ,learning things about NZ,you will sleep well tonight,lol.

Elyte said...

Such interesting travels, so much to see and do. I am enjoying all your photos.

Jo said...

Fantastic photos. You are enjoying your time together

Pamela said...

Wow! What a great trip! I love seeing your photos. Thanks!

Jacquie Morris said...

Wow!!! What a great place to visit.. Totally fascinating. Thank you for sharing and I love all the photos 😊 And yes! The building is rather special!!
Smiles :)

Michelle Ridgway said...

Fabulous photos Sue! Gorgeous building at the end and how cool to stumble upon the bagpipes! Boy it must be something to see the geysers and boiling mud pools.

Ondrea said...

Yes, I am definately still awake lol. Love all you pics and have to go back to your previous one. Been a bit know why. Gee that geiser would gave been great to see although I do wonder if they are creating a problem artificially inducing it. Hearing bagpipes would have been them. The old bath house is rather a large one. Beautiful building. Ahhhhhh......just sighing and dreaming of getting there oneday.

Raewyn said...

Nice little tour Sue. Rotorua is always an interesting place to visit...Daryl's favourite place in Rotorua is the Bath House so we always go there when we visit the area! Have a fun day today.

Julie said...

You sure are covering lots in your travels Sue ... you took in some great scenery today. Lots of walking for you both too. Loved all your pics, especially the old bathhouse.

Fiona said...

you are seeing beautiful places...

Helen said...

Amazing place and photos :)

Diane-crewe said...

it looks so wonderful .. glad you took LOTS of pictures to share xx

Chookyblue...... said...

one day I am going to get to NZ......enjoy your time.....