Our gathered mussels:
26/1/11: At the thermal Wai-O-Tapu springs we saw the Lady Knox geyser, boiling mud pools and hot springs with names like the Artist's Palette and Champagne Pool. The pools were various colours, including green, due to minerals in the water. Lunch was at Lake Tapau, overlooking the pristine, blue waters. We were entertained by the Te-Puia Maori cultural experience, which included Maori dancing, a demonstrataion of fighting skills and a hangi (dinner) of Maori kai (food).
Wai-O-Tapu thermal mud and springs:
Vegetation coloured by the sulphur:
Te-Puia cultural experience:
The black swans:
29/1/11: I relished an extremely relaxing hot spring bath in a 1920's style building that was once a Spanish mission and nearby was the Rotorua museum. We stopped off at the Redwood Forest. The village of Te Wairoa, burried from an erruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, was next on our agenda. Dinner was at Macs Steaks, which we all agreed was delicious.
After my hot spring bath:
The Redwood Forest:
The Waitoharuru Valley:
30/1/11: The trip ended with a visit to Auckland's Skytower where we observed Auckland from 220 metres above the city.