From Hot Water Beach we head South for some more soaking in hot water. Rotorua is a bit of a geothermal hotspot and there are natural hot pools everywhere, including one at our campsite, so we jumped straight in.
There are literally steaming ponds and bubbling mud pools just dotted around the town, but the most impressive is the Pohutu Geyser, which obligingly did its thing just as we were watching from Te Whakarewarewa, a Maori village cum tourist attraction where they show you their traditional lifestyle among the thermal pools. I suppose that after a while they got used to the smell.
Later we took a cable car, which gave us great views over Lake Rotorua on a beautiful day. Then we got to luge back down the hill in little buggies. This was kids’ stuff really, not very entertaining for us sophisticated grown-ups. But as you can see, I made a good show of pretending to enjoy myself.
More photos on Mr Beet’s flickr page.