25 February 2015

Rotorua part 3

Rotorua is a place of beauty and wonder, with dramatic geothermal activity at which to marvel.

We did the luge again and this time I actually really enjoyed the ski-lift back to the top. Last time I was completely freaking out the whole way. It's a wonder what a lack of PTSD and adrenal fatigue will do for you! Here is the view from the top:

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We also enjoyed a little walk through a forest, complete with tall redwood trees, to the Hamurana Springs.

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The water in the stream is so crystal clear, it's astonishing! And where it flows over white sand you can see that the water is a beautiful turquoise blue from the minerals in it.

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The actual springs themselves are very hard to photograph in a way that portrays them well, but you can see them on YouTube. Just search for Hamurana Spring and Dancing Sands spring - the latter is worth a peek at a video. The sand hops and jumps as the water streams up through them, hence the name.

We also stopped at Sulphur Bay, where there are steaming pools of bubbling mud and water and the water in the bay is milky from the sulphur.

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We also enjoyed some paintball target shooting, a wander through the Government Gardens, and a delicious meal out at the Pig and Whistle. All in all, a fantastic weekend and a holiday destination I'd highly recommend!

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