Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Sea Princess Cruise to New Zealand - day 10

Tauranga
Today we all decided to head to Rotarua to visit the Thermal Pools, so we all piled into a hire car and drove straight there..
Lovely country side - lots of very tall tree lines planted as wind breaks for the kiwi plants...
Our one and only group photo... at the entrance to Hell's Gate...
 While waiting at Hell's Gate for our tour guide, it started to drizzle, and being the wusses that we are, we decided we needed plastic ponchos...lol or large garbage bags...lol  This started a whole pile of jokes...Wayne and I were in yellow ponchos so we were B1 and B2...  Glamorous bunch arn't we?
The walk took one and a half hours and our guide was very informative.. but the smell was terrible.. Sulphur does not smell nice no matter what you do...
These two carvings were at the start of the tour.. one is a man and one a woman... We think he was saying "come on" and she was saying "no way"...lol
 
 The pools were amazing - stinky but amazing..  they range is temperatures and colours too..
 Catching the bubbling was a bit tricky but I tried my best....
 Even the path we were walking on had tiny little vents of steam coming out here and there...
As we climbed the hill the scenery changed to this.. very rain foresty and beautiful and the smell disappeared - mother natures answer to pollution...
 Further up we came across a beautiful waterfall - we didn't get to touch the water but apparently it is heated and in ancient times it was used to heal the wounded, especially after battle..
Coming down now - and back to more thermal pools...
 A mud volcano had begun forming about a month prior, and they are not sure whether it will be large or small - but for now it was about a metre high...
Our guide was telling us how you can cook food - corn, eggs, mussels -  in baskets in the hot pools and they don't taste of sulphur.   So glad we came here but boy, next time I want to wear a mask...
Lunch was found in Rotarua and a little shopping too..   I found a Patchwork shop so Norreen and I paid them a little visit..
 Not a lot of shopping was done here - but I did manage to buy a couple of fat quarters...
We headed back to Tauranga to have a look around before returning the hire car.. Here we have an ancient canoe that they used for travelling across oceans to get to other islands - boy they were keen - and no one to leave chocolates on your pillows at night either..

Back on board and tonight's movie - Goodbye Christopher Robin - eggcellent - another one I haven't seen...pass the pop corn..
good night all..

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