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Hemo Gorge

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  • Day13

    Rotorua

    May 13, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    This is a trip of many goals. Many milestones. The first, I saw a whale. Today, I saw the world's largest boiling lake. Not insignificant, I went to Hobbiton yesterday.

    It's mother's day in New Zealand, as it is in America also. We tentatively located a church in town. It had no website, and seemed a bit doubtful, but it was the best plan we had going so we set out for the 10:30a service. A very tiny and diverse group of believers met there. Five, to be exact, so we made seven. Two south Indian teachers, a New Zealand truck driver and his wife who had been battling cancer for 20 years, and I believe a Maori gentleman. I'm glad we went, and I believe we were an encouragment to them. I plan to give them a rating on google at least, so others can find them and know what to expect.

    It was pouring rain in the morning, which made transporting our breakfast supplies to the community kitchen a bit uncomfortable. I honestly looked all over trying to get a handle on what to expect of weather in May, and had a hard time. Some aspects of NZ are widely popularized, and others not a bit. As it turns out, what I never learned, but what everyone knows, is that winter is the rainy season here. We just hadn't experienced it yet, as May is a fall transition.

    Thankfully, the sun started peaking out after the morning's service, and so we set out for one of the primary reasons we chose the North Island - Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and Frying Pan Lake, the world's largest boiling lake. I've been wanting to see it ever since I went to the world's SECOND largest boiling lake, in Dominica. That still stands as the toughest hike I've ever done in my life. And today was actually a leisurely downhill stroll. Ahhhh.

    But the lake, and the park, did not disappoint. It was a tourist site long before the lake existed. In the late 1800s, it was the site of a geyser that is still the largest ever recorded, that massively exploded every 36 hours. The pictures are just really unbelievable. In 1917, mt Tarawera, a still active volcano, erupted, and completely changed the landscape, blowing out what was once Frying Pan Flats, and making the lake. The rest of the geothermal sites, the pink and white terraces, were also covered in water, in what is now Lake Rotomahana.

    Everything everywhere is venting, smoking, bubbling and spurting. And the water is very acidic, with pH's at 2-3. Nate and I agreed it reminded us of a young, tropical Yellowstone. It is, in fact, considered the newest geothermal site in the world, and it was remained unaltered, and highly studied since the big 1917 eruption.

    An unexpected bit of wildlife: the place is thick with black swans! I counted at least 21 of them swimming and dunking all over the steaming Lake Rotomahana.
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  • Day12

    A day of two springs

    May 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    A motivating factor for me in our hike on Mt Te Aroha yesterday was the thought of their famous mineral springs. Their famed waters are crystal clear, and bicarbonate. There's no sulfur smell or discoloration, which they vaunt over Rotorua hot baths. The soda water is supposed to be especially good for sore muscles, and my feet, ankles, calves, knees, hips and quads were all sore.

    Sadly, when we finally reached the base of the mountain, the baths were all booked. So we made a reservation this morning just before heading out.

    They were as lovely as advertised. Crystal clear, the perfect temperature, each tub is a private room. And it felt great on my aching muscles.

    Then it was a quick drive down to Hobbiton. Of course I had to see the Shire. It was a rainy misty day all over this region. At some points the fog was incredibly thick, and once on the tour, we took umbrellas. It would take more than rain to affect the charmingness of tiny hobbit holes though. There was quite a bit of interesting trivia over several items about the set, but tonight is too late for me to write in detail.

    Because after Hobbiton we got on the road again and headed for Rotorua. We've landed in Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park, which had its own springs free for the soaking. They are quite terrific, and not nearly as stinky as the "Naffa" springs we hit first. We're both pretty sure that doing our laundry with the Naffa swimsuits in it, has given a faint stink to all of our clothes.

    Certainly the whole town here has a sulfury smell though. And driving in, it was hard to tell what was fog coming down, and what was steam coming up all around. We have three geological parks we plan to visit in the next two days, full of geysers, mud volcanoes, hot springs, and the world's largest boiling lake.

    Time for me to get my 9 hours.
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  • Day2

    Naar Rotorua en Karin

    February 11 in New Zealand

    Vroeg wakker vandaag uurtje of 4. Kamergenoot begint om half vijf met zijn vertrek. Eerst douchen. Dan zijn spullen pakken. Helaas doet hij daar een keer of 10 over. Grrr ik probeer te slapen. Net als ik er genoeg van heb komt hij niet weer. Om 6 uur geef ik het goede voorbeeld. Alles in een keer op de gang. Goedzo Rino. Om kwart over 7 de sleutel ingeleverd en op weg naar het busstation. Ik ben lekker vroeg. Bij de balie wil ik een ticket naar Rotorua kopen met de fiets. Sorry sir beter eerst aan de chauffeur vragen of het kan. Maak ik intussen een ticket voor klaar. De bus is er nog niet. Een medewerker van het busstation raadt mij aan de fiets alvast te demonteren. Dus voorwiel er uit en het stuur omgedraaid. Als de bus aankomt vraag ik de chauffeur of de fiets mee kan naar Rotorua. Shure. Snel het ticket opgehaald. De fiets en de tassen in het ruim en karren maar.
    Na vier uur een kwartier bereiken we Rotorua. Karin staat al bij het busstation op mij te wachten, het is heel fijn haar weer te zien. En dat is wederzijds.
    Snel de fiets weer in elkaar gezet. En we gaan lekker ff wat eten.
    Als we op de camping zijn de tent opgezet met de vakkundige hulp van Karin. Je kan merken dat ze veel ervaring heeft met het opzetten van een tent.
    De camping heeft een zwembad en daar gaan we lekker afkoelen., Is ook wel lekker voor mijn verbrande voeten en handen. De hot pool is voor mij een brug te ver met die verbrande jatjes.
    Karin heeft lekkere makaroni voor ons gekookt fijn glas wijn erbij. En dan is het ook alweer donker.
    Enerverende dag.
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