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  • Day72

    Rotorua

    March 12 in New Zealand

    Mitten im Geothermalgebiet südlich von Rotorua sind wir heute gestartet. Die Taupō Volcanic Zone ist hier sehr aktiv.
    Schon in den 1860er Jahren kamen hier die ersten Touristen her um die aus den Boden dampfenden Quellen zu bestaunen und hier eine Auszeit zum relaxen zu nehmen.
    Wir haben uns entschieden zuerst den Mod Pool anzusteuern und dann weiter zum Wai-o-tapu Wonderland zu fahren. Um 10:15 Uhr wird hier täglich ein Geysir zum Wasserspucken gebracht, indem Seife ähnliches Pulver hinein geschüttet wird. Das Thermalgebiet erstrecken sich auf einer Fläche von 18 Quadratkilometern und ist die größte Thermalfläche in der Vulkanumgebumg von Taupo. Das Gebiet ist übersät von Kratern, kochenden Matschlöchern, heißen und kalten Seen, die wir auf einem Rundweg erkundet haben. Dabei stieg dank des vielen Schwefels immer wieder der Duft von faulen Eiern in unsere Nasen.
    Anschließend fuhren wir weiter nach Rororua. Hier haben wir einen kleinen Spaziergang durch den Government Garden gemacht. Leider hat es dann wieder angefangen zu regnen.
    Am späten Nachmittag habe ich mich dann aufgemacht ins Polynesien Spa gemacht um ein letztes Mal die heißen Quellen zu genießen 😊 und dem schlechten Wetter zu entfliehen. Hier konnte man in diversen Becken zwischen 36 und 42 Grad entspannen und den Blick über den dampfenden See genießen. Dazu noch in beheizten liegen komplett abschalten! Einfach die perfekte Erholung 😊.
    Am Abend sind wir dann noch bei strömenden Regen 🌧 fast 2 Stunden durch die Gegend gefahren um am nächsten morgen nicht ganz so früh raus zu müssen.
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  • Day21

    Rotorua halfmarathon

    November 27, 2016 in New Zealand

    Doing a half marathon out of a camper van, kinda wack, Roedolf finishing a half marathon, totally crazy. This is a life event. I went à la naturale and experimented with beetroot as pre race food. Something that Bonnie inspired me to do. Since I was not chasing PB's today, I decided to give it a shot without trying it in training. Today is about fun and experiencing the NZ running community.

    The huge local Maori's performed the haka before the 21 & got us all pumped up. We ran through the historic town, the 100 year old redwood forest & the natural geothermal area (with a bit of a rotten eggy odour). I got a huge kick from the different terrains of the race, have to say the bit on the golf course was my least favorite, the grass really slowed me down. I felt strong on the trial in the forest. I passed the 10km mark at 54minutes. When I got tired, I just imagined how tired he was, never covering this distance before. I am amazed how our bodies obey when our minds entertain powerful and positive thoughts.

    Today was half no11 for me, every time it gets easier. The distance is not an unknown territory for my body or mind anymore, I know where to push, drop a gear or just hang onto my breathing. The sense of accomplishment battling through the last couple of miles today gave me a confidence boost to pursue bigger things.

    It was a big highlight of our trip to see Roedolf smiling ear to ear when he crossed the finish line. I was so lucky to be at the right place at the right time to capture this. I am incredibly proud of him doing this in such a good time.

    {Issy}
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  • Day26

    Lake Rotorua

    October 30, 2017 in New Zealand

    Not only is there a lake, but there is a golf course too. Didn't look to be in the best of shape. That should have given us a warning as how the disc golf course experience was going to go later in the day :-)

  • Day106

    Rotoura & Hobbiton

    February 26, 2017 in New Zealand

    An hour or so north from Taupo is the area of Rotoura, one of the most geothermal areas in the southern hemisphere.
    On our way there we stopped at the famous Wai-o-tapu, a large incredibly active geothermal reserve. You can see all the steam from several miles away. Upon entry you crossed what looked like a normal stream, until you looked closely and saw steam rising from the water. As we ventured in you were greeted with a warning sign explaining how you must stick strictly to the pathways due to all the activity in the ground. We started a walking loop and was met with huge craters, bubbling mud pools, and brightly covered mounds. All of which were very very hot (100 degree plus) and brightly coloured due to the range of minerals produced. Initially busy with tour groups coming to see a geyser go off, thankfully it quietened down so we could explore more leisurely, so we decided to do the extended track and see the whole area. This was definitely worth doing as we saw a variety of other interesting things such as a huge white terrace of silica and the Devils bath - a pool the colour of a green/yellow highlighter pen! This was aptly named as there were lots of dead birds around the edges and in the water. It turns out that they dive down to catch bugs off the water but the fumes of all the natural chemicals kills them! Pretty grim but nature is nature....
    The most impressive were the Champagne pools, named because of the bubble formation from the boiling water, it really does look like champagne bubbles popping up to the surface. It also has a very powerful red rim and is incredible steamy. Overall it is a very atmospheric place.

    Once we left here we drove on around 10 minutes and explored down an unpaved road to a known local spot called Kerosene creek. Down amongst some trees and undergrowth is a large stream with several waterfalls. It looks like any other until you dip your toes in and realise it is like a hot bath (water temp approx 40 degrees). We jumped in and it was a surreal experience, we enjoyed, but as it was a warm day it was a little too much and we didn't stay in long. Having sweat on your brow when in water is too weird! How awesome would this place be to escape to in winter though we thought!?

    On to Rotoura itself we had a cute hostel a short walk from the town centre which suited us perfectly. That evening we ended up in a curry house under a special meal deal, and surprisingly it was just as good if not better than some curries we have had at home. Quite a treat.

    The next day we went to Wahakakarewaka (The living Maori village). That is an active Maori village based on an active geothermal site. It has become quite a tourist attraction now that the entire village runs and seems to enjoy. We had a very funny and informative guide who took us round showing how they use the natural resources, such as cooking in wooden boxes over steaming craters in the ground. They cook everything from meat to fish this way and works like a slow cooker making everything tender, but is much quicker, and all natural from the earth. They also use giant deep boiling pools to which they throw in muslin bags of food on string into the water and can cook things in seconds. Their main pool they don't even know how deep it goes as you can't see the bottom, and scientists couldn't go any deeper then roughly 10 metres or so as the temperature reached 280 degree... remarkable. I was glad there was a barrier!
    After the tour we got to sample sweetcorn cooked in the pool and it was delicious! We also got to see a show, where they were in some traditional dress and performed old tribal songs and of course the Haka dance (the one with the chanting, bulging eyes and sticky out tongue). That dance is as intimating in person as you'd expect, very cool to see live. Back when it was used to scare the enemy at the beginning of battle I really think it would have worked well.
    We then proceeded to try a Hangi pie which is a pie case filled with meat and veg cooked in the steam boxes. Everything was tender and delicious, and I can confirm that although the air stinks of a sulphuric eggy smell the food doesn't have that!

    After an explore around the village on our own we ended reading up on the history of the area and found all the history really interesting, if not sometimes gory. For example did you know that Maori used to cook and eat people in hot pools back in the day? I am happy to say now the village people are very friendly and everyone is safe and welcome!

    From here we drove a short distance to the blue and green lakes. These two lakes are next to each other and are very beautiful. The green lake is very sacred to the Maori people so no one can go in or on it. This is nice so you can really see it's natural state. We did however decide to take a dip in the Blue lake as that is allowed. It was so beautiful, still and crystal clear. Even though not the warmest of waters it was so refreshing being somewhere so pure.

    Around mid afternoon we took some time to rest up back at the hostel. We were both very tired and travelling full time can run you down if you don't stop for a breather now and again we've learnt. Randomly at one point I realised we'd left our water bottles in reception so I dashed in, grabbed them and walked out, only stopping to hear a voice say 'I know you'. I turned round and there was a girl called Nina we'd previously met four weeks back in Cairns on our snorkel trip. What a small world! It does blow my mind these chance encounters and how small the world actually is.

    That evening we'd planned to go to a place called The Polynesian Spa and invited Nina along. After an ice cream stop we arrived. The spa had a variety of hot pools with different temperatures, sizes and chemical properties, all bordering a lake, making it a very attractive place. We arrived a little too late so only saw it in daylight for a short while, however it was very relaxing when dark and with low lighting. Because we were chatting with Nina and trying all the different pools we were there til 11pm and the last people there. Our skin felt amazing! Especially after the nicknamed 'ageless beauty' pool that left a silky smooth texture all over. I'll take more of that daily please!

    The next day we'd planned to go to the Waitomo glow worm caves via a nice walk with a famous blue spring and move on from Rotoura. We managed to make it to the blue spring before the car gave in. The car had been bad for a while making a whurring noise, and having lost all it's power. Finally I called a mechanic and he confirmed that it was only running on three cylinders when it should be six... for someone who knows nothing about cars even I can understand that's not good. We agreed to meet him at his garage after we'd walked to the spring. It was definitely worth going to. It is probably the most beautiful piece of water I've ever seen. Crystal clear yet very blue, full of green water plants flowing in the direction of the current. It's hard to do justice but I'm sure you'll get some indication from the picture. We would have liked longer there but knew we had to sort the car.
    After a lot of messing around, phone calls etc. . We went on to a our airbnb for the night and the rental company brought down a new car that evening and took away our previous one. Immediately although exactly the same car model, it was evident how broken the precious one was when you got behind the wheel of the new car!
    With all of this you may have realised we missed out on the caves. It wasn't a massive disappointment as we'd seen lots of glow worms back in Franz Josef so thankfully don't think we missed out on much.

    We went to bed relieved to have everything sorted and be very to get back on our schedule for the following morning.

    One hour away was our next destination and we arrived at 9am ready for our tour round Hobbiton! As big fans of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films we were excited to be on the real life permanent film set for the Shire. Set in a lage acre farm is where they adapted it into the Hobbits Shire village. The sun came out and the place is adorable, with 42 hobbit holes and amazing attention to detail such as mini clothes on washing lines and real vegetables in the patch, it felt magically real. A very picturesque place and instantly recognisable it felt like you'd stepped into their world. We enjoyed all of it and practically expected Bilbo to appear when we passed his front door. We ended the tour in The Green Dragon Inn with a beer and marvelled at the detail of the place. Whether you like the films or not, it was an attractive place to be, but all the more special for it's fantasy feel.

    Beth
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  • Day6

    Whitianga-Auckland-Rotorua

    February 14, 2017 in New Zealand

    Da ich mein Auto nur für vier Tage gemietet hatte, bin ich wieder zurück nach Auckland gedüst, um es dort abzugeben. Für den Rückweg hatte ich mir gedacht, dass ich die schöne Strecke entlang der Küste der Coromandel Halbinsel nehme. Leider gab es für mich auf dieser Strecke nur viel Regen, Nebel und viele Kurven zu sehen. In Auckland angekommen, hab ich direkt den Bus genommen und bin nach Rotorua gefahren. Was einem hier direkt auffällt, ist der Geruch. Denn es stinkt hier extrem nach Schwefel, vor allem um den See herum..Außerdem gibt es hier in der Gegend ganz viele Quellen, Schlammpools u.ä.Read more

  • Day25

    Auckland to Rotorua

    January 4, 2016 in New Zealand

    Après une soirée très sympa entre compatriotes et collègues, départ pour les vallées géothermale de Rotorua dans la "Bay of Plenty". Ca fait longtemps que j'avais plus pris des bus ici, mais les chauffeurs sont toujours aussi sympa et plein d'humour. A Rotorua, miracle, beaucoup de vent, donc moins d'odeur de souffre
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  • Day25

    BREW craft beer pub

    January 4, 2016 in New Zealand

    Au bout de Tutanekai St. côté lac, juste avant le Novotel, ils ont crée une petite rue piétonne avec plein de resto avec terrasse.
    Bonne adresse la brasserie BREW et leur bière très sympa ainsi que quelques plats de brasseries plutôt conséquents. En plus c' était délicieux

  • Day75

    Rotorua

    April 30 in New Zealand

    Was fällt einem als erstes auf wenn man in Rotorua aus dem Bus steigt: Ein leichter, KAUM bemerkbarer Geruch nach faulen Eiern! :) Rotorua ist ein dampfendes und bisschen stinkendes Wunderland. Es ist erstaunlich zu sehen, wie es hier einfach so aus dem Boden dampft und es heisse Quellen am Laufmeter gibt. Im Park gibt es z.B. ein gratis Fussbad wo man sich setzten und etwas geniessen kann. Zeitweise sieht man vor lauter Dampf gar nichts mehr, dann ist wieder klare Sicht. Eindrücklich.
    Gestern gab es noch was eindrückliches. Der Himmel wollte zeigen, was er so in sich trägt und so schüttete es wie aus Elefanteneimern! Eigentlich wollte ich heisse Quellen und Schlammpools in Wai-O-Tapu ansehen gehen, doch der ganze Park war überschwemmt und so hiess es dann diesen Besuch auf einen anderen Tag zu verschieben. Am nächsten Tag erfuhren wir, dass es am meisten geregnet hat, seit Messbeginn.
    Rotorua hat aber neben dampfender Erde und Spa-Bädern auch noch andere Sachen zu bieten. So liegt am Rand, direkt am See die Maori-Siedlung Ohinemutu. Dies ist keine dieser künstlichen Touristenattraktionen von denen es hier viele gibt, sondern hier wohnen viele Maori-Familien. Sehr eindrücklich zu sehen, ist .v.a ihr wunderschönes Marae (Versammlungshaus) und die tolle Kirche, St.Faith's Anglican Church, wo es neben geschnitzten Bänken mit Maori-Figuren, und gewebten Elementen an den Wänden auch ein Glasfenster mit einem Jesus-Bild gibt. Jesus ist eingehüllt in einen typischen Maori-Umhang und wenn man richtig steht, scheint er auf dem Wasser vom Lake Rotorua zu gehen.
    Ein weiteres wunderschönes Gebäude in Rotorua ist das Museum. Leider ist es zur Zeit geschlossen, da es einen Erdbebentest, der nach dem starken Erdbeben von Kaikoura gemacht wurde nicht bestand.
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