Friday, 14 February 2014

Taupo to Rotorua

Another drizzly start today, with a sunny afternoon.  We visited Huka Falls on the outskirts of Taupo and were impressed at the volume of water thundering through the narrow channel.

It was a quick drive to Rotorua and on our way into the city we visited the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village (they shorten it to Whaka) and spent a couple of hours on a guided tour learning about life there, watching a cultural performance and seeing all the thermal activity.

Cooking Hangi in a steam box

We checked into the motel late morning and then walked via a nearby park to the city centre for lunch - checking out the thermal activity on the way.

We went back to Whakarewarewa this afternoon and spent quite a bit of time waiting for the geysers, particularly Pohutu which is the largest of NZ's geysers, to do their thing.  We gave up and followed one of the walking tracks from the village and when we got to one of the lookouts we got a great view of Pohutu and the Prince of Wales Feathers geysers doing their thing.  And they were spectacular.
Waiting or geysers

We headed back into the city for a drive beside Lake Rotorua and found the Rotorua Museum, which is an impressive building.

Waitekui Sculpture, Rotarua Museum

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