Backpacking around the world on a budget: Waitomo to Rotorau Part 12

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In 2008, we embarked on our RtW trip, visiting seven countries. You find us in the western shores of the North Island of New Zealand. Next up was Waitomo, heading east through the Island to Rotorau!

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves has a modern visitor centre at the entrance, largely designed in wood. There are organised tours that include a boat ride under the glowworms.

A two hour drive to Rotorau was next on the cards. The evening was setting in and we passed lots of landscape that reminded me of my home landscape, Dartmoor.

As we headed into the city of Rotorau, it was nice to see some life. With pubs and parks rammed with people, and a nice evening was spent watching the sun set over Lake Rotorua.

Lake Okaro Campsite was one of the nicer campsites to stay on, with a more communal feeling. Catherine and I set up camp to stay for some time to explore Rotorua and it’s surrounding area.

Local and foreign tourists flock to Rotorua, as it is a major destination for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools.

Tourism is by far the largest industry in the district. The Geyser is an amazing experience to see.

Catherine and I also ventured to the Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools, which were also fantastic.

The next few days were spent enjoying Rotorau town, zorbing and mud spas.

Catherine and I went for a dual Zorb and once crushed in we were flung down the side of the hill.

The mud spa was much needed. A great way to relax and watch pass the day away.

One final sleep at Lake Okaro and we were once again on the move, this time north to Tauranga.

Checking out J & C.

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