15.01.2014 - 24.01.2014 15 °C
Stayed in Rotorua for a couple of nights with around 12 of us from the Stray bus. We got a bus to the green and blue lakes which are around 9km from Rotoura, had an hour walk around the lakes before heading back to the hostel.
Went to Lake Aniwhenua falls and also another maori culture stop here. They showed us how to cook a Hangi and also got to eat this for dinner too! They cook the food in a hole in the ground by trapping in the steam created from water on the hot coals underneath the food. The taste was amazing!!
Stayed a night in Taupo which has a MASSIVE lake, a volcano made a crater which filled with water 26,000 year ago. Pretty cool when you think about it! Also went to Hot and Cold, this is where one river is boiling hot water heated by a hot spring from one direction and another river is cold. The hot river then has a small waterfall to join the cold one. Very weird feeling as at certain place it was hot on top but cold at the bottom (wasn’t very deep where they connected)
Stayed a night at Whakahoro which is a farm in the middle of no where! But was just beautiful, went for a couple hours walk to see few waterfalls as well which was ace.
Next stop was the Tongariro National Park, went for a walk around 2 hours ish, which got great views of Mount Doom & Mt Ruapehu. Deffo somewhere to go for a walking holiday!
There was an earthquake whilst at the National Park, but based 50Km outside of Wellington, but we still felt it in Tongariro which was cool. It was 6.2 and 90km deep so not a serious one.
Lastly for the north island, headed to Wellington, the shaky wet capital city. The first day when got there did nothing but rain but the second day cleared up so went up Mt Victoria to see 360 degrees view of the capital and then to Te Papa Musuem which explains all about earthquakes, volcanoes and also went into the different culture and settlements in New Zealand.
Got the ferry over to the south island for more adventures to come!