01.03.2014 - 01.03.2014 24 °C
After another cool night in the Waikato (the name of the river) valley the sun woke us up. Good because our bodies needed extra dosage of warmth. And yet, we decided to cool down even more so we went for a short swim in the river. The little one and her dad loved it, mom took some pics from the shore
The ducks came by to say hi to Emilia.
After a breakfast we took off and drive only a few minutes to see Huka Falls - Waikato's waterfalls which are said to be "the most visited attraction of NZ". We couldn't confirm nor deny. But we liked this place a lot.
Half an hour drive north and we got to Wai-O-Tapu - a vulcanic "park", full of unseen views merged with unsensed smells (stink!). The place is incredible. It emerged due to (or thanks to) numerous vulcanic eruptions and later activities. Nearly 2,5h walks around craters, sulphoric waterfalls and moulds, caves and flats, almost dizzy due to smells, we moved on to see mud pools. Another place which could be very well filmed in any witch / bad creatures movies.
A short drive to Waimangu (similar but not the same) and.. We were too late.
So we drove to Rotorua. Perhaps we'll drive back tomorrow..
Rotorua lies at the Rotorua Lake and so from it's appearance it resembles Taupo. Right at the lake there is a big and diverse playground where Emilka - full of herself as she is - enjoyed time along with many other kids.
We finished thr day on the local campsite which offered hot mineral pools. Isn't it a fine end of a day which started in a cold river?
See you tomorrow.