The weather has been lovely all day – nice and sunny with fluffy white clouds. Just a short journey today that took about an hour. By the way, since we left Coromandel, we have been travelling in The Bay of Plenty area. We arrived in Rotorua and parked in town (they have parking meters here but parking is free on Sunday – How lucky is that?) We had a mooch around the shops and found our way to the Tourist Information Centre. It is a spectacular place and the area is full of backpackers. We picked up some leaflets and had a drink and a piece of cake before more exploring and shopping. We drove to the campsite and booked in at about 12:45. It’s a lovely little site and well looked after. (www.rotoruatop10.co.nz) After a cup of tea we wandered up to reception to get some ideas of where to go today and tomorrow. We went to the Skyline gondola for a ride to the top of a mountain and fantastic views over Rotorua and the lake. We were expecting Rotorua to be smelling of sulphur but so far not a niff! Things will be different tomorrow because we intend to go to Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) with mud pools and geysers. We need to get there early because the Lady Knox Geyser erupts at 10:15 every day shooting up to 20 metres high.
A view over Lake Rotorua from the top of the cable car ride. Above is Cuddly Cow enjoying the view.