After the Tamaki Maori Village Overnight stay, we got a shuttle back to the hostel in Rotorua. One of the guys in the dorm room was not sure what to do, so he joined me to go to the park and see the geothermal lakes – it was beautiful, but did not smell great…
After lunch we went to Skyline Rotorua, where we had bought tickets for 2 luge rides and a ride in the skyswing (see link below) – which was the scariest thing I have done so far!
When we left Rotorua we went to check out Te Puia where we had a guided tour through Whakarewarewa geothermal valley. This place is home to the Pohutu Geyser, boiling mud pools, native bush and the National schools of Wood Carving and Weaving. This place is kind of a guardian (kaitiaki) of Maori culture.
When we got closer to Taupo, we made a stop at Huka Falls and some were also picked up from there to do the skydiving – eek!
I only had one activity on my itinerary and the rest of my time was all about exploring the town and cafés – especially by the water 🙂
In the evening I was going on the Barbary sail trip to see a Maori carving in the cliff and see the sunset while on the water. It was very beautiful and very relaxing trip where we were served pizza and offered a glass of wine, beer or soft drink to enjoy while sailing on the lake.
Kiwi Experience bus driver list:
Auckland – Bay of Islands: Richie
Bay of Islands – Rotorua: Dave aka “Cuddles”
Rotorua – River Valley: Bods