During our trip, we stayed overnight in Rotorua. Located at the cauldron of a dormant volcanic mountain, the town enjoys warmer weather than its neighbors. Can you believe their last snow came after fifty years? And that too didn’t even last a day.
We spent some time roaming around the city before settling in for the night at the best bed and breakfast I have ever stayed in. Every time we passed a certain part of the town, despite my repeated explanation of the sulfur smell, Hulk was convinced that someone nearby farted. So on our last morning there, I took him to the fart smell source, Whakarewarewa, one of Rotorua’s geothermal sites, located close to the city center so we could enjoy our time without feeling rushed to catch the bus back to Auckland.
The first thing that caught my attention, other than the rotten egg smell, was the boiling mud pools. Apparently the mud is rich in minerals, which makes it very good for the skin. They even have SPAs in Rotorua that cater to people to soak in it. Else, you can also buy the mudpack and pop it into your face at home, far from the weird looks from others.
And there was the geyser, Pohutu which means “big splash” (the biggest one in the southern hemisphere). It is the main geyser of the area, spurts up to twenty times per day and can reach heights of up to 100 feet. A seriously awesome natural phenomena to see.
Due to the wind, we got a little wet from the splash though by the time it got to us it was no longer hot. I got reminded of Vi who used to put the sulfur water on her face as a quick beauty fix in Hakone, and nothing to argue here, she has flawless skin.
The tour guide explained about Maori carvings and the geothermal activities on this site. He told us that every year they would offer Maori carving scholarships to four male students to study of the traditional carving. Once they graduated, they usually go back to their hometown to continue the work and teach their own tribe. Interested to learn about these carvings? One of the requirements is to be a Maori descendent, even if one sixteenth, and also you must be a male. Guess I am stuck with scrapbooking for now.
We didn’t spend much time here; I mean, how long can you stare the boiling mud pool, right? If I had more time I would definitely stay more than a night in Rotorua and visit the Wai Ta O PO for the colorful geothermal lake and try the mud bath. This time, I only got myself the mud face mask and have been scaring people off since 2014. Do you enjoy seeing natural phenomenons? Which one did you see last?
I am participating in #BlogEverydayinSept. Yesterday, I was I supposed to share a day in my life, but it was my birthday (YAY!! And thanks) and I didn’t feel like spending it in front of the laptop. Blogging < Birthday people. So yeah, I will catch up soon, promise.
Today’s prompt, 5 times I cried at TV/Movies:1. Armageddon (When Harry says goodbye). 2. The Lake House (When Sandra Bullock rushed to mail the letter and cried in front of the lake house). 3. F.R.I.E.N.D.S (When Monica proposed to Chandler). 4. Snape’s Patronus charm. “Lily. After all this time?” “Always“. 5. Will Gardner’s death.
Tomorrow, I will come up with my best/worst birthday memories. Connect with me? I am buzzing on Twitter, Instagram, BlogLovin’ and occasionally on Google+. Thanks for reading! Link up: Travel Tuesday.