Rotorua, New Zealand

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Rotorua, New Zealand - Cute little sheep . . . "Gidday Mate!"

Alright, so like I previously mentioned, we had a fun-filled morning getting out of Auckland, and heading for Rotorua, which was our destination for that day.

Lots of educational encounters and sightseeing with random individuals willing to stop and pick up a couple of poor hitchhikers, and also generous enough to share their culture with us. 

That’s what it’s all about!

And it wasn’t over just yet . . . we then had the pleasure of meeting Kelvin!!  This gentleman, who’s also of Maori origin, was absolutely wonderful to us!

He gave us a guided tour of Rotorua, aka the "Sulfur City.

Rotorua, New Zealand - Au pays des moutons!!
"  And also shared lots of his culture and ancestral history with us.

Oh yeah, and let me not forget to mention that he even went out of his way to have us try some Maori specialties . . . well, Arnaud was the only brave one amongst the two of us. 

Yummy "Kina!!!"  Sorry I just couldn’t, had to pass that one up!  Perhaps I’ll be more adventurous regarding food next time!!

As for Rotorua, as it’s one of the most visited spots here in New Zealand, everything’s quite expensive, all specially designed for rich tourists!!  Poor us! 

Still, it’s a really cool place, just be prepared to take in the constant rotten-egg odor around here!!  Not very pleasant, at all!! 

Besides the smelliness of the place, it’s quite a dynamic thermal area with spurting geysers, steaming hot springs and exploding mud pools all about.

Rotorua, New Zealand - Kuirau Park
 

So, of course, you got the over-priced touristy ones, OR those the locals go to, which are so much better because they’re free!  Guess which ones we went to?!! 

And lucky for us, Kelvin let us in on all the freebies around.

We visited Kuirau park, which is pretty much a park with geysers/mud pools all over the place. 

Then there was our visit to the hot & cold springs, which was FA-BU-LOUS!  It’s crazy because these here are right next to this place tourists usually go to, Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, but the difference is that they’re free!!

Obviously, we absolutely loved it here, so we just had to come back the following day for some more hot and cold action.  It’s really a unique place, on one side you have this cold river that flows into the hot springs that are just opposite it, thus the reason for it’s name, "the hot & cold" springs!! 

On our second visit here, however, we made sure not to miss the mud pools that are nearby and also free!!  NICE!!!

Be sure to check out the photos & video!!

Donc, la majorité qui s’arrête pour nous prendre en stop sont Maoris, et le dernier Kelvin, nous proposa de nous faire un petit tour de ville de Rotorua, qui était d’ailleurs notre objectif final du jour.

Rotorua, New Zealand - Kuirau Park

Et quoi de mieux d’être avec un personne qui connait parfaitement la ville et ses alentours.

Mais il y avait une condition pour faire ce tour. C’était d’être sage toute la journée pour qu’à la fin on puisse se baigner dans des eaux thermales.

Il faut savoir que cette ville est l’une des plus touristiques, du aux nombreuses activités thermales.

Il y a par exemple un parc où on peut voir des geysers, et cela en plein milieu de la ville. J’ai trouvé ça surprenant, non !!? 

C’est comme aller dans les parcs pour voir les joueurs de pétanque sauf la c’est des geysers !! Le seul inconvénient est l’odeur de soufre, c’est pas très agréable.

Rotorua, New Zealand - Monument at Kuirau Park


Sinon à la fin de la journée, Kelvin nous amena donc à la rivière des « eaux froides et chaudes », cela se trouve à coté d’un centre thermal.

On l’appelle froid et chaud parce que le site se trouve entre 2 rivières, l’une à 40 degrés et l’autre à 15 degrés.

Et toi t’es au milieu en train d’apprécier le moment et faire des petites photos et vidéos, juste histoire de partager ça avec les lecteurs !!!

Le lendemain on visita la ville tranquillement, on se renseigna pour faire un « Hangi », c’est un repas Maori traditionnel cuit au four dans la terre, et encore une fois devinez quoi, c’était hors de prix.

Rotorua, New Zealand - At the mud pools in Kuirau Park with Kelvin

Donc nous, tout ce qu’on a fait cuir, c’est nos tartines pour le petit déjeuner !!

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