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Lake Rotorua

Enough said in the title.  A little black cloud followed me all the way from Tauranga to Rotorua.  I don’t know what I did to deserve the unwanted attention, maybe I was being punished for corrupting old John, but it rained the entire morning.  In fact, apart from a short dry spell, when I managed to sneaked out of the car and reach the library, it poured London rain all day long.  So I staid in the library and caught up with some writing.

 

The next day was just as bad, but I was determined to get out and walk around town.

Kuirau Park
  The first thing you notice, partly because everyone mentions it before you get there, is the strong smell of rotten eggs in the air.  Errr… no, it wasn’t me this time; the pungent odour comes from the sulphur of many geo-thermal activities in the area.  It is true what they say… you sure can pop a stinker and no one would notice!  That was me, outside MacDonald at 12:32 on Monday the 24!  Hey, maybe they should put up signs, where the smell is pretty bad, saying ‘Fart Free Area’.  I’m not sure how that would improve anyone’s life, but it would certainly make me laugh, and laughter is a good therapy right?  However bad, the smell was nowhere near to that of the back of my car, when I got up every morning, phew whew! Rotorua’s sulphur was a breath of fresh air in comparison!

 

My first geo-thermal sighting was at Kuirau Park, on the west side of the city.

Rotorua - Polynesian spa
  It is a big public park with many hot bubbling mud pools enclosed by railings, to avoid any accidents.  The sun was about to disappear, and the hot steam rising from the surface of these mucky waters combined with the intense smell of sulphur made me feel like I was walking through the film set of a horror movie.  I could just visualize a hairy werewolf or Nosferatu jump out from behind the bushes… Harrr!  Yeah, scary stuff right?  :-) I needed to relax, so I went for a soothing hot soak in the mineral pools of the Polynesian spa, which I spotted on my way in.  It wasn’t cheap, at a cost of $20, but it was bloody marvellous I tell you!  There were 7 pools to choose from.  One large and undercover, where you could have a proper swim; and 6 small ones of different temperature, overlooking the Lake.  The setting was fantastic.
Hot steam in Kuirau Park
  The spa is open till 11pm and the best time to go is at night, when it’s quiet, less busy and you can admire a clear sky and stars reflected on the lake.  Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera because I didn’t think it would be allowed to take photos, with other customers walking around half naked.  It’s not done right?  Wrong… everyone else there had a camera!  Oh yes, here’s a story for the ‘shocking moments’ folder.  I was comfortably poaching in the hottest pool when an old Japanese dude asked me to take a photo of his group.  They all squeezed into my pool and when he passed me the camera, he dropped it in the hot water… OH… MY… GOD!!!  I’ve broken three cameras in my trip, so I know exactly what it feels like to realise that you ‘might have’ damaged it. There was a brief and painful silence; I looked at him as if he had just chopped his finger with a meat cleaver, then they all burst out laughing!  Eh?  ‘No warry No warry’ he said, still pissing him self with laughter ‘wata proof, wota proof’… you little bugger!  I didn’t think Japanese had a sense of humour.  I got him back though ‘cos I took the photo and cut everyone’s head off!  Just joking :-)

alicegourmet says:
Oh yea! In Japan, some monkeys live in the mountains surrounded by natural hotsprings. Those monkeys love to chill out in the pool in the snow...the cheeky monkeys! LMBO!! :D
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/japanese_macaque.htm
Posted on: Feb 06, 2009
Rubbertoe says:
Too right!! Wasn't me who dropped it though, he did it on purpose, cheeky monkey!
Posted on: Feb 06, 2009
alicegourmet says:
OMG! I bet your heart sink while the camera slipped from your hand...with the 3-second silence. Fortunately it was "waterproof"! LOL!
Posted on: Feb 06, 2009
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Lake Rotorua
Lake Rotorua
Kuirau Park
Kuirau Park
Rotorua - Polynesian spa
Rotorua - Polynesian spa
Hot steam in Kuirau Park
Hot steam in Kuirau Park
Rotorua
photo by: Vanessa_Mun_Yee