Thwarted in Rotorua

Rotorua Travel Blog

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one of the few things which i'd planned to do before leaving the UK was kayak the Kaituna river near Rotorua. So this was one of the main reasons I was staying in Rotorua for two whole days.

Having spent an entire winter in the UK not paddling because a lack of water, I felt particularly hard done by when after travelling 12 thousand miles - I still couldn't paddle due to a lack of water. So I found myself with no plans and no one to be annoyed at in Rotorua.

I decided to head out to Hell's Gate for a mud bath and spa to fill my day. Having been in Rotorua for two nights already, I was begining to get a bit sick of the smell of sulphar, plus once you've seen one bubbling pool of mud you've kind of seen them all. so after a very brief walk around the geothermal park I was very pleased to find a tent offering free wood carvings. fantastic fun, I carved a kiwi!

Following that I headed for the mud bath. I'd been looking forward to this for sometime, but it is a bit lonely on your own, plus it all stunk of sulphar and after 20 minutes I started to feel a bit faint and go a headache. I ended up spending the rest of the afternoon in bed... all due to the lack of rain. rubbish.

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