Day 69, 5 Spa Geysers....

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This morning we woke up pretty sore given the positions we slept in but actually not too tired, well a little but seen as we had to leave by 8am. We said our final goodbyes and thank yous to Dan and headed off in the car again. The journey was a fairly simple hour trip down to Rotorua although it was raining quite a bit.

When we arrived at The Hot Rocks hostel, we were told that we were too early and couldnt check in yet. So we packed up the car again and headed off to the information centre in the city to find out about the Hells Gate Geyser (Hot spring) Park and Spa. After that we went to a diner for a really nice and cheap brunch.

At last it was time to go back to the accomodation where we checked in and relaxed in the room. After an early wake up we all needed a sleep and so had a 2 hour nap in our bunks. We woke up refreshed and ready to explore hot springs, bubbling mud and spas.

Hell's Gate was really interesting, the most active geyser area in New Zealand. There were steaming lakes and bubblin springs everywhere, some huge, others small but all really interesting and different. After about an hour of walking aruond and exploring the springs we headed for the exit pretty wet from the drizzle. We weren't too bothered about the rain though because apparently it makes the area look even more spectacular, which it seemed to be. At the end, there was a Mauri man who made carvings from wood and we got to make our own, for free.  

It was then time to go for our Spa experience, and first up was the mud bath. We had a lot of fun swimming about in our private pool and painting ourselves with the mud. After about 20mintues our time as up and we then went and enjoyed the thermal mineral pool. It was very very relaxing, especially after having done so much driving. Towards the end though i got some in my eye which did hurt, as did Whitey and his hurt for a long time.

We got out, showered the mud off us and then bought some skin therapy souvenirs to take home before heading back into town. At the hostel, we walked past 'The lava Bar' and noticed two Irishmen, the very same 2 Irishmen that we played with in the football match on sunday! What a small world....again!! We chatted to them about footy for a while before moving off to our room.

We stank! As did all of our clothes but there was a good reason, the air at Hells Gate was full of sulphur, and the only way of describing the smell of sulphur, as some of you very keen readers may remember from South Africa, is like rotten eggs! We got used to it after about 10 mintues but it did mean that all of our clothes stank.

We got washed and decided to go and get some food from a nearby English pub and it turned out to be delicious. Some great fish and the best chips i have tasted in a long time. When we returned to the hostel we went again to the bar but it was very quiet and we were very tired so decided just to head to bed.

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