Go to Rotorua, and you’ll never want to leave 

So I arrived in Rotorua via naked bus, this leg of the journey provided by manabus.com and it was a very comfortable journey (and free wifi). When I arrived it was sideways raining, and this pretty much continued throughout my whole stay, bar the final day. 

The first thing I noticed about Rotorua (apart from the weather) was that it smelt funny. I was warned before I arrived, but to be honest, you get used to it. Rotorua has lots of sulphurous pool, so there are lots of natural hot pools around.

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Even though it rained on the first day, I ventured around the town and walked to Kuirau Park, where there’s lots of bubbling water and mud pools.

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You can’t fully submerge yourself into the pools, but there’s a place to dip your feet.

If you like hiking, there are fantastic hikes around the Redwood forest, lasting a varied amount of time.

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On my way to the Redwoods I managed to get myself lost, my hiking boots were soaked and my waterproof coat was no longer waterproof, so I opted for the 30 minute hike, which was beautiful!
And the i-site has a very nice souvenir shop too!

If your looking for a place to relax in hot pools, there are a couple of free ones dotted about. I was recommended by a lovely lady to go to Kerosene Creek, which was a little way out of Rotorua, but as my only transport for the day was my legs, I opted to pay for the Polynesian Spa.

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There’s a family pools, and adults only pool, plus private pools. I went for the adult pool, where there are 8 pools ranging from 38-42 degrees Celsius.

All the pools are mineral pools and be warned, there tarnish silver and metal, so remove your jewellery before you go in (yes, I learnt the hard way). 

As the last day was sunny, I woke up early to walk to Lake Rotorua and snap a few pics.
I ended up at Sulphur Point, which is very picturesque, and you get a beautiful view of Sulphur Bay.

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(Half my entry didnt post, not good!)
Ao i did go to a Maori village called Whakarewarewa. We got a tour of the village where people still live! Got to see where they cook, bathe and we got a cultural experience which included a Haka and a few songs, annddd the Hokey Pokey! Its $35, but its well worth the trip to experience the culture!

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