We went away for a long weekend down to Rotorua. We usually stay in the Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park which has been very good. However, this time I thought we'd have a change of scene and try the Cosy Cottage park. This was a mistake. There a number of things that were annoying (eg. half a toilet roll for a family of 4 for 3 days) but the biggest one was the flatlet had one room so any adult
It was frosty every morning.
We visited Hamurama Springs. It's well worth a visit and very easy walking.
The spring itself is impressive. It's the deepest natural spring in the North Island and produces an estimated 4 million litres of crystal clear water per hour. I found it quite moving and would have liked to have stayed longer to enjoy the peacefulness and serenity there. Unfortunately we were soon joined by a bunch of rowdy walkers so we moved on down the track.
The light wasn't that good for photos - too much contrast, but you can see how clear the water is in this one.
Part of the walk goes through redwood trees.
We also visited the Caterpillar Museum. I thought it was overpriced but it is an interesting museum. Mr6 and DH particularly enjoyed it. Miss3? Not so much. "Come on! Let's go!" she kept saying. But she did like the play bulldozer. Even "baby" was discarded for that.
Being married to The Mad Photographer means you get to visit some amazing places. It also means you get to work on your patience while waiting for him to get the king hit shot! Patience is something Miss3 is not so good at (especially when it involves long walks in the bush).
Luckily for the two kids there was a good playground next to Lake Tarawera and opportunity to float some "boats" at the water's edge.
On the way home we visited the Maungatautari Ecological Island. It is well worth the visit. The view at the gate was amazing the day we were there. I could even see Mt Ruapehu.
During the walk we saw takahe, hihi, kaka and yellow crowned kakariki. I was impressed with the work that is being done there. Definitely going back. But not to climb the forest canopy viewing tower again. Once was enough of that one! *shudder*