Day 14 – Taupo to Rotorua to Taupo
We drove up to Rotorua today and yes it does smell as bad as I have been told, but only around where the geyser is. The rest of the town is fine. The reason we went there was to go Zorbing, which is rolling down a hill in a giant plastic ball. Except instead of Zorbing we went with a company called Ogo. It doesn’t seem like a good idea in theory to go rolling down a giant hill, but it was awesome fun. We tried both the dry where you’re strapped in and roll with the ball and the wet where you slide around an inner ball together like being in a washing machine. Wet was definitely my favourite. It was very awkward getting into the balls because you basically do a running dive, and coming back out of the balls after a wet run is like being birthed out. The husband said he had to protect his man parts because I kicked him a few times, by accident of course!
On the drive back to Taupo there were a few volcanic valley geothermal parks that we visited. They also did not smell good, but looked pretty spectacular. My favourite was called Hidden Valley or Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park. We took a ferry across a lake and there were so many interesting things to look at. It was so colourful, interesting plants and amazing patterns.
On the drive back we also saw weird steam coming from an industrial like area, and it turns out that it was the nuclear power plant. I didn’t know that New Zealand had nuclear power.
Dinner was at a restaurant on the shore of the lake and I had the most amazing chicken wings with a cheese sauce. We tried to go for a walk around the lake afterwards, but it was too cold so we headed back for an early night before another big day of driving.