Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu don’t really need any words as the pictures speak for themselves, but I’ll do a short write-up anyway. We made sure the get to Wai-O-Tapu early enough for the Lady Knox Geyser ‘show’ along with a gazillion other people. I say ‘show’ because they induce the geyser to erupt and as such it is predictable and they build a bit of a show around it – all in all it kind of works although some people complain and feel that it makes the geyser somehow fake.
After Lady Knox we entered the park and did all the walking trails. Of course their biggest and most impressive feature is the Champagne Pool and it is amazing – I think I could have quite happily stayed there watching it all day if it wasn’t so steamy and ever so slightly smelly! We spent a good while in the park and it was pretty special, even with the silly amount of people traipsing around alongside us.
It was still fairly early when we left the park we stopped at Kerosene Creek, which is a free hot spring (basically a stream) and then did a circuit around some of the lakes in the area.
Back at the hotel we did some more washing and went out later on to walk around Rotorua and have a few drinks.