12.02.2008 79 °F
Since I had a very busy day on Saturday I decided to take it a bit easy today. The tour left Rotorua to Taupo and we left around 9:00 AM. Of course I woke up with bruises all over my body because of all the activities on Saturday....as one guy from Ireland put it "I bruise like a fruit"......which is so true.
First stop on the tour today was Wai-O-Tapu Geo Thermal Reserve. This is the largest boiling mud pool in New Zealand. This was a mud volcano that was washed away by a flood. The smelled like rotten eggs....actually maybe worse.
The tour then stopped off at Lady Knox National Geyser. This geyser errupts at 10:15 AM daily. This geyser is 150 years old.
For lunch we stopped at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. This has the largest area of surface thermal activity of any hydro thermal system. I took an 1 hour walk thru the termal wonderland. I saw many craters and different color pools. This place also smelled like rotten eggs.
After lunch the tour stopped at Huka Falls on the Waikato River which throws over 200,000 liters of water a second. Instead of seeing the falls from the bridge I went on a jet broat ride to the the falls up close and personal. The boat goes 65 - 70 kl per hour and does 360 degree turns. Nigel was our boat driver and during one of the wicked turns a girl got smacked right in the noggin.
Finally the tour arrived at Taupo and some of us headed to the lake for an afternoon swim. This by far has been the most beautiful scenery of the trip. The lake being surrounded by snow caped mountains....just beautiful. The water was a bit chilly but quite refreshing.
Everything in New Zealand seems to shut down around 4 or 5 PM....so the only thing to do is eat and drink. A bunch of us headed to Mulligans bar with our tour guide Rick for a food and drink special.
I know I am a bit behind on my posts but the internet connection has not been the greatest. I am hoping to post more tonight. I have tons more to post. Also, if you want to check out the video I posted the other day the sound is now working.