Thursday, October 22, 2009

What's that stank?!

We were welcomed to Rotorua by rain and a brutal stink. Thanks to the volcanic nature of New Zealand, specifically Rotorua, there are many pools, geysers, etc that are made up of various minerals bubbling up from the earth; specifically Sulphur.

On Wednesday we made our way to Wai-O-Tapu: The Geothermal Wonderland. It is a park that showcases the different pools of minerals and streams that are natural to the area. It was any science nerds' heaven!

That night I made my way to the Polynesian Spa to hang out in a couple of mineral pools that very in temperature all of which are heated from the earth. The temperatures ranged from 38-42 degrees with various minerals believed to aid different ailments. I do have to admit that it was a glorious treat for the scoliosis.

Thursday we were off to Waitomo to go through the caves looking at stalactites, stalagmites, and glow worms! The glow worms were by far my favourite as we drifted through a cave on a river in the pitch black. It looked like the milky way of glow worms as thousands of little blue glow worm butts filled the ceiling.

Today I am in Taupo doing a day hike in preparation for the big one sometime this weekend!

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