Thermal Things

Hubble hubble, boil and bubble…..No visit to New Zealand is complete without a few visits to the various thermal delights on offer. NZ is “a volcano”. This, according to my husband Ryan- who is a kiwi, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

NZ is a thermal wonderland with popping mud and boiling steam all over

NZ is a thermal wonderland with popping mud and boiling steam all over

Rotorua has been one of my favourite stops in any trip to NZ . I love to soak in super hot water. Central NZ certainly is a “hotbed” of steamy activity of the volcanic kind. Just driving down any of the roads between Taupo and Rotorua, you can view steam rising from the fern-clad hills and rivers. I would love to be able to jump out of the car to view the plumes closer but common sense dictates otherwise. Imagine finding yourself sinking into a sulphur pit of yellow bubbling mud. Ouch!

Finn (5) enjoyed the heated aspect of NZ.We took him to wai-o-tapu expecting to be able to wander freely in the gorgeous colours of this wonderland. Unfortunately, even a small family like ours now has to fork out almost R1000 (over $100) to walk on the wooden boardwalks. It didn’t feel right to have to pay for something nature made for all of us to share. Instead,I took a couple of snaps outside and at the mud pools, which are free.

We found a free thermal pool which Finn loved and we settled in for an afternoon soak. Perfect.

At the end of the day, we were super relaxed and happy. Perfect holiday mood.

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a relaxed and happy Finn who slept for 2 hours immediately after


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