So, this is my VERY LAST POST about New Zealand. I’m kind of sad about it, but you’re probably thinking Finally!
We spent our last day in Rotorua.
Rotorua is a rather interesting place. It’s what I imagine Earth must have been like during Dinosaur times.
Pockets of steams rising all over the place, volcanic craters, molten hot springs, neon green bodies of water, and a noticeable sulphur smell.
In fact, you can visit the Waitopo Geothermal Park park to see a concentration of all these ancient wonders in one place.
Walking around the park, you are greeted by many scenes of this…
It was hard to get a good shot of this lake which would do it justice.
The wind kept blowing steam into the picture. So, I’ll just describe it to you.
It wasn’t all just sulphur and steam though. The park also has beautiful walking trails through trees like this.
My favorite place in this park though was this bright neon green lake. Yes, it really is that color. Did you ever guess that hue existed in nature?
After walking around and contemplating prehistoric environment, we headed to our very special resting place for the night, the Hamurana Springs Lodge.
When researching this inn, I didn’t pay too much attention to the description. It just sounded like a decent place to stay.
But it ended up being my favorite stay of the entire trip.
This lodge was a bit out of town in the country side, sitting on its own estate surrounded by fields of horses. Once you turn into the road leading to the inn, you see the lodge perched up on a hill.
Then you drive down this wonderfully long path to the inn
Finally, you reach this cute old inn.
Once you’re inside, you’re greeted with all kinds of lovely views of the countryside
as well as portraits of local Maori tribespeople on the walls
Being there on a Thursday night, we had the random luck of being the only guests.
Not only did we have the run of the place, but we got so much specialized attention from the staff.
In fact, we joked that we felt like we were in an episode of Downtown Abbey. The staff tended to our every need, building a fire for us and stoking it through the evening, offering nice drinks, and so on.
We took advantage of all the lodge’s amenities including this beautiful fire place in a sitting room where we read books and drank wine for a few cozy hours. They piped in old fashioned jazz music and we felt like we had gone back in time to a different era.
Though I’m not skilled at pool at all, we also enjoyed playing a few games
That night, we slept so well, probably the best I slept the entire trip.
And the next morning, we went down to the dining room and were greeted with this nice breakfast. Fresh croissants. Cheeses and meats. Berries with yogurt.
After eating seconds and drinking a few cups of coffee, we spent a little time in our room just enjoying the view and feeling grateful that our trip to New Zealand ended on such a high note.