During our time in New Zealand’s North Island, we spent a few days in the geo-thermal area of Rotorua, and enjoyed the hot springs, and a beautiful scenic zipline through the tree canopy.
The geo-thermal area of Wai O Tapu is stunning. Wai O Tapu means Sacred Water, and it’s easy to understand why:
Here we are enjoying the beautiful views through the native canopy at the Rotorua Canopy Tour. We were impressed with the work they are doing here to trap predators, and help to bring back the native birds.
In our last full week in New Zealand, we explored some of the Coromandel peninsula. There are more geo-thermal areas here, and in particular at Hot Water Beach there are hot springs just beneath the surface, and you can dig down and make your own hot tub – although sometimes it gets too hot, and other times the waves will roll right over it!
Again the coastline here is full of beautiful photographic opportunities, with clouds and islands helping to set the scene.
The Driving Creek Railway is a fun narrow gauge railway, that takes you up on an hour-long journey through the native bush and trees, to wonderful scenic views.
Coromandel Waterworks is a fun place to spend a few hours, especially for families with children. More quirky art pieces, and water sculptures set up to move and activate in interesting ways! There are bbq’s available, and a waterhole for swimming on hot days.
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