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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Thursday, 25 October 2012



Today has been all about geysers. This morning we visited Te Puia Thermal reserve with its numerous geysers which were exploding into the air. It was a treat to be able to see them as we were fortunate to be there just at the right time.

They were shooting up to 20m into the air.

You could feel the heat even though I was standing a good distance away. I loved the sound that that the mud pools made. Lots of spa treatments were available in the town but I didn't fancy a mud bath.


                However  later in the day I went to the Polenesian Spa and languished in the thermal pools there. As I still have a cold I couldn't smell the strong sulphurous odours coming from the pools so I was able to just lie back and enjoy the experience. I went into the adult pools, rather than the family ones. Here were about 8 different pools of various sizes and varying temperatures but they were all warm from 38C to 42C. After about 15mins in a pool you needed to get out and rest a little and have a drink of water. I stayed for about 3 hours!

This pool was 41C with a great view looking over the lake and mountains.


  1. Aha!!! Finally a place I've been to!!! :p

    Both of them actually! The Geysers were increadible, but equally wonderful was the relaxing and massages we got (Christmas present from my sister on my first Kiwi trip) at the Polynesian Spa! LOVED it!

    Did you know many Kiwis refer to Rotorua as "RotoVegas"? lol!

  2. Usually having a cold is a handicap but in this case it was to your advantage. It is quite a horrible smell. The geysers are amazing. The whole area is very interesting. I bet you enjoyed the warm spa.

  3. Sounds like heaven to me. I love the sign with the temperature on it.

  4. I have yet to see a geyser. They look pretty impressive! Thanks for sharing your trip with us. Hope you are enjoying yours!


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