After a good sleep in Rotorua and a leisurely breakfast with our lovely host, it was time to hit the road again and continue our North Island road trip. We first had a look at the weirdest park we had ever seen, Kuirau Park. It’s a public park in town with lots of geothermal activity. Small, extremely hot, pools are steaming away everywhere. Though it seems a safe place, it’s important to be careful as eruptions can happen at any time! We also had a look around Sulphur Point. A very beautiful and interesting landscape along the lake. And everywhere around was the unmistakable “rotten egg” smell.
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After picking up our rental car and stocking up on groceries for the week we drove up to Te Anau in the afternoon. It was quite cold and grey so we only made a short stop for lunch. In Te Anau we picked one of the campsites and set up our tent. First night in the tent since Hastings on the North Island! The kitchen was loud, busy and messy and people were trying to cook leaning over each other to use the few working hotplates. We realised quickly how lucky we had been with the kitchen in our Holiday park in Fairlie! After a cold night of around 4 degrees, wearing lots of layers, we had breakfast and started the journey to Milford Sound.
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From Auckland we made a dash straight down to Hastings, in Hawke’s Bay. Since we had spent most of our money on our wedding in Australia, it was time for “Plan A”. Fruit picking. It sounds so romantic doesn’t it? Being outside, in the sunshine, picking fruit.
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