Day 11 – Rotorua rest day

Nice sleep in followed by a decent breakfast at camp. Then put a load of washing on.

Finally, out for the day we lapped the main street and did a few chores and stocked up on those things we were in need of. Followed by a quick lunch.

First tourist attraction for the day was Whakarewarewa – a living Mauri village built on a thermal hot spring area. We self guided for a bit then went on the guided tour. It was very interesting to get a bit of an insight into how the Mauri utilised the geothermal features.

After that, we went to utilise the geothermal features ourselves at the Polynesian Spa. Then went we ran out of time there, back to the hot pool at the camp ground. Total hot pools for the trip: 6.

For the day evening, we went to a Mauri hungi and dance / cultural display. It all felt a bit rushed and we had to scoff our meal and hop back on the bus. The bus ride home was the best part with each nationality on the bus singing songs.

Late arrival back home at 11pm.

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