The temperature in some of the pool exceeds the boiling point and the traditional Maori people used pools for cooking, laundry and heating their homes. Tourists have been visiting the springs in this area since the early 1800’s.
|Boiling water bubbles in the pool.|
|Boiling mud is an intriguing concept and pretty amazing to watch.|
All the springs in this area, are at or nearing the boiling point. The air temperature that day was over 80F/27C and the steam was really rolling off. I can only imagine what it looks like in the winter.
|My guys disappearing in the steam.|
|It took a second to understand exactly of what we were being warned.|
Our last stop before leaving Rotorua was the Caterpillar Experience. Growing up near Peoria, Illinois and my father and grandfather having earned their living driving Caterpillar bulldozer, made me interested the this museum. Being a mother of a little machinery addict and the daughter and granddaughter of bulldozer operators of made it a MUST on our trip.
|Those lines on the hills aren't terraces, they're paths worn by hooves!|
|Fencing contractor in New Zealand can be added to the list of things I definitely do NOT want to be when I grow up.|
|Everything is SO green and lush here, especially compared the dessert of Central Australia.|
|Nothing like a rest stop with a bit of scenery.|
|Dairy is one of the primary ag industries in NZ.|
|The mountains aren't much compared to the Rockies by I wouldn't want to pedal up them!|
|Logging is big business here.|
|I'd love to see how they plant that many trees in such straight up and over mountains.|
We stayed in the aptly named Hydrangea cottage.
The cottage was lovely but the private patio iced the cake!
Each cottage even has it's own tiki!
Along the way, we had run across a great little Italian deli and cheese shop and picked up a few supplies for dinner.
After the grown-ups (that’s a reference to height and NOT mental capacity) partook in some sustenance, the garden exploring began in earnest.
|The agapanthus there was amazing.|
There were plenty of paths and hiding spots designed with the vertically challenged in mind.