- New Zealand – here we come
- New Zealand 1: Auckland
- Bay of Islands, New Zealand
- Fawlty Towers in New Zealand
- Life is good in New Zealand
- Fairy Tales in New Zealand
- Mordor, Tongariro – New Zealand
- Lights in New Plymouth, New Zealand
- Hiking another great mountain in New Zealand
- Food for Belgians in New Zealand
- Whales in New Zealand
- Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
- New Zealand, West, too fast
- these shoes are made for walking (New Zealand 15)
- Tourists in New Zealand!
- Close Encounters in New Zealand
- The Itinerary of a 4 week New Zealand trip
- Happy Feet, New Zealand
- Turquoise Lake, New Zealand
- The end of our New Zealand trip
A new adventurous day for Koen and Vicky in New Zealand. Today, the theme is luxurious living :-) Rotorua is the place where that happens.
After our less than perfect stay of yesterday, we headed for the city of Rotorua. This place is known in New Zealand for its geisers, geothermic activity, and its … spa’s. So the theme for the day was set. Some unseen pampering could come our way. A day of stress-removing holiday was on its way.
After 250 or so kilometers, we arrived at the Hamurana Lodge near Rotorua. One of the staff greeted us warmly and offered us coffee, tea and cookies. We felt at home right away on this beautiful estate. Our room, under the roof, had all we could wish for. The room looked out over the property, so a calm night was assured.
After leaving our stuff here, we went off to Rotorua, to the Polynesian Spa. We spent most of our afternoon here. As most of the hot springs are closed at 5pm (a shock for us, after we had spent evenings in Yellowstone, that has a lot in common with Rotorua) we went for one of the Mud Pots.
When we returned at the lodge, we had the chance to meet Alex and Fred, the hosts. These two gentlemen and us entered into a nice late-afternoon conversation with some of the wines they have in the cellar of the restaurant. One of the better wines I had in my glass in New Zealand so far. We not only had a great time with them, but both Vicky and I are sure that we will stay in touch with these two gentle guys, that really know what hospitality is about. They made a reservation in one of the better places in town, as the restaurant of the Hamurana Lodge was closed that night. They made sure we had a place, even on a very busy night.
We had our first lamb in New Zealand for dinner (insert lamb joke here) and fell asleep that night soo smoothly…
Tomorrow we are about to meet some rather small fellows…
PS 1 : Alex would point out for the lamb joke that there are far more sheep in Australia than in New Zealand;
PS 2 : more pictures have been uploaded on Flickr
PS 3 : our blog on New Zealand is in English, because most of our friends and family in Belgium do understand it, while not all of our friends and family outside Belgium would understand this if it were in Dutch/Flemish.