I spent the last couple of days of my holiday in Rotorua.
The hot and sunny weather there was great as we do not have this in Wellington. I was in a short skirt and T-Shirt all days and felt slightly strange, not being used to wearing so little anymore.
But it was great, it felt a little bit like summer! And after 6 years of living in Wellington and therefore not having a summer, you can imagine how much I miss it and enjoy it on the few opportunities that there are.
I’ve been to Rotorua before, but there were still a couple of things I never had a look at. There is a nice walk you can do that takes you through a park with some geothermal mud holes, and then down to the lake to Ohinemutu, an old Maori village. This was really quite amazing, with steam and bubbling water right between people’s houses.
The marae’s meeting house has beautiful wood carvings:
The walk then follows the lake shore to Sulphur point. There are sulphuric gases bubbling up in the water, which makes any plant life impossible there and gives the lake a light whitish turquoise colour. There are plenty of birds hanging around there on the rocks though, and the whole scenery looks quite gorgeous:
As always, mud pools fascinate me most. Just a few minutes on, there was a particularly intriguing one. It’s called the coffee pot, and that’s exactly what it looks like, including some thick cream around its edge;
Just as aside, as always, I stayed in a nice backpackers. One of the reasons why I like this is that you virtually always meet other Germans there. It can be quite interesting to have a chat with them, as this gives me a feel what’s going on in Germany which goes beyond what you read in the newspapers. And what I’ve heard a number of times by now is that the country is changing, in particular employers becoming more flexible and more accepting of people whose course of life has not been straight.
It will be an interesting thing to watch and see how this unfolds over the next 10 years or so.
So this was my holiday.