After another relaxing morning, we headed up to Te Mata peak for 360 degree views of Hawke's Bay The views were amazing and well worth the short drive.
|From the top of Te Mata peak|
On our way out of town we stopped at Cafe Nosh for a morning snack and latte bowls for the boys. We also made numerous pit stops for pics of art deco buildings, cattery signs, and of course....sheep.
|Cafe Nosh in the background...The Frying Dutchman in the foreground|
|A Cattery! These are all over New Zealand|
Oh, and I failed to mention that two of the sheep that were grazing behind our cottage, had babies while we were staying there! That's right....baby lambs!
We drove through Taupo on our way to Rotorua and stopped for lunch over looking the lake. We also visited Huka Falls which was amazing! At Huka Falls, the Waikato River which is normally 100m wide, is squeezed through a 20 metre wide gorge and over a 20m drop. Every second up to 220,000 litres of water gushes through the gorge and shoots out over 8 metres beyond to create a beautful blue/green pool.
|The lead up to Huka Falls|
|The actual falls|
|The pool after the falls into the calm river|
We made it to Rotorua in time to explore the public park featuring boiling, steaming pools and mud puddles. The smell of sulphur filled the air but the steaming pits are pretty cool! For dinner, we took M&D for their first Indian food experience at Lovely India and it was enjoyed by all!
|Fun Rick running from the overflowing lake|
|What's that smell?|
|I'm not sure what we were doing....but definitely crazy face!|
|The great chase to catch a photo of a Pukeko (before Justin chased him away)|
|Bubbling, boiling mud|