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Photos: New Zealand Tourism
on-the-cob and even puddings were put
into bags or baskets and lowered into the
boiling water – this method of cooking is
called ‘hangi’. Our guide proudly told us
that if we were to accidentally fall into one
of the pools, your skin would roll off like
“peeling a nylon stocking from a woman’s
leg”. She also pointed out the famous
Prince of Wales and Pohutu geysers, both
visible from the viewing platform.
Something a little lighter was required
after that, so we stopped at Rainbow
Springs Nature Park. My friend and I split
paths in the park, and I had a leisurely
stroll, stopping to look at rainbow trout,
eel, native ferns, and even kea (aka ‘That
bastard bird’ on account of its voracious
appetite for shiny things) and a hopeful
looking Paradise duck. Having nothing else
to feed it, I gave it some of the fish food
I bought at the entrance and it stalked me
half-heartedly until it ran into a wire fence.
The clouds were just lifting as we drove
off the main highway and merged onto the
long road home. “Did you see much?” she
asked. “Just a duck,” I replied.
And that was that.
Treks Backpackers – Rooms start at NZD$23pp
for 4-bed share, NZD$25pp 3-bed share or $56-66
private rooms. www.treks.co.nz
Whakarewarewa Thermal Village – NZD$20 entry
adults (includes guided tour and Maori concert),
NZD$30 entry and hangi meal or NZD$47 entry,
hangi and cultural performance.
Children pay half and if under 5, it’s free.
Rainbow Springs Nature Park – NZD$23.50 adults
and NZD$13.50 kids, includes audio tour. Fish food
$1.00 a bag and worth buying.
Lake Rotorua – Free. Bring walking shoes and
remember not to stray off the track!
FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
Cafe Ephesus – Mediterranean cuisine, mains from
Fat Dog Cafe – Breakfast, sandwiches, soups,
pastA. Prices from $7.50. 1161 Arawa St, Rotorua
Pig and Whistle Bar – Located in a historic part of
town, charming, with secluded back area. www.
Cliff top Ryokan Terraces with a touch of Japan
The most spectacular views you will find in your travels of Tasmania,
overlooking Great Oyster Bay to Maria Island, Schouten Island and
Freycinet Peninsula. The terraces have one bedroom, bathroom, sitting/
dining room with kitchen facilities and all the comforts one expects to find
in a Japanese Ryokan. Also available, a delightful 2 bedroom terrace with
a double and a twin share.
www.kabukibythesea.com.au email:email@example.com Tel/Fax: (03) 6257 8588
Rocky Hills Tasman Highway
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