November 24, 2016
Today was the day where I’d explore a bit more of Rotorua and not just stay in the hostel all day...
Today was the day where I’d explore a bit more of Rotorua and not just stay in the hostel all day, I was determined! I headed out, and pretty much immediately bumped into a lady who was only original bus and her friend (who was joining us on the Kiwi Bus) who were going in the same direction as me. We had a walk and a chat and ended up going into Government Gardens where the spas and museum were situated; it was absolutely beautiful and was filled with flowers and shrubs that were to die for. It was pretty but I can’t imagine how stunning it would look in the Summer when all the flowers are in full bloom.
I ended up changing paths with my friends and went in search of the Sulphur Point walk which was….interesting. See, Rotorua is really strange as parts of it are absolutely beautiful and parts of it look like barren wasteland. The Sulphur walk was the barren wasteland of Rotorua, as it’s filled with thermal areas that you aren’t allowed to enter because of the heat (I think), but it just looks quite alien. It’s colourless with it’s white and greys, and the water is even a milky colour which looks really weird. Don’t get me wrong, it had it’s own unique charm, but it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The thing with Sulphur though is that it smells like eggs, and sometimes the town itself stinks, but this walk at a certain point almost made me throw up. I’ve got a really sensitive smell guys, and it was really painful to walk through so I ended up heading back.
Back at the hostel I ended up talking to the backpacker staff who were so amazingly lovely and welcoming and we ended up chilling by the pool for a good few hours. This pool, by the way, was like getting into a really hot bath - it was BOILING!!! It was relaxing to a certain point, but sometimes it was too much to handle.