Then drove onto Rotourora for geysers and egg stench. Stopped at Orakei Korako and saw mud pools, silica terraces and hot spring cave. Also went to Waitapu Thermal Wonderland to see the Lady Knox geyser that spurts about 12 meters high and the champagne pool with bright orange silica formations.
Drove further north to the Bay of Plenty where we cooked up a massive meat feast on a bar-b-que by the sea and then up the coast to Mount Maunganui to watch surfers. Too cold for us though.