The Bay of Plenty

December 2, 2013

PODcast - Rotorua final editLast month you heard about the 2008 trip we made to New Zealand for a friend’s wedding. This photograph was taken whilst we were in Rotorua. It was the day after we’d been reunited with the groom for the first time in c.3 years.

Rotorua is known as nature’s spa of the South Pacific. It’s said Rotorua’s geothermal water, mineral-enriched muds, Maori massage and indigenous herbs play a special role in local spa culture. Located in the Bay of Plenty region, it offers a myriad of spa options whether a simple soak in a thermal stream or a full day at a luxurious spa.

PODcast - RotoruaThe smell of sulphur in the air is characteristic of Rotorua. It’s also the heartland of New Zealand Maori culture. Although most of the Maori population live in urban areas, there are marae (meeting grounds) in the Rotorua district.

If you’re looking to view the amazing volcanic activity in the Rotorua region, you can visit Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu Volcanic Valley or Hell’s Gate – a spooky thermal reserve. You can also check out the Pohutu Geyser which can shoot water 100 feet skyward.

Having travelled over 100km from Hamilton, we opted for a standard spa where we had the opportunity to sit in our own spring. It was a strange sensation being surrounded by bubbling mud pools, geysers and steaming craters. But relaxing nonetheless. A perfect stopover before continuing our journey southwards to the wedding.

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  • Notmyyearoff December 2, 2013 at 6:40 am

    That sounds so relaxing and like its a really beautiful place. (Maybe except the smell of sulphur? :)). I don’t think I’ve ever been to a volcanic area before!

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      It was a wonderful place to visit Tas albeit briefly. Would love to go back one day 🙂

  • Afra December 2, 2013 at 7:06 am

    lovely calm picture and a fascinating post.popping over from #whatsthestory

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you Afra, such an interesting place to visit even though we were only there a short time. Fabulous 🙂

  • Iona@redpeffer December 2, 2013 at 7:37 am

    That looks and sounds simply stunning.

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you Iona 🙂

  • Louise December 2, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Looks lovely. Any chance you have been to Thailand? I really want to go there.

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      I wish Louise! My husband has but I’ve not done Thailand. One day I hope 🙂

  • The Reading Residence December 2, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Wow, that looks a truly amazing experience – a never to be forgotten moment.

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      It really was Jocelyn although we were a little jaded shall we say. The water was super hot!

  • Jeannette @autismmumma December 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Ooh that sounds lovely and so relaxing. D would be after some of those pebbles too!

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Such a fabulous place. We were on a really strict timetable, would have been nice to stay longer and check out the other sights 🙂

  • Super Busy Mum {Debs} December 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    That place looks and sounds like heaven! You certainly love your travelling don’t you! #whatsthestory

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      It was fabulous. Really nice to go and see new place although we’ve not done much since POD arrived. Would be great to take her away somewhere like this one day 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) December 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    That’s sounds absolutely wonderful. How relaxing and beautiful!

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      It was fabulous Sara, really relaxing – quite surreal too 🙂

  • sarah December 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    oh. my goodness so stunning. x

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      It was such a wonderful place. Quite strange just sitting there!

  • Kriss MacDonald December 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    What an amazing place. Makes me wish I could click some red shoes together and have a relaxing spa right now.

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Red shoes that must be the answer Kriss! We tap our red shoes and get to go anywhere *dreams*

  • Wicked World of Lucas December 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Looks soooooo relaxing – could do with one of those right now. Lovely photo as always #whatsthestory

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      It was super relaxing although we did hop in and out as it was so hot! It was almost like being in a sauna 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT December 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, looks gorgeous. I’d quite happily sit by that pool just now!

    • Charly Dove December 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Wouldn’t that be lovely. It was so warm you wouldn’t even notice the weather!

  • Christine December 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Ah, that brings back memories. We went to New Zealand 6 years ago, just before my eldest started school. I can remember well that smell of sulphur!

    • Charly Dove December 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

      How funny Christine, hopefully it brought back some good memories for you 🙂

  • Pinkoddy December 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I am very jealous, looks amazing. As a teen I always said I wanted to see a volcano too.

    • Charly Dove December 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Thank you Joy, was a great experience. Would be great to get back to NZ again one day 🙂

  • Funky Wellies December 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Fabulous! I would love to try one of these spas, it sounds like such a great experience. xx

    • Charly Dove December 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

      It was good fun although we were a little jaded 🙂

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