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Rotorua, New Zealand - 18th January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum

Today we had a big drive to Rotorua. We saw some interesting road signs on the way to remind people to drive carefully!!
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Our first stop was at Rainbow Springs
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this is a giant moa a flightless bird that has been extinct for a long time.
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we saw some kaka's but it was easier to take a photo of the sign!! ;)
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we went under water to look at the trout
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Can you see the baby[url=tuatara] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatara[/url]? They are really old reptiles - the adults can eat once in six months and breathe once and hour!! :o No wonder they
sit about not doing much!!
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we had a little rest by a waterfall
then went to visit the kiwis
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we had a photo with this big guy but couldn't take photos inside because kiwi are nocturnal and bright lights scare them
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Now we are in the Government Gardens
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this building used to be the bath house - people came here to bathe in the mineral waters for their health, now it is a spa, art gallery and museum
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the water from this pool is 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius - this goes to the spa, too hot for me  :o
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these carved posts surround a memorial to the Maori soldiers who went away to WW1
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lake Rotorua
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this water was boiling up out of the ground - it had a strong sulphur smell like rotten eggs  :(
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On the way home we drove through Te Puke and had a look at the big kiwifruit - thee is a big industry here growing kiwifruit.
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Early night for us, we had had such a busy day!!
Love and hugs

Binky
xxooxx

* Posted Jan 29, 2012, 2:50 am Last edited Jan 29, 2012, 3:08 am by fleursmum [Quote] Go to the top of the page


 

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