So, as some readers may or may not know, I've been back in New Zealand since late August (more on why and so on in another post). To make the most of my time back home with my friends, we decided to go on a wee trip to the city of Rotorua last weekend!
|A view of Mount Ruapehu on the drive up.|
|Rotorua Museum, built in 1908, was originally a bath house which attracted many tourists.|
After arriving in the city and eating dinner in the city centres' "Eat Streat", we decided to visit Polynesian Spa for some hot spring action. It's fair to say I've become a big fan of relaxing in hot springs, so I was really looking forward to doing this in Rotorua. Polynesian Spa lies on the edge of Lake Rotorua, so you can look out over the beautiful lake whilst soaking in the wonderful natural minerals of the hot pools. Polynesian Spa has plenty of different types of bathing areas, including a family area, adult only area, and also private and luxury pools. My friends and I tried the adults only bathing. It was a very peaceful area and there were different pools to try, which was great. By the time we finished (well, actually, we only left because they were closing) I felt totally refreshed. It was a great first night on our trip!
|Just one of the many lovely pools at Polynesian Spa.|
|There were a lot of these signs in the park! Thermal areas are all fenced off for safety.|
|Steam is constantly rising from different parts of the park.|
|At the beginning of the hike my friends went on.|
|Flowers at the government gardens.|
|Dinner with the girls <3|
|#mudmask #nomakeupselfie #cantmovemyface #hashtag|
Kerosene Creek is a public place, so anyone can visit any time. There were only two other people when we arrived in the morning, but by the time we left (after midday), it was getting busier. I'd recommend visiting in the morning if you want some time to yourself.
Well, with that, it was time to start seriously heading home. We stopped in Taupo for lunch, but apart from that it was a straight trip back with some good tunes and banter. I had a great time away, and I'm so happy I got to spend a lot of time and have a lot of laughs with my friends. Thanks everyone!