Drowned rats…but still smiling!

Last night was rather a chilly one, yet despite waking up shivering Elliot went for a swim in the ridiculously cold lake…I was going to join him, but the comfort of my bed and cozy duvet was just too hard to leave!
Redwoods was our first stop of the day and despite the cold and the rain we had a lovely and really amazing walk through the woods with the most magnificent trees all around us, hands down the biggest most impressive trees I have ever seen!
After our walk we headed to Wai-O-Tapu which is New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse volcanic area. We got there in perfect time to see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt at 10.15am which was rather cool. We went on a two hour walk around the craters and all the thermal colourful pools which were beautiful, and even though the sun wasn’t shining they were seriously impressive…and just a bit smelly!
We returned to the cafe at the end looking like drowned rats, clothes wet through, shoes squelching but still (of course) in great spirits…the free coffee also helped with that! We both have the attitude that, since we did decide to come here in winter, there is no way we can complain about the weather, just dress up warm and get on with it!
The next to things we tried to do were a bit of a miss. We first drove our little camper (which by the way we are loving and want to keep it forever) down to some hot springs, but when we got there we sort of lost the enthusiasm for getting even more wet than we already were and it was quite busy, so we decided to move on. That is the brilliance of our camper, we are completely free to do or not do whatever we want!
We drove on down to Aratiatia Falls to see the gates open and the water rush through…however even though we did get there perfectly on time AND drove over the bridge where the Aratiatia Falls are at the exact time the gates were opening, we managed to miss them! So on we went to Huka Falls, which were definitely the highlight of the day, we didn’t really know what to expect from them but I really recommend going! Huka Falls was absolutely stunning, I have never seen such amazing colours of the water and such power too!
By this point of the day we really were wet and cold, so we headed to a cafe for a quick bite to eat, to warm up, and use their wifi to get in contact with home quickly!
Our campsite was lovely last night, and I cooked pasta bolognese for dinner. A really lovely day with lots of walks, waterfalls, thermal pools and craters…seriously looking forward to tomorrow!
Have a great weekend!

Bye for now

XXX

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Lady Knox Geyser in all her glory
Lady Knox Geyser in all her glory
looking like a drowned rat!
looking like a drowned rat!
Biggest thermal pool
Biggest thermal pool
Wet through but still smiling!
Wet through but still smiling!
Seriously amazing pool
Seriously amazing pool
Classic tourist shot of Huka Falls
Classic tourist shot of Huka Falls

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