The 9-12 of May I went, by way of nakedbus, to Mount Maunganui, Rotorua, and Taupo. The Mount was beautiful and the weather though intermittently rainy was perfect for relaxing and wandering around. I hiked the Mount, walked the beach, read, went to the library (my new favorite way to get to know a new place - I went in Rotorua and Nelson too), and the bar for a good ale. Friday I went to Rotorua to do a bit of the same with an evening of Maori culture experiences including a traditional hangi (food cooked in the ground by hot stones). Saturday I was off to Taupo after a sit and read by Lake Rotorua. Taupo was more rainy, but I enjoyed a lovely thai dinner with a bottle of byo red wine to go with my duck. On Sunday before my return to Auckland I went for a bit of hike to the Huka Falls. Plenty of rest, reading, and sightseeing fulfilled my weekend to round out my central North Island travel.
|From the top of the Mount|
|Maori Warriors arrive by way of a waka|
|cultural show - after dinner we also went to see glow worms in their natural|
habitat on a bush walk- beautiful