Posted by: Tanmoy Chakrabarti | January 29, 2013

Rotorua – I

The volcanic landscape of New Zealand left me awe-struck when we did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and I wanted more of it. Obviously, the nearly eight hours walk over a very rough terrain (definitely by our standards) tested us to the extreme, but the spectacular views were the most memorable ones I have ever witnessed.  I just cannot (still), believe volcanoes which are so devastating  can create such spectacular landscape consisting of vegetation, craters, mud pools, rock formations, geysers and what not.  Last November, Togariro (the mountain that defines the crossing we walked back in 2009), erupted again (after a while!), hence giving us that funny feeling that we walked on molten magma waiting to erupt. In some ways, sends a bit of a shiver down the spine. 

In last couple of years not only we have aged, but a lot have changed in the family as such. Planning a trip such as Togariro is not very easy for us. Hence, time and again I had a look at the photos that we took and waited for that time when we could go back to experience volcanic landscapes. Hence, the first opportunity we got we booked a trip to Rotorua, in the Bay of Plenty area of the North Island. 

Rotorua is known for its geothermal activities and has plentiful of geysers, mud pools and hot thermal springs.  It also has 17 lakes spread across the region. Given the different needs and requirements of my fellow travellers (parents, little child and wife), it was perhaps the best place where we could go to quench my thirst to visit volcanic remains as well as not involve testing climbs etc. 

Hence, we took the morning bus on India’s republic day and in four hours time we reached Rotorua.

Like every other town in New Zealand, Rotorua is clean and tidy. Flower beds beautify the street dividers. From the tourism office, we walked and reached our hotel, checked in, dropped our bags in our rooms and hit the streets. After having lunch in a Thai restaurant, we took out the map and walked towards Rotorua Museum. (picture on top).

Tourism Rotorua Office

Tourism Rotorua Office

Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua

Lake front

Lake front

Ducks

Ducks

[Pardon me for writing this as a series]

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