16.06.2008 - 17.06.2008 11 °C
The past couple of days have been great! We left Auckland and drove south to Rotorua. By the time we arrived in the town it was pretty dark so we headed to a huge Lidl style supermarket, bought some supplies as we were going to cook with the gas stoves provided with the van. As we were packing the food into the vans we met this older couple who invited us to camp in their garden! They were lovely folk, and although we were a little cynical, it turned out really well! We followed their car to the Waikite Valley (where the water is boiling hot and rises from the ground!) Got to their house which is huge - they have 4 horses, 2 dogs, a cat, 10 acres of land, neighbours are ages away, and a huge garage with a pool table and table tennis!! So me and Elisa got cooking the Pasta bolognese, opened up the beer and chilled out whilst the boys played pool with the family and their son who is our age.
We headed to bed early in the campervan - quite a comfortable sleep but I got a little too hot in my fleece, hat and sleeping bag. The weather's been very Scottish-esque - so lots of rain! But the scenery is also like scotland - all hills and cows and mountains - beautiful!
The family have allowed us to park/camp in their drive-way again tonight, so today we went to the Waikite Valley thermal pools for a swim - they were amazing! Just lots of pools at various tempertures varying from 37 degrees to 47 degrees - very hot but very relaxing! The boys left early and headed hunting with the family (hunting wild pig and the likes)
Me, Elisa and Jane are wandering around Rotorua for a wee while, then we're heading back to the house for a BBQ (eating the son's wild pig he hunted!)
We leave tomorrow for Taupo!
God Bless x