23 to 29 October 2009
We drove from the Bay of Islands to Hamilton. Morning coffee was at Kawakawa to see the Hunderwasser toilets. Lunch was at Warkworth, a lovely village known for the ducks, who can say part of the town’s name ‘wark, wark…’
We had a night in Hamilton, catching up with Paul. He showed us the beautiful Waikato River and the home of Riff Raff.
We then travelled on to Otorohanga, home of Kiwi House and then the Waitomo Gloworm Cave and Ruakuri Cave.
We visited the smelly Rotorua, Orakei Korako (The Place of Adorning). We took the ferry trip across Lake Ohakuri on the Waikato River where there are hot springs, geysers and a geothermal cave.
We also visited Te Puia, New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute and thermal valley.