Holiday Photo Album Rotorua to Auckland, New Zealand 

Album 11 - After speaking to some backpackers at the DoC campsite we had directions to some of the best free-entry natural-state geothermal areas around Rotorua. The Waiotapu Loop Road with its mud pools and steaming lakes, swimming at the junction of two spring-fed creeks (one hot and one cold) and the beautiful Kerosene Creek were highlights. Leaving Rotorua, we chanced upon the exciting Tutea Kayak Competition which goes over falls and down rapids. We then walked around Mt Maunganui and explored the Karangahake Gorge and historic rail loop. Campsite 24 was at the Kauaeranga Valley DoC in the Coromandels. Unfortunately it poured rain all through the Coromandel Peninsula (flooded) but the Cathedral Bay walk was still spectacular. We camped at Rays Rest (campsite 25) and enjoyed the view over the Firth of Thames and the lovely sunrise before heading to Auckland. Click on the thumbnails below to access larger photos and information about our travels. Go to the Map of New Zealand to see the entire route and select another web album.
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Mud Volcano

Waiotapu Loop

Waiotapu Thermal

Springs Junction

Natural Hot Springs

Rainbow Mountain

Steaming Lakes

Kerosene Creek

Hot Water Falls

Blue Pools

Mud Pools

Golf Hazard

Tutea Kayak Comp

Kaituna River

Okere Falls

Kayak the Falls

End Of Course

Mt Maunganui

Summit Walk

Coastal Track

Karangahake Walk

Ohinemuri River

Talisman Powerhouse

Gorge Walk

Karangahake Gorge

Rail Tunnel

Old Rail Bridge

Waitawheta River

Woodstock Battery

Gold Mining

Hotoritori Campsite24

Hoffmans Pool

Tapu Beach

Waiomu Picnic Area

Fresh Salt Line

Thames Coast Road

Coromandel Harbour

Kuaotuno Beach

Whitianga Beach

Hot Water Beach

Cathedral Cove Walk

Cathedral Arch

Cathedral Bay

Cathedral Beach

Gemstone Bay

Flooded Crossing

Rays Rest

Sunrise near Miranda

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