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What will strike you first upon arrival in New Zealand -- is the HUGE delay at the immigration counters due to a lack of staff -- once you are out of the airport hours later, you'll be in the fresh air and among the rolling hills, stretched beaches, and if you go down to Rotorua, you'll feel closer to the centre of the earth than you have ever been.

Some places not to miss includes Auckland, Waitakere, Bay of Islands, Coromandel, Whakatane, Whitianga, Napier (for Art Deco), and of course - Rotorua! Near Whitianga is Hot Water Beach where for two hours either side of low tide, you can dig yourself into the sand and enjoy the hot spring waters. Just north is Hahei and from its lookout point of this attractive beach (named after the Maori Chief Hei) there is access to Cathedral Cove and the Marine Reserve.New Zealand is a place I could live....once I'm done with the rest of the world!

Sheep sheering - New Zealand style

Feeding the lambs - so thirsty!

Theodore's thrilling curves

"Rustoff" the Ram

The Rotorua area, south of Auckland, is filled with thermal activity. Almost everywhere you go, you'll either see sheep, or thermal steam vents...and if you don't see either...well, then you'll see green grass and blue skies. There are many places to experience the Geothermal Wonders of New Zealand. Try not to miss these: Hells Gate Thermal Reserve and Wai Ora Spa, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Waimangu Volcanic Valley,Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and the Whakarewarewa Village. I really enjoyed the Wai-O-Tapu thermal area which is further south of Rotorua and also Pohuto which is right in town.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area, South of Rotorua

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area, South of Rotorua

Living among the steam vents -- Pohuto, Rotorua

Hot bubbling mud pools

The edge of the boiling water pools forms colorful crystals

See how the water is boiling? Its damn hot!

Steam coming out along the road

Outside our Bed & Breakfast -- a steaming front yard!

Steam vents everywhere in the area

Champagne Pool in the Pohuto thermal area.This pool is only 2 metres by 3 metres but very very deep. Once every 90 minutes, light earth vibrations can be felt, after which the water starts to boil more heavily and the water level rises by about 2 inches. After about 2 minutes, the water level suddenly drops, the earth vibrations slow down, and the heavy boiling stops....and guess what...all around the pool Maori families live their normal lives in their modest homes!