still in te puia, a short walk along the geothermal valley was the pohutu geyser erupting (it can go up to 30 meters high!). the whole place was stinky with rotten egg smell = sulfur. best not to wear your best clothes here.
mud pool, boiling bubbling stinky mud and steam.
next we headed to lake rotorua, this little fella (black billed gull) came straight towards me, probably expecting food?
it was windy and the lake was choppy. but it was a really good place for bird watching. lake rotorua and mokoia island at the heart of the lake happens to be a bird and wildlife sanctuary.
birds are free and happy here.
sun is setting. time to head back to the motel.
along the way i saw this and quickly asked gene to stop the car. oh my goodness! it was a breathtaking sight for me, hundreds of birds flying and landing on water. my heart was bursting with joy!
close by, more thermal pools.
oh, and this is rosie, the cat from the motel. she's 3 times the size of kiki and super friendly.