Rotorua Recap

April 24, 2017

AHH I loved Rotorua! It has a bad rep because the town smells like Sulfur.. I mean big time. New Zealand is so unique for a variety of reasons, this one in particular is the “thermal activity” seen throughout this area in the North Island. Throughout the town centre one can see steam rising along the horizons where there are these little mud pools (fenced off) with 100C+ temperatures produce a sulfur gas which is released making the town smell like someone has constantly just lit off a ginormous firecracker!

We spend about 10 days here. We camped in our tents most of the time. When Emma and I first arrived, it was forecasted to thunderstorm for about 48-72 hours so we splurged and got ourselves a hostel. This was nice bc we returned here the remaining days whenever we needed to take a shower! Haha we just snuck in and used the facilities. When you are camping for 3+ months, you learn to do what you gotta do.. and I have been quoted saying showering is “one of my favorite things in the world” so I can’t go too long without one! haha.

Also in Rotorua we visited some lakes as you can see below. We did an overnight hike to this one place called “Hot Water Beach” bc there was a stream of boiling water from below the ground that empties into this massive lake. Therefore, there are warm pockets where people wade in near where the hot river meets the lake. We fond it rather uncomfortable bc it was either kinda hot or WAY TOO HOT to even stand. I got burnt more than I relaxed.. As mentioned, it was an overnight hike which was my first time doing so! I loved it.. also, the next day when we hiked back to the car after camping, a HUGE wind and rain storm came through. One at first would think that hiking through this would suck.. but after you get soaking wet it stops really mattering. What was cool was being alone on this trail in the middle of the forest and seeing this storm unfold! Branches were falling and leaves were getting blown sideways across the trail. It was so cool to see nature unfold in an area so remote and in such an intimate setting.

Lastly, in our near two weeks in Rotorua, we visited a “Thermal Wonderland” which is shown beneath too. It is a tourist place to show all the thermal activity in the region. VERY cool stuff and worth every penny in my opinion! There are photos of this incredible place below as well!

Ahh, OK so the longer I am in the States the more and more I am missing New Zealand. It is such an incredible place with such an easy life. If only it wasn’t so damn secluded from everything else in the world! The reason I fell in love with NZ was the reason I ended up wanting to leave. Funny how what is attractive changes over time.

All in all.. New Zealand is the bomb. 

Thanks for reading – This makes me want to get back into writing more again. I miss it.

Champagne Pools

January 29, 2016

Here is another take on Champagne Pools outside Rotorua in the North Island. It’s full of thermal activity and the liquid reaches over 100C. For a sense of scale, check out the tiny people in the left hand side of the frame. 🙌 Hope everyone has a good weekend!

jan 29

Just for Fun

January 9, 2016
Since my laptop isn’t really accessible while camping, my photos have sat dormant for almost two months now. I want to share them so bad but will have to wait. I needed some sort of outlet in the meantime..


Overnight Hike to Hot Water Beach

January 9, 2016
Helllllloooo! We just finished an overnight hike to Hot Water Beach via Tarawera Trail here outside in Rotorua. It was a 62km (~38mi) round trip hike with everything we needed on our backs: tent, sleeping bag, water, clothes and food. I embarrassingly never have done an overnight hike before and needles to say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Hot Water Beach itself was an interesting experience. Basically, it was a lakefront campsite where the beach had these few streams of boiling water making its way from the land towards the lake itself.. Therefore, it created warm pockets in the lake near these few tiny streams of boiling water. As I went to meet my friends in the lake, I accidentally stood in one of the streams. 😁🔥 l wasn’t the only one to burn their feet, we saw others accidentally stand in them too. The pockets of warm, OK boiling, water with cold was a strange experience. I’ve never been to cold (lake water) and hot (thermal water) at the same time in my life. At one point my foot felt like it was on fire while my back was shivering cold. The rocks you sat on would suddenly grow hot and burn your ass.. but then again it’s cold at the same time. 😳 It’s confusing. Then today during the walk back it rained and rained. It was quite pleasant actually hiking in the rain but when we got to the car and it started really pouring. Everything in the car got wet so we will have to dry that out whenever it’s sunny next. We treated ourselves to some dinner (& beers) and went to Kerosene Creek, a hot thermal stream, to soothe our muscles.. It’s been raining ever since but when I just went to brush my teeth, the clouds were parting and the Milky Way was making an appearance.. Let’s hope for some dryer days tomorrow. 🙏

Hope everyone’s well, thinking of my TX/CO #mates lately. Miss you fools.✌️ 


Champagne Pools @ Thermal Wonderland

January 6, 2015
Couldn’t wait for the high res image to share so here’s an iPhone snap of Champagne Pools in Rotorua. The smell of Sulfur is abundant and these thermal pools reach a temperature of 100C. This morning we went to Hot/Cold Pools where one river is steaming hot and meets a cold river. You can move around until you find your “ideal” temp. Rotorua is pretty awesome..