Well, we did go for a walk at dusk. Covered ourselves in mozzie spray and armed with a torch took the path leading up into the bush. We came to a lake and listened to the sounds of frog calls but saw no glow worms. On we went walking up a very steep slope with overhanging branches. Still, no glow worms. Ian shone the torch around and disturbed those birds already roosting for the night, but not a glow worm to be seen. We must have walked nearly a 1km before giving up. By now only the light from the full moon shone to show us the way back. Very disappointed but at least it got us out of the van for an hour and those night sounds.....chilling and very eerie!
This morning our journey took us to Rotorua. A geothermal hotspot, spouting geysers, boiling mud pools, warm geothermal springs and silica terraces. We had one stop on the way to look at the Waipapa dam near Arapuni village, not much to see really but pretty nevertheless.
|Lovely view of the dam to 'chew the cud'|
|Much too hot to bathe in|
|Catching the meat in mid-air.|
Before going back to the tourist park we headed off for a wander around Lake Rotorua and Sulphur Point.
|See next photo for a description of the bottom picture|
|Seaplane landing on the lake|