Today three things were planned, First to do a tree top walk at Redwood, second go to the Okere Falls and third to explore Rotorua No booking was necessary at Redwood, just turn up, pay the $37 each which included the night time walk, and wear sensible shoes. We had to be able to walk swing bridges for 600 meters, there would be no going back, and of course not be afraid of heights. Hardly a soul about at 9 am, we had the place to ourselves, lovely because we could take our time
|Loads of cars parked but not for the tree walk.|
We were not quite the only ones on the swing bridge. Maintenance men, swinging from their harness and repairing the pop rivets.
Oh, and there was a good view of the Toy's top. All looked to be okay.
Took about an hour to get around the treetop walk, and then it was off to the falls, back along the SH30 for about 30 km. Didn't quite realise it was that far back otherwise we probably would have done it yesterday before going into Rotorua. We also hadn't realised that three falls were in the vicinity. two within walking distance of each other and the third a short drive up the road.
|Trout Pool Falls|
A cave was by Tutea Falls, one that could get you to another viewing platform. Only trouble, we didn't take a torch. I took photos using flash to make sure there were no hidden holes, the roofline was low, very low and when I saw what I would have to crawl through, I did wonder if I would fit!
|No problem for Ian|
|A tight squeeze indeed.|
Always steps whenever we go waterfall hunting. This time I counted 340. Some were ridiculously high, Clambering down wasn't too bad but going back up....I needed a hoist! At Trout Pool Falls I wanted to follow a track to see if I could find any Trout. Ian stayed behind, thought I was mad, actually he was right! Anyway when the track fell away sharply I decided it wasn't for me after all,
|Found a pool venting steam at last.|
We decided to walk into town, go visit the souvenir shops. Ian wanted to replace his hook necklace, It is believed to bring prosperity, good health and safe travel across water, very fitting considering our lifestyle
.A Christmas tree stood in the heart of the town, the first we have seen in North Island.
And this is the museum of Rotorua, magnificent. Shame it wasn't open.
I don't think I fancy eating here
|Check out the pigeons!|
And this seen at the treetop walk
Off to see the treetop lights tonight. Starts at 8.30 pm, hope its a good show.