The gateway to hell

Trip Start Oct 28, 2004
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Trip End Aug 08, 2005


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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

After leaving Hobbit Heaven we couldn't get enough of Lord of the Rings so we decided to drive to Rotorua which is known as the "gateway to hell" or simply to us: Mordor.

Having not showered in days, Mike paid for a room at a hostel and Molly and I reaped the benefits. Not only did we get hot showers and laundry facilities but upon our arrival we got free beer and pizza. Um, love free fun.

Rotorua is a hotbed for geothermal activity (no pun intended) so you can walk anywhere without seeing steam raising from the ground or mud bubbling. Hence the entire town smells of hardboiled eggs from all the sulfer. We walked around a steaming lake and despite signs to stay on the well formed path I ventured off to get a closer look at one of the steaming holes and had my foot fall right on in. It could have been one of the hottest things ever.

We spent our second night in Rotorua at Kerosene Creek, a hidden river that was naturally hot. We made dinner, hung out with our German camping neighbors (named Romeo and Bernie), drank 3 bottles of wine and sat in the hot, spa like creek for all hours of the night.

We had a good time in our little spot but definetly left smelling awful. The sulfer smell still hasn't left us. Ugh.
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