Trip Start Aug 17, 2011
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Rotorua town is named after the lake it is next to. It is in a geothermal area. This means it often smells quite sulphurous, some areas are particularly bad and the smell like rotting eggs can make you gag! But it does mean that there are plenty of thermal baths, something the area have been famous for for centuries. Our house over looks a thermal park, which is basically a park with the occasional pool of boiling mud or eggy steam
Rotoruas other big attraction is the luge and cable car. The cable car takes you up a mountain and the you go back down on a slide of concrete in a little go cart (minus an engine). You can get pretty fast and going round the corners can be pretty scary. Last time Simon was here he came away with a nasty infected graze and we met a guy half way down with a dislocated shoulder, it can be pretty dangerous!
For some reason we cant work out Rotorua is known as 'Roto-Vegas'. We dont think it is because of the busy night life or the abundance of casinos. Maybe because it is where all the tourists go. We are really not sure!