Hello everyone! If my last post didn't make much sense it was because I was super tired. Hopefully this one will be better!
So I am picking up where I left off, Rotorua! A little bit about Rotorua: it smells like rotten eggs because of the sulfur lakes, and it's a great place to learn more about the Maori culture. I spent my time in Rotorua at a hostel named "Crash Palace," and really enjoyed my time, after I got used to the smell. I did several things while in Rotorua. First, I visited the lovely (yet smelly) Rotorua Lake and just walked around town to get to know the area. The following day I took a bus to Taupo and went on a boat to see the Maori carvings.
I then followed that up with the Taupo Museum and Gardens before heading back to Rotorua. This garden was shown in London at a famous garden competition, and won! It was beautiful.
The following day I went to the Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park, WHICH WAS AMAZING!! I got to see the Kiwi birds for the first time! They are so sweet. They also had a park full of wildlife, which was a lot of fun. They have chickens that run around and beg for food. Here's a picture of an odd one!
Here is a giant bird of New Zealand that is extinct: There HUGE!
After that I visited the Rotorua Museum, that has a lookout.
All in all it was a great place for being a tourist. Lots to do, plenty to see, and a great range of food!