We left Rotorua on Sunday morning the 5th to do some sightseeing on the way down to the ferry to the South Island on Monday. Our first stop
was to see the Blue and Green Lakes—two adjacent lakes with distinctly different colors. From there, we looped back through Rotorua and headed down the “Thermal Highway” through New Zealand’s volcanic plateau taking in many of the geothermal features along the way. You can see many pictures of these areas in the Picasa link. Hard to summarize in words, but it is safe to say that the color of my shirt does, in fact, occur in nature!
After passing Taupo and missing the mountain biking there we headed south to Leven and spent the night. We stopped at Huka Falls on the way down. Even Becky thought that it was not raftable!.
In the morning, we were up and out to the Ferry to Picton on the South Island, again passing more good mountain biking along the way. We’ve decided that we need at least 9 weeks to do this trip. We arrived in Marlborough to find a climate not so different than the South Central Coast in California.
On the South Island, we start with a day in Marlborough and more Sauvignon Blanc and then visit Punga Cove in Marlborough Sounds to ride Queen Charlotte Track.