Here Comes the Rain

Day 23 & 24: May 11 & 12 – Taupo to Rotorua*

*Cycled Taupo to Broadlands, drove Broadlands to Rotorua

Daily Distance = 25.66km, Trip Total = 676.55km, Today’s Climb = 144m

My parents had been watching the news earlier in the week and heard that the remnants of cyclone Donna were likely to hit north island New Zealand today.  Since then we had been keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts and they were pretty consistent that the area we were in were going to experience a lot of rain and strong winds, gale force at times.  So I decided to wake up early and get as much cycling in as early as possible before the weather struck.

I was on the road shortly after 7:30am (sunrise is currently just after 7am).  I cycled for about an hour and a half along Broadlands Road.

Broadlands road - at this stage it had a beautiful wide shoulder. I had also learned the day before that this road is used for the local Ironman, which I saw evidence of painted on the road

Broadlands road – at this stage it had a beautiful wide shoulder. I had also learned the day before that this road is used for the local Ironman, which I saw evidence of painted on the road

Unfortunately the shoulder did not stay with me, but this road had relatively light traffic, so was enjoyable to cycle on

Unfortunately the shoulder did not stay with me, but this road had relatively light traffic, so was enjoyable to cycle on

This area also had a lot of large farms

This area also had a lot of large farms

 

Shortly after 9am my parents picked me up and we drove to Rotorua where it started pouring rain within 1/2hr of arriving in Rotorua.  My parents and I said our g’byes as they needed to drive to Auckland today to catch their flight tomorrow.  I am definitely going to miss the company and having a car to hop into whenever I want, but I am also looking forward to seeing what lay ahead!  I decided to send my tent and a few articles of clothing home with my parents to try to lighten the load.  I think I’m going to skip out on camping on this trip and instead continue to lean towards the comfort and convenience of hostels and hotels. :)

My hotel room today had a pretty cool view of a geyser in Te Puia

Room overlooking Te Puia - the geyser constantly had steam coming out of it and the mud pool was always bubbling

Room overlooking Te Puia – the geyser constantly had steam coming out of it and the mud pool was always bubbling

View from my room and evidence of the geothermal area

View from my room and evidence of the geothermal area

A closer view of the mud pool

A closer view of the mud pool

 

The majority of the day was spent resting as I had limited wifi and the rain and winds were pretty strong so I chose to hold off on any exploration of the town until tomorrow in the hopes that the rain would settle down.

I did however get some picture updates of Dash from her sitters, so thought I would pass a couple of them along for those who want a Dash fix :)

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She looks pretty comfy and happy!

She looks pretty comfy and happy!

 

The next day I stayed in Rotorua to continue waiting out what is hopefully the majority of the rain and wind going through the area.

The view of the geyser from my hotel on the 2nd day - notice the wind has now changed direction from yesterday!

The view of the geyser from my hotel on the 2nd day – notice the wind has now changed direction from yesterday!

 

Mid-day it was still raining quite heavily, but I decided to get all of my rain gear on and walk the 3km to Kuirau Park which I had been told is definitely worth the visit.  This park, like many of the parks that we have been to in New Zealand are free admission.  Actually, I don’t think a single park that we have entered yet has had a fee with it.

Kuirau Park is also a geothermal area and you can see steam and bubbles in the water.  It may have been tougher to see today just because of how heavily it was raining but it was still worth checking out.

Evidence of the amount of rain over the last 24+ hrs

Evidence of the amount of rain over the last 24+ hrs

There is a trail under those 2-3 inches of water!

There is a trail under those 2-3 inches of water!

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Signs of the geothermal activity in Kuirau Park

Signs of the geothermal activity in Kuirau Park

The road leading into Kuirau Park

The road leading into Kuirau Park

These birds have been all over New Zealand - I haven't actually looked up what they are yet

These birds have been all over New Zealand – I haven’t actually looked up what they are yet

A field of birds!

A field of birds and evidence of rain!

 

The rest of the day was all about getting some more R&R with some frequent checks of the weather forecast.  They are calling for the system to start to clear overnight, fingers crossed it does! :)

2 comments

  1. Chuck says:

    So, New Zealand, is not the only place getting rained on. We heard when we landed that one of the concerts had to be moved to a new location due to the height of the water in Lake Ontario. Don’t think I have heard this one before. (Somewhere in Toronto)

  2. Chuck says:

    Tami, it has been wonderful for dad and I to be along for your ride. Enjoy the rest of your trip stay safe.
    It definitely was a fun adventure.

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