07.04.2012 - 08.04.2012
We stayed 2 nights at Crank Backpackers, it seemed the building was modeled around a multi-storey car park, but we've already learnt - you get what you pay for!
The whole town smells like egg, thanks to the sulphur that comes from the nearby geysers. But it means the whole town is powered by geothermal energy, so you win some you lose some.
The first night we met some nice people and had a chilled movie night - complete with copious amounts of dominoes pizza and ice cream (as two separate dishes, i'm not weird).
On the second day we wanted to see the geysers, but the woman at the info centre told us it was $46 per person for entry - which is a ripoff considering its a natural attraction. She sympathized with our light wallets and told us we could follow a path to the back of the park and view the geysers from afar (for free).
We went one better however!
We walked to the park looking for this path she'd talked about, but couldn't find it anywhere. By this time, little Charlie's bladder was giving way and a quick visit to the restroom was in order. Charlie suggested going into the parks gift shop (which is by the entrance) to find a toilet, there was no toilet in the gift shop, so headed out through the back of the shop and low and behold - we'd managed to get lost so well, we'd got into the park for free!
- Dominoes pizza
- Te Puia geyser park (for free)
- Rotorua museum - first time I've ever had to pay for a museum and it wasn't even very good. Most of the 'history' they have there are stories about fairies and giants, maybe someone should let them know that doesn't really consitute as history?? Also, they had an exhibition on Anne Frank - who has absolutely zero relevance to Rotorua whatsoever.