The whole “champagne” day

Champagne pool

02 November 2016 – 290km

Waiotapu is only 30 minutes drive from Rotorua, but a must to see!

opal pool

We arrived around 8:45, the park opened at 8:30. We waked the first loop, until the Champagne pool, the most known attraction of the reagion.

Devil’s pool

Amazing, all the park is spectacular, and you must stay over there at least 3 hours!!! Please keep always in mind that the Lady Knox geyser is on his top at 10:30 punctually every day, and you need to go there with the car around 10:00 to get the best seat. The show will last from 10:30 until 11:00 and it is a must to see!

The other 2 loops should also be done, in my opinion… in any case you could spend in Rotorua the complet stay of your New Zealand! So amazing!!!


We decided to have a quick look of the Huka fall and the lake Taupo.

Huka Falls
We did not spend so much time in lake Taupo because of rain, but as in any place in New Zealand, you could stay there at least 1 week doing every day something new!

Acacia Bay – Lake Taupo

We spend the end of our day in a winery, the Mission estate, one of the best of New Zealand. Please be advice that the cellar and the tasting is available until 17:00. Anyhow you could eat at the gourmet restaurant of just taste some cup of wine in the grass I front of with a good and tasty selection of cheese and home made bread!

Mission estate
Already tipsy
Cheese, homemade bread and wines


Coromandel peninsula

It was a long incredible winding road (358km in total), from Coromandel Town to Rotorua along the Coromandel Peminsua.

We got some food at the supermarket in Coromandel Town, the a stop at the smokery to have some good salmon and a smoked 8 years old cheese and then we drove just 10 km of the 309 road that is going deeply through the bush. Really amazing, but the we decided to drove back thought the costal way. I do believe that was a great idea!

The bush along the 309
309 gravel road
Spectacular!!! The scenic point just up to the hill is giving you a great 360 view of the Coromandel Bay.

Scenic view on Coromandel town Bay

Ospito beach is just in the middle of nowhere, but really a great place to have a rest or just to spend your time or even your life!!!

Opito Bay

Then we reached Whitianga, a nice city, were we hike for a 25 minute 1 way (1.70km 130m slope) to reach the Cathedral cove, an amazing beach where you could stay for a complete day, just relaxing with the blue ocean around

Cathedral cove
Cathedral cove
Cathedral cove

We ate in Hahei beach, also estonishing and then we drove to Waihi Beach, quiet, no one, al for us… sometimes I do really wonder why should I not decide to stay more in some places…

Bay of plenty

Waiting Beach

But we would continue and we just reach Rotorua!