The Magic Bus were trying out a new schedule to give people more time in Rotorua so we were only due to leave at 11:30, unfortunately the weather wasn’t great so we didn’t get to do much. It wasn’t long till our first stop at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland about 30 km outside of town to see the boiling mud pools. They reminded me of the bog in the Never Ending Story film, all seemed calm until the pressure built up and the mud would bubble and sometimes explode creating some amazing patterns.
Then it was on to Taupo, along the way stopping at a Honey shop and this huge Maori carving on the side of the road.
We also stopped at the Huka Falls again for those who had just joined the Magic Bus and thankfully the early morning rain had stopped and I got some more photos and a video of the massive volume of water flowing over the falls.
Then it was in to Taupo where we dropped our bags at the hostel and I went along to watch some of the others bungy jump. The one girl had dared our driver Buz to do a jump and they ended up doing a tandem. I have always been against bungy jumping and sworn that I would never do it but watching them do it I will admit I was tempted, but only tempted. Here are some shots of their jump at the very scenic bungy jump 47 metres over the Waikato river.
That evening we all walked down to Mulligans Pub for the backpackers dinner special and a chance to get to know everyone on the bus a bit better.