...and got a birds-eye view of Tauranga. Simply beautiful! I don't know how many times I've been left amazed with the beauty nature of this country...and there are more to come!
We had lunch at a lodge about 45 minutes away from Tauranga...
I was hoping to see the places where they shot Lord Of The Rings but there wasn't enough time. Despite of that, I was left with my mouth wide open with other beautiful places I managed to set my eyes on.
Just before lunch, we were entertained by a Maori cultural performance. Very interesting! Now I know the symbolic reason behind them sticking out their tongue and buldging their eyes.
After lunch, we were all set for the cruise at the Tarawera Lake. Woohoo!
I had the chance to handle a jetski for the first time, assisted by our trusted bus driver, Peter.
I went round and round chasing waves which was a whole lotta fun! I could've done it all day but I had to give other people a chance. Don't wanna hog that thing now, do we? :)
There are parts of the lake where we can find natural thermal water. Somehow the water is heated from the earth below apparently from volcanic activities. I don't know the whole story but it was really, really hot! I tried sinking my feet in them...3 seconds later I was out again. Weird thing was the water temperature around it would go hot and cold...hot and cold.
The trip gets better and better...wait for the next part, coming up!