Go East! Gisborne to Rotorua

This morning we woke up bright and early to walk down to the beach to watch the sunrise. Reason being, on March 20, 2010, we where the first people in the world to see the sunrise. And what a perfect sunrise it was, even though we where freezing our butts off.

Gisbrone Sunrise

Gisborne Sunrise 2

Hostel on the Beach

Our hostel on the beach.

After going back to bed for a quick nap, we had a very leisurely day. I got a chance to go down to the beach after it had warmed up quite a bit, to work on my still very non-existent tan.

After a nice lunch, we then headed out onto the road towards Rotorua. However, about 40 mins into the drive we realized we had forgotten about two Belgium girls that had done an activity that morning. It was a huge miss communication between several people. We ended up driving back and luckily everyone was in good spirits so we had a laugh about it.

The rest of the day consisted of a relatively long drive so we didn’t make many pit stops, just one to this thermal pool for a nice soak.

Hot Pools

Hot Pool 1

Hot Pool

Quite an interesting experience. The pool was hot, hot tub hot, not very deep, but you would walk around and hit patches of warmer and then colder water. As well as there was this copper colour to the water and these slimy bits of mud floating around that actually ended up dying my swimsuit this gross pink-orange colour .

To end off the evening, after we got into town we all headed out for drinks at one of the local backpacker bars for our final farewell.

Lava Bar Farewell

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    March 28, 2010 at 6:43 am

    That was a truly beautiful sunrise. Thanks for passing it along.

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    March 28, 2010 at 6:48 am

    First sunrise in the world, on my mom’s b-day. :)
    I hope that you are enjoying your awesome trip.

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    Bob Sagget
    March 28, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Why are all your friends blonde?!

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    March 28, 2010 at 7:31 am

    That’s a truly awesome sunrise! So beautiful there. Great pool photo :)

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    Scott Vclamp
    March 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Please don’t burn! Maybe the slimy bits of mud floating also ended up pre-tanning your skin a gross pink-orange colour? Well no, but fake tans are kind of orangish anyway.

    The words “final farewell” hit me. This has been an awesome time, and I hope this next year will continue to bring a whole new world to you Nadine. =)

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    March 29, 2010 at 8:12 am

    it must be great

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    March 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Please be careful in out harsh sun! I’m also curious to see if you come to my hometown, as well as Wellington. =)

    Safe journeys further south!

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    Dan Graves
    April 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Hey Nadine!

    What was the name of the beach hostel in Te Araroa? I’m planing a trip to NZ for next March and that looked awsome!


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