One Explosive Hike!

Lord of the Rings fans know it as Mt Doom – the volcano where the One Ring was created, and after extensive travels with Gollum and the Hobbits, the place of its destruction.  The rest of us peeps know it as Mt Ngauruhoe, the aesthetically-pleasing volcanic cone of Tongariro National Park. To access Mt Ngauruhoe, … More One Explosive Hike!

A Bath of Laughs

Lets be honest, gas is funny.  We know this from the countless kids fart books that are now readily available.  Gas equals hilarity, but unless the Gasser has eaten something really toxic, bystanders usually remain conscious.  Enter Cameron’s Laughing Gas Pool. Once again, I am writing about Sulphur Point, on the southern end of Lake … More A Bath of Laughs

Burn, Baby, Burn

In a previous post regarding The Coffee Pot, I mention Sulphur Point.  But where and what, pray tell, is Sulphur Point? No, it’s not the smelly beginnings of Hell.  It is actually a small peninsula at the southern end of Lake Rotorua.  After wandering through Government Gardens (a beautiful, free public garden), we accidentally found the … More Burn, Baby, Burn

Coffee Cures All

At the southern point of Lake Rotorua is Sulphur Point, a place that is historically important for a number of notable springs and mud pools.  One such pool is the Coffee Pot, with many people travelling to, and even camping by, its murky waters. The Coffee Pot was said to once be surrounded by manuka bushes; I can’t … More Coffee Cures All