Continuing south along the Thermal Explorer Highway, we arrive in Taupo, home to a number of interesting geothermal features and an enormous crater lake formed during one of the largest eruptions in the past 70,000 years.
We explore the bubbling, boiling, hissing, and steaming geothermal attractions in amazing Rotorua, on New Zealand’s North Island.
We pick up our Jucy rental car, which we used to travel all around New Zealand’s North and South Island for six weeks. First stop – the Waitomo glow worm caves just south of Auckland.
We ascend Auckland’s Sky Tower (the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere), meet up with Erik’s old friends, learn more about New Zealand’s maritime culture, and see a famous comedian in the country’s biggest city.