The following day we went for a walk in the redwood forest. Tall and strong trees, young compared to the kauris, but huge and majestic. The kids did a quiz trail and got a certificate and the adults marvelled at nature!
The day turned to rain but we went to visit a friend of Helens who lives on the next door lake, Okareka. Despite the pouring rain, we got a boat tour of the lake(including snooping into the back gardens of the huge expensive houses) and the twins even got a trout fishing(unsucessful) trip. They got another hot-tub experience (cant keep them dry!) and the rest of us all had a great time chatting in the dry!
This is a Tui, another native bird who sings a lovely tune and has two white pom poms on his throat which wiggle as he sings. He is a fabulous blue-green colour. I spent a very happy half an hour watching him up a tree in Janes garden.
The next morning we were up and on the water early canoeing round the Lake Tarawera. A great way to explore the water. We packed up the bach and H&G headed home and the Heathfields headed into Rotorua again. We saw a water plane land on the lake and went to the Maori church. We went up the mountain in a cable car and had a whale of a time on the luge track and chairlift combo. A taste of the kiwi-adventure thing!