|Between Taupo and Rotorua the ground is covered in proof of geo-thermal activity. We find a wonderful place one hour drive off the main road with almost no tourists and take the boat over to a huge area filled with boiling mud, geysers and hot pools. In Rotorua we visit the luxury version of thermal activity at the Lake Side Spa retreat which has 4 pools of increasing temperature from 36 to 42 degrees. Katie and I sit here for more than an hour and can barely move at the end. After such pampering we linger somewhere over Cloud 9 and Frode gallantly offers to let us celebrate with wine while he drives us an hour north to Hamilton for our over night stop.