#momentswithyou at the Te Puia Geothermal Valley.
First stop on our roadtrip of the North Island!
The boyf and i are both landscape photographers, so our kind of attractions usually involves getting out of the city. We rented a RAV4 (our first time driving overseas!) and made our way down south of Auckland, with me playing navigator and entertainment sidekick. Or rather me being the one singing out loud and having a private party while the boyf was concentrating on the road.
I’m such an awesome roadtrip buddy ha.
Rotorua is about a 4hr drive from Auckland, past the many green fields and herds of cow and sheep. Located just a short drive from the city centre, it’s hard not to miss the unbelievable smell even with the windows closed (you’ll understand what i mean if/when you’ve been there). Te Puia is a geothermal valley, and is in fact home to a number of geysers – Pohutu being the main. The grounds is a lot bigger than expected and due to time constraints, we weren’t able to cover the entire area and do the nature walk that’s also within the vicinity. There is also an optional cultural experience where you get to witness Maori performances and if you’re after something different, they do night tours as well.
I actually walked back and forth through the steam of the Pohutu geyser because i thought it’d make a cool shot (like fuh, mysteriously emerging out of nowhere). I was probably too in the zone because the smell didn’t hit me until later haha.
The things we do for pictures hey.
Photographer – B and myself