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We spent the next morning / early afternoon cycling around Rotorua. Not on our own though, but with the Happy Ewe Cycle Tours. Described as a “leisurely ride around the heart of Rotorua. With no hills and little traffic, it’s easy for anyone to do.” A nice change of pace compared to the previous day of zorbing & white water rafting. (and things to come in Waitomo)

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A park we went through. The clear spring is neutral water while the blue/green spring right next to it is actually alkaline.

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Ohinemutu Tama-te-kapua (Meeting House)IMG_7595IMG_7598IMG_7600

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The world’s largest man-made floating wetland. (With the letters R-O-T-O-R-U-A in it)IMG_7610IMG_7612

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Acidic Pool.IMG_7632

Alkaline pool. (One of nature’s best skin products)IMG_7635IMG_7636

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The last of Madam Rachel’s bathing boxes. Back in the early 1800’s she conned people into thinking that the spring water (equivalent to vinegar) would cure ailments. IMG_7638IMG_7639

Rotorua Museum – Opened as the “Great South Seas Spa” in 1908. (But didn’t do so well and eventually closed down)IMG_7650IMG_7652IMG_7653IMG_7660

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Afterwards we headed out into farm country and to the Agrodome. There we took in their Farm Show.

Learned about 19 amazing sheep breeds.IMG_7763

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Amy got to milk a cow!IMG_7813

Feeding baby lambs.IMG_7675IMG_7819

Watching the expert sheepdogs.IMG_7864IMG_7871

Sheep….

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On the way back to Rotorua we stopped in for a walk at the Hangarua Springs.IMG_7949

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The spring is 15 meter deep and has a flow of roughly 1,250L per second. IMG_7963

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Until next time….

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