Rob and I pronounced it rO-tURa the entire time planning our trip. We relearned quickly, it's supposed to be rO-tOE-rUA. We learned this from Graham an Katherine while we rented a room from them in the lovely city of Rotorua. Our housemates made a fantastic breakfast every morning with cereal, fruit, homemade jam, and something (that completely disgusted Rob) known as Vegemite. We laughed about possums. Google a New Zealand possum then imagine you've seen an American opossum for the first time -- it's terrifying! They thought we were lying to them; that they couldn't look like that!

Rob and I mostly walked, and walked, and walked. We walked to the town square through a huge park full of Redwood trees and we walked to the Polynesian Spa on trails surrounded by bubbling pools.

The spa was natural hot spring fed pools overlooking a lake and mountains. The showers there had the best water pressure of any shower I've ever taken. Somehow I lost just my socks in the locker room there. We never did find them.

This is the third post of our New Zealand trip. Don't miss the Auckland and Hobbiton posts!

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