Waking up on the lake was great because we caught sunrise on the water with black swans floating idyllically by. We took a walk around Rotorua lake until we got hungry enough for breakfast. Luckily, breakfast was right back at our camp spot. We made our food and coffee and ate on the benches by the lake.
After breakfast we stopped at Kuirau Park to soak our feet in the free geothermal public foot baths. The foot baths are shallow (too shallow for swimming) and a towel to sit on will prevent a wet `okole (butt). What a relaxing way to spend the morning!
Visiting Te Puia
Our first stop was Te Puia in the Te Whakarewarewa Valley. We really enjoyed our visit. We don’t have geysers and boiling mud pits in Hawaiʻi, so we enjoyed seeing the sights and the free guided tour brought it all to life. After we spent a few hours here we decided to head to Waiotapu.