Our last couple of days in Auckland we explored on our own and joined the HF Holiday group for the rest of our New Zealand trip. We visited Devonport and Rangitoto.
Teaser: we spend a couple days in Rotorua. The prominent feature of this city is the lake with sulfurous vents. The smell of sulfur wafts through sections of the town. I can smell it here at my hotel. Nearby is the youngest, and maybe largest, thermal hot pool in the world. We visit Waimongu Volcanic valley. We also visit a redwood forest and Maori village.