Leaving Mt Maunganui we headed south to Papamoa, another beach front area which has seen huge amounts of developments in previous years. We stocked up with food and petrol before heading towards Rotorua. We picked a great time of the year to travel……….berries!!! Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries by the punnet we devoured and they were cheap. We travelled pack lots of little vans who had set up on the side of the road selling not only berries but a range of stonefruits, avos and some vegies. All very cheap and very fresh.
We arrived in Rotorua and chose to stay at the Rotorua Themal Park on the outskirts of town. Again like many parks in Rotorua it had its own mineral pools, of differing temperatures as well as a fresh water pool for the children. We spent quite a lot of time in the pools over the 3 days that we stayed here.
The park was quite spacious and campervan areas were set in shady areas all close to the large kitchen and dining room. The amenities were clean with ample hot water.