Sorry for the dumb vertical filming; and, in case you were concerned, I don't really think that being born is gross.
After that adventure (which I skipped due to having to be zipped inside the ball and not having my swimsuit), we headed to the Redwoods forest which was right around the corner from our B&B.
|We decided to have dinner at Bistro 1284 which is famed for its beef and lamb. I had the red snapper (foreground) and Brian had the rack of lamb. The main entrees were very good but the desserts (which the guidebook had praised) left a lot to be desired and at NZ$18 each, were very overpriced.|
|After dinner, we headed to Hells Gate because it sounded so romantic - kidding! I had always wanted to try hot springs and mud baths and we got both here under the stars. We went late enough that there were only four other people there. It was interesting but I am not sure I will get the sulfur smell off me, ever.|
|On our way to our next destination, Wellington, we stopped at Wai-O-Tapu to see the geyser and the different geothermal wonders along a short hike. The place was packed and the sulfur smell gave me a bit of a headache but it was worth seeing.|
|We walked over to Chow for a yummy dinner of Asian fusion tapas - (seven spice tofu, blue cheese and peanut wontons, five spice curry, and coconut prawn dumplings). There wasn't a bite left when we were done. After dinner we walked around a little night market and sat in a bar waiting on some music to start. When it did, we wished it hadn't, so we headed for bed.|