Part two! Rotorua, as a hot-spot for tourism and geothermal activity, could keep a visitor busy for days. We visited the Agrodome sheep-show in the morning, went zip-lining in the afternoon, and hot-mineral-pool soaking in the evening.
The best of the three was the zip line eco-tour of the forest outside Rotorua. The forest is virgin podocarp, which means it’s the kind of forest that once covered much of New Zealand, with this little pocket of forest having grown and grown until the soil underfoot is so deep that it springs when you walk.
The two guides that accompanied our family and another family of five (from southern California, as it happens) were great teachers, telling us about the forest and the plants and creatures it shelters. And they were utterly safety-conscious, which put us at ease to enjoy sailing briskly through the forest air, climbing rope-and-slat bridges, and perching on high platforms necklacing the majestic trees.