Ok, now back to our road trip! After the glow worm caves, we made our way to Rotorura, home of natural mud baths and sulpher springs. (For our NZ friends reading along, sorry if I butcher some of the lingo). It has an interesting smell to it…kind of like…West Monroe, Louisiana! haha The sulphur springs smell a little bit like rotten eggs but we heard it was a well known spot in NZ so we had to check it out. I’m a sucker for marketing and infomercials so when we read this description of the place we were going to visit, we were on board!
- Very strong affinity to moisture in the skin making it an excellent product for promoting regenerating skin cells.
- Detoxifying and purifying action of the mud on the skin when drying.
- Highly active clay surfaces of the mud that easily absorbs excess oils and fatty secretions from within the skin’s pores.
- Bactericidal properties of the geothermal mud through it’s sulphur content which kill bacteria and assists in the prevention and elimination of acne.
After Rotorura, we headed to my favorite city on the North Island (so far). It’s called Napier and it’s on the eastern coast – home of about 58,000 people. There was an earthquake in the early thirties that ruined most of the downtown area in Napier so they re-built the whole city in Art Deco architecture. There is a huge festival every year where people dress up in 1920’s/30’s attire and they have a ton of events celebrating that era. Some of the events include a gatsby picnic on the lawn by the beach, a classic cars parade and steam train rides. Fun, huh? I was loving it all and would LOVE to go back for the festival but we aren’t sure if it will work out with our schedules. Fingers crossed! My apologies for my lack of pictures….I will do a better job.