I ruin instant coffee. From Connecticut - currently cruising in Australia.

Free Spa!!

There are so many hot water creeks/pools in the Rotorua area and this one would probably be the most popular with the Stray bus visiting there and tourist hot spot. Go early! I went on a Saturday and around 10 was when the Stray bus was leaving and it was fairly quiet. The creek itself is also much bigger than I expected! The first spot is smaller and the water flow is almost strong enough to feel like a massage on your back ;) the second spot is much bigger space to hang around. Going down to the bottom can be slippery so be careful! The area can be known for trouble sometimes. It's advised to try to not make it obvious you're life is in your car and bring your stuff to the other side of the creek so it's easier to keep an eye on it.

Perfect.

When Rotorua has a perfectly sunny day and it's in the 30's, you know the right thing to do is to go enjoy some of Rotorua's amazing nature. And Lake Tikitapu is a local favorite with clear and clean blue water, grassy edges, and a sweet 5km+ walk around the lake! Going clockwise when I went, the beginning of the walk on the lake edge was overflowing the trail and the walk was a bit wet, but after a quarter of the way the elevation picked up. I loved when we got to a smaller beach on the other end of the lake (which you could also park near.) A lot quieter from the main lakefront. The walk itself was through open trails surrounded by tall trees! Highly recommended before a cool swim, after or both!

Unreal backpacking trip

I found words hard to put together for this backpacking trip. So much natural beauty, so much to see, such open land, and so many different angles to see everything! It's so different from any backpacking trip. But because it's so exposed, one must absolutely prepare for the conditions and hike with caution! Do hike Mt. Tongariro and do hike Mt. Ngauruhoe. Do backpack with a little bit of wine and do enjoy it over the amazing sunset Tongariro will present you.