Rotorua 1: Off for some lakeside living
A long summer’s weekend staying in a lakefront holiday home? Don’t mind if we do!
At the end of the school holidays we took Mike’s boys away, continuing a custom started a couple of years ago. So far the destinations have all been different and drawing inspiration from our lakeside experience last year, we chose the central North Island destination of Rotorua.
Thanks to a string of public holidays, the first part of the year here is usually fantastic for short working weeks (lessening the blow of returning to work after the Xmas/New Year break), and we supplemented this by taking a couple of days of annual leave. Hence it was a Wednesday morning when we set out.
A few hours of driving was necessary but made easier by the beautiful fine day, coffee, and gadgets to distract those in the back seat. Summer was definitely in the air and we had fantastic clear views to high pointy landmarks.
Lake Taupo, and a favourite swimming spot of the men/boy-folk, was deemed a necessary stop. (I went all out and got my feet wet.)
Another hour’s drive took us to Rotorua.
The Rotorua region has several lakes and after mulling over a few house options, one at Lake Okareka was decided upon. This is a smaller lake, nestled between its bigger neighbours Rotorua and Tarawera. Only about 10 minutes from town yet off the beaten track, and home to about 600 people.
Sounded good – and it was!
The scene was set for two busy-yet-chilled-out days.