lakeland queen cruise, rotorua

Our original trip to White Island was cancelled due to weather, so Hubby drove us over
to Rotorua for a lunch cruise on the Lakeland Queen, a gorgeous paddleboat.

We had seen black swans along the edge of the lake before, but today was scaups.

While we took a one-hour cruise around Lake Rotorua, we had a lovely lunch buffet.
The food was fabulous and the crew were awesome.

I love the idea that we were on a paddleboat.

The weather in Rotorua wasn't much better, but it was lovely to see the scenery 
from a different perspective.

This church  on Lake Rotorua is part of the Ohinemutu Maori Village.

You can take tours of different types of buildings but the weather kept us in the car.



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Okere Falls

 Hubby finds the best stuff to see when he plans our holidays!
One stop was at Okere Falls Scenic Reserve which is a small but gorgeous place.

There were ferns of all kinds growing along the walkways.

It seemed like forever, but I did make it to the bottom of Hinemoa's Steps! Click here for her story.

The roar of the water was fantastic to hear.

The following photos are Hubby's that he took at the Trout Pool Falls.