Just before Christmas some friends of ours from Canberra, Susie and Patrick, got in touch with us and told us they were going to Rotorua to go mountain biking on holiday. So we used this as a great excuse to make the annual biking pilgrimage to Rotovegas, as well as catch up with friends. We spent 4 days riding over 30 km a day of the different tracks at Rotorua with Susie and Patrick and their friends Sam and Ben. The tracks even held up pretty well after a 24 hours of torrential rain. The kids - Max (11), Nikita (9), Josh (8), Mia (6) and Thea (6) all did really well. They improved a lot and rode as long as 20 km on some days.... I don't think I will be able to keep up with them all in a few years.
We also made sure we dragged them to our favourite hot pools at Kerosene Creek.
Relaxing in the warm waters of Kerosene Creek
We also couldn't go past checking out the mud pools....and the Aratiatia dam release...