By the time we reach Highway 5 (also known as the Thermal Explorer Highway) we are driving through forest. Then we slip along the shores of Lake Rotorua, arriving in Rotorua at the townhouse we have rented at 1:30 pm. Pretty good timing considering a couple of stops along the way.
After unpacking and some relaxing in our new digs we drive less than 10 minutes to the downtown area of Rotorua to find an early dinner. Hennessy's Irish Pub wins our business. I truly enjoy the tempura style fish and chips and William is in heaven as he tucks into a ribeye surrounded by peas.