Saturday mornings Rotorua has a farmers market in Kuriau Park, so of course we need to check it out. We walk to the park on a cool but sunny morning. The market has about 30 vendors. We find a large number of food vendors with families gathered about enjoying their delicacies. A cup of coffee (for William) and a small creme filled pastry for me draw us in. The German style pretzels call to me, but I resist. There's also vendors with local produce and a handful or jewelry and clothing artists. We pick up some local fruits and vegetables and then head home.
In the afternoon we hike the Okere Falls Trek which runs along the Kaituna river. The river is popular for kayaking and rafting. The trek starts near Okere Falls which is a small waterfall on the same point as the remains of a power plant built in 1901. Another 15 minutes down the trail we descend to the observation point for Tutea Falls, which is claimed as the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall. It's exhilarating just to watch the kayakers handle the falls - we're not up to attempting the 7 km falls.
A kilometer hike later brings us to Trout Pond Pools. It is a popular trout fishing as well as swimming location, although we don't see anyone fishing this afternoon. This is not a loop trail, so the only way back to our car is to return along the same trail (all uphill.....just ask William). As we are walking I feel as if I have a muscle pull in my right knee. It's not terribly painful, just tender and annoying. William jokes that I'm always worried about him being able to walk a trail and here I'm the one hobbling along.
Hi. I'm Anne. I wander around the world with William.
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