Holi-Day 5

So I have just woken up for over sleeping an afternoon nap (It is now 8pm). If that’s not a give away, I have had a very long and eventful day. We started bright and early with a breakfast cruise on the Lakeland Queen cruising around lake Rotorua. For once we were up early enough to see evidence that it was literally freezing.

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The cruise was fun and the food was nice. I may have gone a little overboard on the croissants though. Definitely went feeding frenzy on that buffet which is probably why I felt so crappy/sleepy this afternoon. We got to see a different perspective of Rotorua from the water which was steaming adding an even more mystical feel to the whole trip.

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After over indulging on the buffet we headed straight to Waimangu volcanic valley, a valley out in the country which involved doing a self guided 5 km walk looking at all sorts of cool geothermal features. I am a little bit of a science nerd so I got all up in those information boards.

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We took the walk at a pretty leisurely pace but it wasn’t all flat concreted paths. In fact despite being 7 degrees I ended up stripping off a couple of layers, I blame the stairs!

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But it was definitely worth it for the views! Below is a photo of the dormant Mt Tarawera and lake Rotomahana. It was crazy how quiet it was out there. It was a weekday in the middle of the day. We ran into 1 other group of people in the 3.5 hours we were walking. It was actually really cool to feel that isolated and close to nature!

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We even saw wild piglets eating wild blackberries! This was extremely exciting although I was nervous that mum and dad piggy were near by and waiting to pounce on us for getting to close to their babies.

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And at the end of it all we got rewarded with a beautiful lake and a kick ass view where we quietly watched all the different kinds of birds on the lake. Thankfully there was a bus that took us the 5 kms back to the visitors center because we were pretty shattered.

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Which leads me into what I ate today. I feel very bad for pigging out on the buffet this morning and I missed both my snacks 😦 mainly because I had a 5 hour nap. It is phase 2 today which means high protein. So yea breakfast kind of didn’t comply with that but as I have said before, I am on holiday so these cheat meals are guilt free. If you can’t indulge every once in a while then what is the point of life!

Breakfast: I totally lost count but here’s a picture of the 1st plate…

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Lunch: Lamb steak, cabbage, spinach, broccoli and hot lemon juice

Dinner: Chicken strips, cabbage, spinach, broccoli

A little boring but required for recovery after that buffet. Unfortunately I have another lunch buffet booked in for tomorrow so it will be two days in a row. And I have no where near as much physical activity planned for tomorrow so I will probably have to do a HIIT session or something.

Anyway Until tomorrow,

The Body Conscious Blogger

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