Rotorua to Mount Maunganui
We were leaving Rotorua and heading for Bay of Plenty, Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Mount Maunganui was about 60km south of Rotorua. I really hoped that the weather was going to get better as we were moving away from Rotorua. I was sick and tired of this rain!
We had a lunch at a cafe in Te Puka, which was a small town on the way to Mount Maunganui.
Mountain of chips with a big dollop of mayonnaise. I'm tired of having these potato dishes because I had too much of them during my stay in Ireland. Mashed, hash browns, boiled and fries...they're all almost alike!
Classic ketchup bottle. That was funny! I thought I wanted to get one for myself....
We arrived at Mount Maunganui but we were still in the rain. I heard that Mount Maunganui was well-known for both its long beautiful beach and it was very popular for surfers. There were lots of surfers although it was nasty weather. They seemed be tough...if I were them I definitely wouldn't surf on such a terrible day. I would probably just stay home and watch TV!
We went to a fish market. There was a great variety of fish. However most of them were cut so I was not sure about the name of the fish.
There were many unfamiliar beers for Japanese. I'd never seen New Zealand's beer in Japan. I really hope to drink all kinds of them! This might be the next travel purpose of New Zealand....
Andy made a wonderful dinner for us. Freshly grilled cut fish, topped with cheese and onion, and a green salad was served. I was very glad that potato wasn't served with them!