The showers continued on my final day in Auckland, making it the perfect day to spend the afternoon in transit. I had planned to spend the morning at Sky Tower, which with a height of 1076 feet makes it the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Unfortunately with visibility being what it was it just wasn't worth making the trip to the top, though on a sunny day it provides a great view of over 20 (dormant) volcanoes.
I spent my afternoon on a bus for the 4.5 hour ride to Rotorua, a town of 55000 known for its geothermal activity. The ride was very scenic, full of lush hilltops covered in sheep and cattle. Statisticians estimate that sheep outnumber people in New Zealand by 12 to 1!
I walked around Rotorua last night and covered the entire town in about 30 minutes. It has the feel of a Wild West town, though somewhat yuppified by all the tourism, sort of like Jackson Hole. Was a ghost town on a Friday night, however, perhaps because it's off-season for tourism here.