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Thanks to jet lag, three days into my solo trip to New Zealand, I was an early riser, and at a total loss for how to spend my seemingly endless mornings before most tours began. At the recommendation of a hostel roommate, I decided to venture to the Polynesian Spa for some early morning R&R.
She told me that evenings were a more popular time to frequent the spa, but I wanted to skip the crowds and take a dip before the rest of my adventures for the day. Who knows, I thought — maybe I would find the place deserted.
I was rewarded with peace, and with a smattering of locals and tourists about 40 years older than me. Everyone seemed to have their own morning routine in the mineral pools, and the area remained surprisingly quiet.
It was perfect, since I was there to warm my muscles in geothermal, mineral rich water that promises smooth skin and refreshed feelings on exiting. Upon entering a mineral pool, all of my trip stresses, sore muscles and self-consciousness about my age melted away as I gazed out over Lake Rotorua and my skin mingled with the minerals.
I took a long soak in the pool, nearly dozing off, and I walked over a path of reflexology stones to treat my feet to a natural massage. That morning, the air was crisp, I felt warm all over, and I couldn’t help but not think at all — a simple luxury when traveling.
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