Lets take this gig global!!
Alrighty folks, well, blow me has it been a busy few days or what!! I managed to grab a lift off some of the sky dive peeps so we headed upto Rotorua on wednesday and I have had a blast here in "Sulpher City" so far. The weather has been great which is a big bonus and I feel like I havent stopped yet! We checked into one of my fave hostels so far, called theFunky Green Voyager and then weds arvo we caught the Gondola up to a great lookout point over the city and lake and got tucked into a bit of Luging! Awesome fun hurtling down the track at what seems like a horrific pace and overtaking each other at every opportunity. I loved it!! On Thursday, we headed into town to have a look around and had a wonder around the massive and (yet again!) beautiful lake. Played a bit of Aerobie which was sweet as i hadnt utilised my throwing arm for a while then came back for lunch. in the arvo we drove out to the Blue lake and missioned it around including the trek upto a lookout where you have a big blue lake on one side and then a big green lake on the other! pretty nifty stuff! The highlight of the day though was the evening where we went to a Moari night. Now, i wasnt planning on doing this originally and neither were the others as its kinda the most "tourist" thing you can imagine but after speaking to the hostel owners Anna and Gerrard who were so enthused by it, we thought we would give it a go and Ive gotta say...I had a blast!! It lasts for a good few hours and includes watching the Moari warriors in action (even in a canoe!) then an hour show of all the traditional dances including teh famous Haka of course. It really is pretty scary stuff and no matter how synical you are about the whole thing the moment you are loking into their bulging eyes it sends goosebumps all over your body! pretty intimidating stuff when only a few feet away from you I can tell you!! The cheif of the tribe also gave a talk about their culture and traditions, the meaning behind the tattoos and weapons and beliefs and even more current issues which they face today like smoking, obesity and drugs which was really interesting. The best part of the night for me though was the food!!! My word, what a feed! It was all cooked in the traditional Hangi (steamed over hot rocks in the ground) and there was untold chicken and lamb (so tender and moist!), potato, stuffing, veg, salad, rice, pasta and trifle, chocolate cake and fruit salad for pudding. All you can eat aswell, so as you can imagine I defo got my moneys worth!!!! I couldnt move after and was so full that I only had a slice of toast for brekkie today!! Quality, easily the best feed I have had since Asia if not longer! Was a really good night in the end and would recommend it to anyone heading here- if not just for the food!! Anyways, my time is running out so will put another update on soon Hope all is well, Dan