Apologies to our avid blog fans for the lack of blogging, we have been busy doing very little and loving it.
To finish off our time in the bay of islands, we went dolphin watching and dune boarding. The dolphin watching was scenic but the real fun was had in standing on an open top boat in tretchourous conditions. At times the boat was at almost 180 degrees and the kept asking us to stamp our feet on the deck to ensure we hadn't gone overboard. Staying dry proved impossible as waves would occasionally completely cover the whole boat, one of which led to maybe the funnist thing I've seen in my life. Completely unaware of an on-coming wave dan attemted to stand up from our safe sitting postion, only to be completely wiped out and sent 2 metres across the top deck. Desperately he scrabbled for recovery and on making it to his feet, was further thrown backwards by the next onslaught of waves. I would have loved to have tried to help my friend but for the fact that I couldn't stand for laughing!!!
After this extremely memorable day, we went dune boarding and drove down 90 mile beach. The dune boarding was epic. We were on a bus with a coach load of pretty boring people but we were determined not to let that distract us. Dune boarding basically involves throwing yourself down a steep sand dune on a bodyboard, however for the more thrill seeking individuals you could decide not to stop yourself and continue boarding over the stream at the bottom of the dune. A pint from the driver was on offer for anyone who could do this.........
..... Let's be honest, this trip is proving to be quite expensive and Dan and I have never been ones to turn down free beer....... CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!! The first couple of attempts ended in disaster as we made it to the stream only to come off our boards when we were there. Climbing back up a 50ft dune in wringing wet clothes added to our determination and on our 3rd go we went flying across the stream to the cheers of those around us. Pint well earned!! After that the driver had to physically stop us doing more attempts as the rest of the group weren't happy waiting around for us two clowns!!
On the sunday morning (after seeing stevie score a cracker - and before the knowledge that the US had equilised), we set off to rotorua. A 9 hour coach journey which when hungover is hell, believe me!!! Although I think Dan enjoyed seeing me continuously have to get up and go to the out of order toilet to try and relieve my hangover!!! Bad Times!!!
Rotorua stinks. It leaks sulphuric acid into the air. Bad eggs basically. But its chilled out, which is what we have been doing here to try and save on the pennies. The river has been out of service which is gutting because we have been waiting to raft all week.
Going to Ireland vs NZ mauria on friday. Got to go as credit is running low on the internet. Just dont ask about the cross dressing or toga parties!!!!