The hospitality of the Spirgis in Sydney was really cool. We could eat healthily and come back whenever we wanted. Moreover we had a great access to all the church activities. One evening, we had a small tabletennis tournament which was a lot of fun. Sydney is a beautiful city and especially the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge were stunning.
At Hillsong Church, we went to the College where Christian attended a Worship Class and I went to a Pastors Class. Chrurch Histor was taught and what was striking to me was that they really focused on how the church could learn something from the past. After the class we went to a café where a guy from the college invited us to a full breakfast. He usually slept in a cupboard and had barely enough money to pay his college fee. He always told us that god would take care of him. This mentality was mind-blowing and the trust he had in god encouraged me.
One evening following a free visit of the opera house including the big event hall we went to a smallgroup of the church together with the Spirgis. We ate a lot of food and participated in the group. The way they accepted and included us in the group was really cool. We could encourage eachother and were encouraged by them. The 4th night at Hillsong college after a relaxing day and a visit of the Harbour bridge, we went to the gathering, which is a huge group of young people coming together, celebrating and partying together. They rented a club at Darling's Harbour in the heart of the City and we had a sick party.
The day after we went to the airport and caught our plane to Auckland, where we arrived in the afternoon. We picked up our cool hippie-campervan again and cruised southwards where we slept on a restarea. On Friday the 28th we slept for a long time and then went to the Waitomo caves. These are Karst formations in the ground, some resembling the ones back in Switzerland and others being lighted by a migthy big amount of glowworms which made it possible to actually see something in the dark. When we looked at the ceiling we thought of a bright starry nightsky. The guide who led us through these caves was a really clever Maori who knew a lot about his country and could give us a lot of information that we needed for our trip.
On Saturday we drove to the area of Hobbiton, the place where they took some of the movie scenes of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. But we didnt buy a ticket to the tour due to the high prices. We then drove to Rotorua, a geothermally highly active area. There was the possibility to roll down a hill in a huge plastic ball filled with water and being shaken mighty strong. We obviously took that opportunity and it was awesome. We then went to one of the geothermal parks in the city and looked at the huge bubbles that came to the surface. Really funny. In the evening we drove to a pizza hut and took the all-you-can-eat menu. I actually managed to break the restaurant record and ate 26 pieces of pizza, plus a salad and a mousse-au-chocolat. This apparently must've had certain consequences....
On Sunday we went to another geothermal park, containing a geyser which erupted and many pools having lots of different beautiful colours and giving us another view on the variety of our planet. We could actually bathe in one of the geothermally heated rivers which was very relaxing. In the afternoon we went riverrafting and sledged down a 7m waterfall. This trip was amazing since it was only the guide, Christian and me on the boat. Furthermore there was a lot of action because our guide tried to really make us happy by surfing on the waterfalls. In the evening we left the area and drove to Taupo where the next adventure already awaited us...
Monday the 1st of Octobre will always be on of the days to remember in my life. After having camped at the side of the road and slept for a long time due to the rain, it cleared up which gave us the possibilty to do something crazy. We booked a skydive. My heartbeat was tending towards infinity as the airplane rose higher. When the door of the airplane was opened, I was sitting on the edge looking about 5500 metres down, knowing that I was about to jump. So my guide and I did. It was Adrenaline pure. We had about 60s of freefall and an immense speed. It was freaking crazy. I would definitely do it again irrespective of the high price. This experience was just awesome.
As soon as we landed we took some videos and went to another mountain which we practically climbed in the dark.
Today we went to Tongariro National park, another world heritage area. Really beautiful. Lots of mountains and a beautiful hike, which was limited to a certain distance due to a recent eruption. The mountains were very similar to the ones in Switzerland except that they were cut at 2/3 of the height. But still breath-taking