Hello Hello Hello!! I am finally getting around to writing my blog about New Zealand just days before I am leaving, and the sole reason for that is because I have been having so much fun! I will have been in New Zealand for a month and a half when I leave, and I really don't think there has been a single bad day here. Its is such a beautiful place, and there is so much to do.
I signed up for the Kiwi Experience bus before I left for my trip in October, so just had to let them know when I was ready to hop on the bus. I was abit concerned about how the bus was going to be cos I had heard rumours about it being a big green bus full of 18 year olds shagging, but this hasn't been the case at all. Gossip on the bus def spreads quick which I am finding very amusing, especially as none of it is about me!! Apart from that, everyone is fabulous, and every day is packed with fun things to do. When I was in Auckland, I went out on a free Kiwi taster day in Auckland, which is where I met the lovely Liz, who I stuck with for the start of my trip. We climbed the AucklandHarbour bridge, and then we all went to the SkyTower for sunset then tested out the famous 'Globe Bar' - it was poo!!
On our first day on the bus, we drove to the top of Mount Eden to get an amazing view of Auckland, then got the hell out of town! We made our way to a place called Mercury Bay, stopping at Cathedral Cove Beach for a coastal walk and chill out. The hostel we stayed at that night was run by an older couple, and they cooked everyone spag bog - was lovely. Early night due to early start.
The next day we headed down to the lovely Rotorua, which has the largest Maori population in New Zealand. We went on the most fabulous night out, where you get to join a Maori tribe for the evening. We had to pick a leader (a strong male) to represent us, and had to prove to the tribe that we came in peace. It is all taken very seriously, and throughout this ceremony you are not allowed to talk, laugh, smile or move. A Dutch guy a few weeks previous to us had laughed, and one of the Maori warriors head butted him clean to the floor! We then had an evening of dancing and food, and exploring the Maori village. This is where my love for the Maori men began!
Roturua is also famous for its very smelly natural hot mud pools, which Jen, Clare and I visited. It was fab seeing Clare and Jen again, and for the rest of the two days we just chilled out in their motel room watching movies and catching up! Also did abit of luging (sitting in what are basically plastic toboggans on wheels that you go down a massive steep track on, and use a lever as a brake. My friend Chin did it in Queenstown, and he basically has the longest legs in the world, so couldn't actually pull the brake cos his knees got in the way. He came off it 5 out of 6 runs!! You know when it's shouldn't be funny, but it really is!). Love you Chin x