Well I have been in Alot of places and seen alot of places in the last week or so. after Auckland I headed up Paihia North of Auckland. While I was there i went on speed boat cruise where I went to the whole in the rock (which is exactly as it sounds) and saw amazing scenery, dolphins and got very very wet. It was great fun. That night I got very drunk with alot of people I met in the hostel. It was great fun and apparently i was doing karioki and according to the pictures I was.... anyway the next day I went up to cape regina witha few guys I met at the hostel, on the way we went sand boarding and saw some impossible sites e.g. the rainforest merging into the desert/ sand dunes, it was umberleavabale! then about 5 minute drive away we went wake boarding! incrediable! after that we went all the way up to the most northern point of NZ and saw the two oceans meet (the Tazman and The pacific) that was also stunning! On the way back we went to the 90 mile beach where there was no one at all!, it was a great day!
after paihia i went back to auckland where i met some people i know and went out for a few drinks until someone passport got stolen.... yeah not good. anyway the next day i headed to Mercury bay, where there was almost nothing to do. However I did go to a local themal spare and chilled for awhile while they brought me drinks to me in the hot pools....its a hard life as a backpacker! lol
I then went down to Rotorua, where I went to one of the worlds few remaining geo thermal park and saw boiling steam just coming out of the ground naturally it was amazing! the whole town was originally a settlement built by the Mauri people which is now a relativly thriving city for New zealand however it did absolutly stink! beyond beleif in some parts of rotting eggs. while I was there i visted a local Mauri village were i ate there local food and saw parts of their old war culture. While i was there i couldn't stop thinking about how amazing it would have been to find this culture for the first time as a real explorer (like captain cook). I decided to stay Rotura an extra day compared to the rest of my tour as I try to get a feel for the place instead of just rushing through it and getting back on the bus again! The next day I went walking along lake rotura looking for a scuba dive shop, when it suddenly hit me lake rotura is a sulphic lake with little oxygen and in the water meaning if someone was to swim in it they will get very ill. after i realised this i thought maybe there isn't a dive shop near by.... lol. after some more walking i found a unmarked geothermal boiling out of the earth near the shore which had no barrier or warning signs, which was strange. The 2 minutes later a couple started shouting at me at a distance and i soon realised that my feet where a little hot and i was standing on restricted ground on a geothermal! and started running to get off it as all i was wearing on my feet was my flip flops! I felt very foolish.Later that night I had one terrible night sleep, due to people in the next bed to me shagging at 3am 2 feet away from me very loudly! It didn't bother me that much at first as I had my Ipod.... then my ipod battery ran out and i had to listen to the whole thing for half an hour!. I was not amused! I mean honestly where is the empathy! lol
after that terriable night sleep i had to be up at 7am to head to waitomo and it caves and glowworms. It was again beautiful, i abseiled down 100m through tiny rock wholes and the used a zip line in pitch black to get further into the cave. i then went swimming in freezing cold water with nothing but the gloworms to guide up and had to climb up water falls, it was truly a unique experience, one i hope to soon not to forget. There was nothing else in that area and have decided to head to Taupo where i am now.
New Zealand has such diverse landscapes with incrediable untouched land, They say it one of the last places on earth where humand havent raped the land, and they are right.