I am now in New Zealand doing the kiwi experience it’s an hop on hop off bus for travellers discovering the north and south. Your activities and hostels are sorted for you, so you pretty much sit back and relax and let the driver worry about it. The hardest thing is getting up early in the mornings, NZ haven’t heard of central heating its cooooooold.
We were due to get on the kiwi bus on the 2nd but i got confused with my dates and was a day behind so i missed it. I got on the next bus 2 days later so had more than enough time to explore Auckland. I stayed in a 10 bedded mixed dorm with dodgy bunk beds ha. I had the top bunk and this Italian guy was on the bottom. He works in a restaurant in Auckland and the room stinks of it when he come’s back its horrible like gone off Chinese! It makes me feel sick and to make it worst he hangs his coat by my bed so I keep getting strong wiff's of it ha. There is another guy in the bed opposite me who appears to be drunk most of the time. When I first met him he had someone’s wallet in his bag and he said he found it on the street and is going to give it back later. I kind of believed him at first but that night he had someone’s driving license and was trying to sell it. I did not trust my stuff in the room at all!
I finally started my tour today 3/08/2011 and have just arrived at my hostel its really nice. Its like a big house converted into rooms. The beds are bunk beds but with proper mattresses J and the bars don’t look like they are going to snap. The lady who owns the hostel made Spaghetti bolognaise for tea it was £3 and we got seconds yummy.
New Zealand is so nice scenic locations and plenty of activities, It reminds me of Wales. Well the scenic locations not plenty of activity ha. Yesterday we went to a hot water beach which is located just above the thermal outlet. We were able to dig our own personal hot pool in the sand. The water was boiling so you have to mix it with cold sea water. It was the most bizarre thing I have ever done but so much fun. The beach was full of people in hot pools haha. It was so cold when we got out though as it’s the middle of winter here.
Today we visited Karangahake and went on a walk that follows the river, crosses over two swing bridges and goes through a one kilometre long railway tunnel. You can’t see a thing through the tunnel and my torch has broken so was hilarious trying to get through it.
We are now on our way to Waitomo to do the original black water rafting you abseil into the abyss down a 35metre tomo,climb underground waterfalls it looks so much fun I’ll let you know how I get on