Surfing, black water rafting, zorbing ...
Well quite a bit has happened over the past few days but fortunately, nothing quite as bad as what happened on 90 Mile Beach!
After the disaster, we headed back to Auckland to watch Snow Patrol which was great fun, really good concert.
Friday it was down to Raglan to catch some surf, and wow was it big surf! Bigger than anything we could handle - obviously our Brazil surfing lessons havent really paid off!
We bumped into Naomi and Wes (guys we met in South America), which was great and with them were George and Elliott (Elliott was in school with Cora!!!) - so the last few days we've been in convey with them! We had a great night sleeping next to the sea once again, we've been so jammy with our views each morning!
From Raglan it was down to Rotorua where of course we decided to go Black Water Rafting and Glow Worm spotting! It was so much fun as you will see from the photo's! We had wet-suits on (notice that the guys had to wear swimming costumes over theirs!) and went rafting on inner-tubes 65 ft underground. It was pretty cold but great fun! We jumped off waterfalls and drifted through the caves looking at the amazing glow worms which covered the roofs of the caves. The trip finished with a hot shower (first in 6 days by this point, first hot shower that in, we're not that minging!), bagels and soup - perfect!
We camped up at Rotorua quite late that night and decided to stay in a lay-by (no more sea views for a while, now being inland ). All was fine until Liz came back saying she could hear bubbling and hissing in the park. We were interested to find out what it was... then we came across 25 geyzers all steaming and bubbling boiling hot mud! What a find! It was what we had come to Rotorua to find and we ended up camping in the middle of it! The place did stink but was amazing to see. We woke the next morning so see them in day-light and were very impressed. Then spent the rest of the day hunting more geyzers, zorbing (for those of you who don't know what this is; 3 of us had to jump inside a huge inflatable ball which had water in it... and we were then pushed down a hill where we bounced and fell over one another all the way down, its great fun!!), and eventually we came across a gorgeous natural and free hot spring literally in the middle of a forest, off the beaten track, but it was worth it!
Down South to Taupo then which is where we are now. Gutted gutted gutted, we were meant to do a 15, 000ft Sky Dive today over Lake Taupo, but weather is really miserable so it's been cancelled. booooooo! Hopefully we'l get to do it in the next few days instead. Fingers crossed!! we were all psyched up too!!!
Heading to Tongario national park later today - going to climb Mount Doom tomorrow!!!!!
oh ye, we found a irish pub last night which showed the wales v france game! so good to watch it and sing the anthem!!!