Raglan to Rotorua again
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This morning I had been looking forward to a lie-in and staying in Raglan for an extra day but sadly the bus behind me was full so I had to keep on trucking with my current bus rather than be stranded in Raglan and late to meet my connection for the East Coast Pass. So another early start and we headed to some Maori stones near the hostel that signify North, East, South and West. Then on to Waitomo Caves again! I had decided to challenge me and my princess mentality to do the 'Haggis Honking' - abseiling through cave waterfalls and with a 'rambo rating' of 8, but at the last minute I bottled it and decided to go quad biking instead.
Just down the road we stopped at The Shearing Shed, where they will shear an angorra rabbit for you to see. We were dubious at first, until they brought out this beautiful fluffy white rabbit called Peaches. They tied each of her paws to stretch her out because rabbit's skin is very wrinkly and increases the chance of you cutting them if you don't; and then they started to shave her. Some of the girls were concerned about her comfort but she put paid to that by yawning. We petted her a little and stroked her lovely fur and then were introduced to one of the male rabbits who was so huge with his fur he looked like a toy! I've never seen anything so sweet, and I desperately want one now (add that to the list Santa, with the quad bike please), though apparently they are impossible to take care of. The rabbit we met would be dead in 3 weeks from over-heating if he wasn't shaved, and all of them need shearing every 3 months. Time to make some new friends at home.... anyone got any rabbit shearing machinery and want to go in for some wabbits?