Raglan to Rotorua again

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Maori statue indicating direction (near Raglan Kariori Lodge)

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.

Me quad biking
This is possibly one of the most fun things I have done in NZ, I loved it! We were biking up and down and round and round a sheep and cattle farm, zooming through the herds and around their grazing paddocks and fields. The scenery was beautiful, with outcrops of steely grey rock, fluffy cloud-like sheep, beautiful green fields and blue sky. I was quite expecting a telly tubby to appear. The bikes were more complicated than I expected, with gear changes etc, but less complex than driving a car. Getting into 4th gear on a quad bike was pretty exhilarating and I couldn't help a woop of joy and adrenaline escaping as we hurtled round gravel corners, throwing up dust (and shit if I'm honest) and left wheel tracks in the lush grass. I want one! We stopped for 10 minutes to take a breather and our guide showed us thousands of fossiled oysters in a rock outcrop.
Me touching 25 million year old stuff!
Apparently they only found out recently that they are 25 MILLION years old and that they all died together because of an infection. The rock shows the fossil detailing but when they pulled out some grass that had seeded on the rock they could touch the original white oyster shells - check out the photo of me touching 25 million year old oysters!

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?

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Maori statue indicating direction …
Maori statue indicating direction…
Me quad biking
Me quad biking
Me touching 25 million year old st…
Me touching 25 million year old s…
Teletubby land!
Teletubby land!
Fluffy bunny! (I assure you this i…
Fluffy bunny! (I assure you this …
Me petting angora toy rabbit...
Me petting angora toy rabbit...
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