Rotorua, New Zealand
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Rotorua- the adventure capital of the world! You can do anything their... Bungy Jump, Zorb, Sledge, White Water Raft, Black Water Raft, Luge.. anything.. as long as you have a really big.. open wallet!
So, we just observed! Just kidding.. All these activities are available in Queenstown, South Island and we are sort of in a hurry to get to the South Island so we had limited time. In Rotorua, we did go to a Maori performance and dinner. Rotorua is known for having the most authentic Maori show because the culture is very strong in the area. The other main attraction you can not see elsewhere in New Zealand is the geothermal activity.
Rotorua itself SMELLS! It is known for its smell due to the geothermal activity. Imagine the guy next to you had diarrhea in his pants and never left your side.. followed you everywhere.. and you wanted to yell at the diarrhea boy to leave.. that his smell is nauseating you and your about to hurl, but he never leaves.
Along with Hell's Gate and the Maori show, we went to one other geothermal park that is known as the most colorful in the country due to the various minerals. It's called Wai blah blah blah blah blah.. Ok, so Maori names just carry on forever! Anyway, that one has a geyser they set off every day by adding soap down the spout. It normally goes off every 24 to 72 hours and by using this soap mixture it regulates it to go every 24 hours. That way they get more money from tourism because you are guarenteed a show! The park was really colorful and cool. It smelled too of course.. Like that nice smell I described earlier! Yummy! It had a really cool looking yellow lake and another lake with orange edges.
Well, there was plenty to do and see and smell in Rotorua, but we only stayed 3 days. We headed east today to Otorohanga to go to the Waitoma Caves. We are going abseiling down in a little bit and Ben's all upset because they won't let him wear jeans. It's NOT like they told him he has to go NAKED or anything.. But whatever!
Well, will get pictures up when we can. Excited because tomorrow is the first day we get to go to church since we left. Hopefully we don't sleep in! Heading to Wellington tomorrow. Have a ticket for the ferry to the South Island the following day. So, TTYL!