Being a tourist
Rotorua Travel Blog› entry 7 of 11 › view all entries
January 18th, 2002 – by: roamingduck
Got up early this morning. We had only booked one night with this hostel and as we liked it thought we would stay another night - it was full though!! Fortunately they had campsites and even more fortunately we had brought our tent. So we pitched the tent and then strolled into town and booked our hangi for this evening. After breakfast and a stroll around town we went back to the hostel and had a dip in the thermal spa before being picked up by Carey's Tours at lunch time. This was certainly an 'interesting' tour. First of all we went to Rainbow Springs - a trout farm! Why i'm not sure but it was part of the tour so off we went to look at the many types of fish!! We then headed across the road to a sheep show. Now despite some misgivings it was quite good - the highlight being the sheep being shaun - oh and emma develpoing a phobia against lambs!! Mr tour guide picked us up at 3.30 to go to the thermal reserve across town. Now unfortunately it was raining so visibility was reduced as the rain causes a lot of steam. We did get to see a geyser, saw some mud bubbling and saw steam coming from the ground. It was very interesting - just a little bit touristy!! We were shown around the reserve by a very lively Maori guide who's name we couldn't possibly remember -let alone pronounce - it began with Te!! Back to the YHA for a quick cup of tea (oh how British) before being picked up again to go out for our hangi. We sat through a very good concert performed by Maori men and women. The haka dance was quite impressive, then had our photo took with a maori warrior and maiden!! The meal was fabulous - loads of seafood, meats and salads - as much as we could eat - and all of it had been cooked in the ground. At the end of the meal groups from the audience from different countries were invited to stand up and sing a national song. The funniest bit was a group of japanese men who sang what may have been national anthem (not sure) but it was the most depressing song ever, and it lasted ages!! We then returned to the tent for a very rainy night - NZ weather!!! Just like Manchester!!
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