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... water rafting!

those activities are addictive (which might be a reason why there are millions of tour operators around new zealand to empty your wallet :-) ) and so i just had to do the white water rafting today as mentioned in the last entry

since the yha hostel here in rotorua, although beautiful, is a bit of a walk from the city some of us could not be bothered to spend a big night out downtown (besides not having the daily budget for it and foam parties are wrong anyway hehe) so we hang out in our hostel's own hot (boiling hot!) pool and watched drunk people on their way back falling into the pool hehe (we were sober since the bloody bar closed at 10:30 on a friday night! argh - yha)

soooo anyways... a beautiful day today, warm water (so we were told... ) and nice rapids to ensure a wet adventure - and of course, the 7m waterfall!

there were heaps of people from all the three bus companies and we could fill 4 boats after the instruction session which was far more professional than in peru

ah well, the ride was great, especially the waterfall, which we took on a crazy way as another boat crashed into ours and forced both boats down at once! 1 in 4 boats statistically turns over and luckily it was the other group, haha, serves you right for bouncing into us while we were praying our mauri prayer!

tonight rotoruas nightlife is going to be explored, which, although being a ultra-touristy town, consists basically of one pub and one bar / club...

then i'm off to taupo and further to wellington which was an unsuspected problem as there is some stupid rugby event there exactly when i'm going and all beds are booked out... but lucky me found a place to sleep and prebooked now my days left on the northern island including the ferry: down south on february 2nd - yippie! but first the BIG stuff in taupo:

skydiving from 15000 feet (so weather allows)
the famous mountain crossing (forgot the name...)

both with a fab view on the mountain that became mount doom in lord of the rings :-)
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