Mountain Biking & Maori Warriors
Rotorua Travel Blog› entry 27 of 117 › view all entries
March 3rd, 2007 – by: dan2105
After hiring some bikes - a lot more expensive but a lot better than the ones in South America - we saddled up and hit the tracks. The tracks' difficulty ranged from two to six. We started off at two, supposed to be the easiest, but there was still the odd steep hill, fast downhill or hard-to-negotiate obstacles, so from the outset we felt at least a little challenged. A personal fave was the Dipper, which did pretty much exactly what it says on the tin - lots of dips with weaving, fast corners and lots of speed without much pedaling.
After a well-needed shower, we prepared for the evening's festivities, in the hospitality of the Mitai family - who were to put on a public show about their Maori culture, set in a nearby forest.
Then, for me anyway, the main event. A benefit of geothermal Rotorua, for the Maori tribes at least, is the fact that the ground is a perfect method of cooking. So for hours before we arrived a feast had been cooked underground. Chicken and lamb was cooked to perfection, and sweet potatoes and cauliflower cheese, and even some stuffing - all the way from England, apparently - were all welcome, too. Needless to say I left feeling in a bit of pain, seen as it was the first decent meal we had had in New Zealand since we arrived.
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