Rafting and sledging in one day
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The Waitomo caving adventures were a nice lead in to NZ life, but the adrenaline really started pumping on the long weekend of June 4th (Queen's bday weekend, I don't know why they celebrate it on a different weekend to Oz, does anyone really know what bday we're celebrating here???). This was my introduction to Rotorua life (ignoring the fact I was here as a kid for a second), about two and a half hours drive away from Auckland, and there is so damn much to do! Since it's starting to get cold here, we thought we'd try to knock over some of the water activities before the temperature dropped too much, as we discovered we're probably a few weeks too late; it was perhaps best articulated by one of the pommie guys on our sledging tour with the comment "it's shrunken my lovesword!".
So what is sledging I hear you ask ? Basically, it involves idiots grabbing hold of a boogie board with handles, and "steering" yourself through rapids. This would have to be one of the most heart-pumping things I've done, because it is very, very real. It's a case of either kick to get yourself to the left side of the river or you do go over that waterfall. Absolutely brilliant! However, if you don't like pounding in to rocks, getting dunked as you go through waves, and freezing your (fill in part of anatomy here) off then it may not be for you.
Sledging was the morning activity, I had just enough time to have a shower, get back in to warm clothes, before getting dropped at the rafting camp, to get in to yet another damp wetsuit. Yes, the sledging/rafting combo was ignored by many, the guides basically indicating that this would be a walk in the park compared to sledging.
Anyway, they were the two big activities for Rotorua, joined the Bay Of Plenty locals cheering against the Barmy Army and British Lions on Saturday night (note: we saw people buy boxes of beer at the beer tent, did someone say "responsible service of alcohol")