Chickening out of the sky swing

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
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Trip End Feb 13, 2010


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Whakatane Hotel

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

On Thursday I thought it was time for some more high speed activity so I headed to the Skyline Skyrides.  There is a gondola ride to the top of a hill overlooking Rotorua Lake from where you can go hurtling down a luge halfway down and then a chairlift back up to do it all again.  The luge is a concrete track which you go down on a three wheel cart (a little like a sledge on wheels - great fun!).  I did chicken out of the other thrill ride there which was a sky swing (watched too many people on it and it look far too scary!).

After that I went on a simulator ride which took me through some of the scenery in New Zealand I've missed and then I went on to Waimangu Valley which is another geo-thermal area.  In the 19th century this area had what was classed as (one of the many) 8th wonder of the world - pink and white volcanic terraces.  These were completely destroyed by a huge volcano in 1886 and only a lake remains.

I then headed east to Whakatane on the east coast for the night.
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