Auckland... Third time the charm?
Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
91Trip End Jan 11, 2009
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From Rotorua we made the short drive (being about an hour) to Taupo. Our first discovery in this city was that we had a BBQ at the apartment! Sweet as. So we walked into town, had a lakeside stroll, and checked out the cool shops and cafes that Taupo has to offer. I gave Melissa and Colin the grand tour including where I bought my second mobile phone, and the internet cafe where I booked my JT ticket. (Only 10 days away now!) Very exciting stuff I tell you. Then, it was off to the supermarket to purchase some BBQ supplies! Melissa cooked us a FANTASTIC dinner. All I can say is: vegetables! Then Melissa and Colin got the honour of watching my skydive video (again and again, at their request!) It was fun reliving the moment
I got up early to take advantage of the cheap laundry, since I was in desperate need after Fiji. After another awesome brekkie, we started our long journey to Waitomo. This was some slightly poor planning on my behalf since there is not really a direct route from Taupo to Waitomo. Anyways, we got in at a decent enough hour to be able to get out and see the Glow worm caves. This was the "granny tour" compared to my last Waitomo cave adventure, but it was a welcome relief! Mainly staying dry! This tour included walking around the main caverns, then boarding a boat for a leisurely boat ride through pitch-black caves which provided an awesome view of the "night sky"- aka the loads of hungry glowworms on the cave ceiling. Afterwards, we found an amazing restaurant (Melissa and Colin seem to have a good nose for them!) where I got my first Tapas experience and we ordered way too much food, on top of getting a free experimental (yet delicious!) plate for free.
It was up early (not by choice) in order to get the brekkie included with our accomodation. This allowed us to be early starters on a Bushwalk nearby. I was having some deja-vu, but something wasn't quite right. I eventually figured I had done the same walk but from the other direction with the Kiwi bus
In the morning we had a quick bite before taking a riverside stroll, then headed in to Auckland. After checking in, we had some Wendy's for lunch- a treat for Melissa and Colin! Then.. that was it. The week was over, we said our goodbyes and parted ways. (I feel like I should be saying, "The End!"