Swings, Springs, Hangis
Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
26Trip End Nov 16, 2008
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Next stop the skyline skyway and luge, a ski-lift like gondola which takes you up to a hill just outside the town (affording a reasonable, but somewhat disappointing view down to the town) and they have a number of luge tracks running back down the hill. We had a couple of runs down the hill, the local kids were flying down (wrecklessly in my geriatric opinion). Ellie loved it and is considering becoming a professional Lugist.
Just time for a quick visit to the polynesian spa for a soak in some (dilute, yet hot) sulphuric acid and to feel the flesh made raw from the previous day's kayaking dissolve slowly. Very relaxing. It seems that while this is a nice facility and the hot pools are clean and relaxing they could do with sex-ing the place up a little, a fact finding tour to Blue Lagoon would do them wonders.
We rushed to a new campsite (having been pretty disappointed by the 1st we stayed at in Rotorua) before we were picked up and taken to a Maori cultural event and hangi. About 100 tourists (from 17 nations, it emerged) entertained by 1) the arrival of Maori warriors in a waka (canoe)
We then took a quick tour through the neighbouring nature park (Rainbow Springs) to see some local fauna, rainbow trout and ducks, Kea and best of all Kiwi. As it was night time the timid kiwi were out foraging for worms and it was pretty cool to see them running here and there seemingly in mortal fear for their lives.
Finally we were returned to the campsite for a well earned sleep.
Where I stayed