25.08.2010 - 26.08.2010
Starting to get a bit busier now with all the activities we have on offer on the trip.
Headed from Auckland yesterday through to Mercury Bay, stopping off along the way for a hike down to Cathedral Cove beach which was pretty cool through the rainforest. All those hills and stairs earnt me a few bonus beers at the hostel bar that night.
This morning we drove down to Rotorua which is where I am now for the night. Just went and checked out the Geyser which was awesome.
Tonight I am off to a Maori culture night, which I have been hanging out for because included in the night is a hangi (<insert lame joke here> "hanging for the hangi"), so will no doubt be the best food of my trip unless I can convince any of my backpacking mates to splurge on a decent meal somewhere else other than cooking in the hostel for themselves (if I bother to cook I spend more money on the ingredients then I do on a takeaway meal!).
Have uploaded some photos to bring them up to date. Tomorrow morning I will be zorbing, and then have booked to do a cave rafting trip (where you go through caves on rubber tubes, and includes clibing through waterfalls and absailing - will be freezing so sensible me has been packed away for the next 2 weeks).
I think we are in a pretty remote area so will be a day or two for my next update, assuming the zorbing or caving has not killed me.