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Published: October 25th 2010
Since I got on the stray bus last Tuesday it's been all go! I haven't got any photos for you yet & I will try at some point to put together a more detailed account of my travels. But here they are in brief...
Tuesday: left Auckland in the morning after a quick trip up Mt Eden & drove over to the Coromandel Peninsula stopping briefly in Thames before arriving at Hahei where we went sea kayaking :D
Wednesday we drove over to the west coast to Raglan where some went surfing but not I, I went for a nice stroll up a steep hill instead!
Thursday we headed down to the Waitomo caves where I went on an caving trip that involved abseiling, climbing, squeezing through holes & getting drenched by the underground waterways! That evening we spent at a cultural experience place with old Uncle Boy which was great fun, we had tasty food & his family tribe put on a traditional welcome for us plus songs and dancing then taught the boys the haka & the girls a simple poi dance.
Friday we headed over to Rotorura where some of us went white water rafting, which included going over the worlds only commercial grade 5 rapid (a 7m waterfall!) - we remained the right way up!!! Then we headed over to Taupo where I decided to try my hand at skydiving... arggghhhh!!! terrifying! But the feeling of flying once the parachute opens was amazing! Great experience & if you ask nicely you may get to see the dvd upon my return! lol. Also say the boiling mud pools!
Saturday we came down to the Tongariro National Park & did the Tongariro Crossing ("the best 1 day walk in NZ") & a few of us have stayed here since then chilling out & doing other shorter walks & relaxing in the lodge's hot tub!
Tomorrow I head down to Wellington then over to South Island on Wednesday.
Sorry & I hope to do a proper update soon!
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