Phew! Busy week!

Published: October 25th 2010
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Stray #1

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!


25th October 2010

Looking at the street view pictures... it looks lovely, and very dry and warm (it's very autumn here now)
27th October 2010

Sounds jam packed and totally awesome! Good work on the skydive man!! xxx

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