After Whakatane, we went back to Rotorua to give it another go. Rotorua was the first place we stayed after leaving Auckland back in December and we were amazed by the change in colour that the rest stop had gone through.
Rotorua is a town of adventure, and this time, we took the opportunities! One of our first adventures was taking the gondola up to overlook the city, and speeding down the three luge tracks. There was a scenic (easy) track one had to pass first before taking on the intermediate and advanced tracks. Kirby bailed hard on a fast corner on the scenic track and had to dust off his pants and his pride and a bit of pain before taking on the other tracks. The other tracks were built a bit more for speed than the first and we did fine!
Then, it was time for Christina to take on the Zorb! This was an intriguing contraption they had heard of before embarking on their adventure and a goal to try. The Zorb is a big plastic inflatable ball you climb into, they fill with some water, seal it up, then roll you down a steep hill.
What will the kiwis think of next? It was very disorienting and there was no way to know which way was up as you splashed and slid all around, but tons of fun! Getting out of the Zorb was like being birthed in a way - all disoriented, not sure which way is up, squishing out a small opening with warm gushing water and people watching. The Zorb is highly recommended.
Another fun adventure was watching and meeting the folks at the Kiwi Lumberjack Show. The show had us splitting a gut and Kirby even got to try his hand at axe throwing... maybe next time he'll hit the target and not the set! The young lumberjack, Ben, imported a Canadian girl for a fiancee and we had a good time talking about Canada and New Zealand idiosyncrasies. After the show, we did the farm walk and got to feed some friendly and interesting creatures - emus, ostriches, something that looked like a long-haired water buffalo, goats, pigs, and sheep. We would highly recommend a visit to this place!
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