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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua September 30th 2012

We woke up to the sound of Pukekos. They were busy running all around the camp grounds. The campground had its own boiling mud pools, and it had hot mineral pools. The river running alongside it had steam coming from it too. You could see steam coming from people’s yards that backed onto the camp ground as well. Imagine having your own natural hot pool in your back yard! Elizabeth, Samuel and I all made sure we enjoyed the luxury of soaking in the camp’s hot mineral pools before check out time! The day turned out to be hot and sunny. We went and did the walking track to Okere Falls. We saw some people doing rafting down the river and over the falls. It was fun to watch them. After Okere Falls, we went to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua September 7th 2012

The next morning we were back on the bus bound for Rotorua. We stopped off on the way for a quick walk to check out an old gold mining site and then stopped off again at an adventure playground. At this awesome location we had the chance to do some really cool cheap activities. A monorail peddle powered race track, skydive simulator, ride in a jet boat, bungee jump and a massive swing which hoists you up 40m and releases you swinging you past the ground at 130kmph. I had a ride in the jet boat which has 450hp and weighs 500kg. Absolutely nuts.After arriving in Rotorua I immidiately got lost trying to find the supermarket. Everywhere is in blocks so navigating around should theoretically be easy. But it wasn't and I wasn't the only one ... read more
Hot water pool somewhere inbetween Rotorua & Taupo
Alistair, Mark & Myself at the Huka Waterfalls near Taupo

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua September 6th 2012

What a day. I am sitting here trying to collect my thoughts, remembering everything that I did and thinking through how I am going to put this all into a blog posting. Here goes. I was picked up by my transfer shuttle just before 7:00 am, so once again an early start so that I could shower and pack my things. There were about a dozen of us that boarded the bus and off we went. We drove down the main Southern Highway out of Auckland and through small rural townships with green rolling hills dotted with cows and sheep. Once we left the city it seemed that the rest of the island looked exactly like the Shire. Never did see a hobbit though. The first stop was Waitomo, which is a cave tour that ends ... read more
Kids hanging on a Kiwi
Fiat Tractor
Holstein Cow

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua August 27th 2012

When I was arriving in Rotorua in the Crash Palace Backpackers, I ran into the middle of the renovation phase. Everything was in a status of chaos. The entrance area was full of paint pots, shelves and wardrobes. Furthermore the reception desk was covered and surrounded with tools. Only one kitchen was useable during this time. Chris, the owner of the Crash Palace, was telling me how everything would be painted, but I couldn’t imagine how it would look like. After a while, the hostel took a new and modern shape on with its very own flair and ambience. The yellow building has two floors with 21 rooms and now approximately 60 beds. The downstairs renovations included the living room and dining room, as well as the kitchen and some rooms. Both the living room and ... read more
Special offers every day
The living room
The outside area

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua August 26th 2012

For our Agroventures trip we went with the car into direction of Mt Ngongotaha. The big signs next to the road lead us to the location, which was therefore very good to find. However Agroventures is also providing a free pick up. First we went to the main building to get our tickets. There are five activities you can do: Agrojet, Freefall xtreme, Shweeb, Swoop and Bungy. Every station had its own queue to decrease the waiting time. We decided to do the Jetboat first. The Agrojet is a high speed motorboat, sprinting around in 3 laps. The safety precaution required the passengers to put on a helmet, which were provided in 3 different sizes by Agroventures. The jet boat had space for the driver and 2 passengers and makes good fun due to a speed ... read more
The Bungy Jump
Smiling for the camera
Freefall Xtreme

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua August 19th 2012

My trip to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley began with the pick-up of the Thermal Land Shuttle at 9 am. The shuttle bus was punctual, had comfortable seats and was furthermore heated. The bus driver was also friendly and gave his passengers some interesting facts about Rotorua and its environment during the ride. After a 30 minute drive we arrived at the Waimangu visitor centre, where our driver dropped us off. Then the bus drove further to the geothermal park of Wai-O-Tapu. The visitor centre contained a ticket and cashier desk with an additional souvenir shop and cafe. At the ticket desk everybody got a brochure called the “Wanderer’s Guide”, which provided a map, a bus timetable and facts and explanations about all important sights, which you would be able to see during your walk.The bus would ... read more
Cathedral Rocks
The Inferno Crater
Marble Terrace

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua August 18th 2012

For our adventure with Zorb my friend Lenka and me got into bus #1 in the Pukuatua Street in Rotorua. The bus stopped exactly in front of the site, so that we couldn’t miss it. The entrance building was one big sales room with computers, a cashier desk and lockers. After we arrived we were friendly welcomed from the staff and were asked to use the computers on the right to create a profile. You had to enter your name and to answer some questions about health injuries. Furthermore you were made aware of some risks due to zorbing being a physical sports activity. The computer also took a picture from you, which you could retake until you liked the photo. After you entered every necessary fact, your very own “Zorbonaut License Authority” got printed. In ... read more
The Straight Track

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua August 2nd 2012

The Hobbiton movie tour began with a pick-up at 8.25 at the Mad Travel Shop. We picked also other customers up from the tourism centre and some hostels in Rotorua. The shuttle bus got space for 11 passengers. During the one hour drive to the set of hobbiton, which is near Matamata, we could listen to music or sleep or whatever we wanted to do. You could also drive to the base by yourself with your car, because the site was signposted very well and therefore easy to find. Arriving at the base everybody got a ticket and the visitors got some time to look through the shop or to take some photos of the unique landscape outside. The shop offered a range of collector’s souvenirs of Lord of the ring, like for instance jewellery, books, ... read more
The way to Hobbiton
Hobbit houses everywhere
The famous party tree

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua July 30th 2012

Hey allemaal, het is weer zover: een nieuwe update! Ik merk dat elke week een update'je schrijven nadat ik een weekendje weg ben geweest goed werkt dus dat hou ik mooi aan voor de daagjes die mij nog resten! :) Ondertussen heb ik 4 weken van m'n stage achter de rug, en dus nog twee te gaan. Bij Interactionz hebben we een mooi lijstje gemaakt met lekkernijen die ik moet proeven nu ik nog in NZ ben en afgelopen week en de komende twee weken word ik voortdurend typisch kiwi voedsel gevoerd! Wat maken die kiwis toch vreemde gerechten soms! Voor mijn laatste dag zijn ze een afscheidsfeest aan het plannen, met onder andere een echte BBQ, ook al is het nu winter. De tijd lijkt te vliegen, maar wanneer ik terugkijk is het alsof ik ... read more
Waikato Stadium
Een pracht van een slogan voor de Zorb
Meer in Waimangu

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua July 27th 2012

Last day of work for us both! Sad in some respects as we will miss our workmates after all this time, especially me after 17 years! Excited though (and nervous) about what the future will hold. There is so much to do and only 5 days to get it all done. This is one of them. Check this blog actually works and let everyone know.... read more
Rav 4
Devoy drive from deck
Skydive before jump

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