04.08.2014 - 05.08.2014
The last two days have been pretty epic. On Monday we went to Waitomo, famous for its caves and cows. We all went black water rafting, which meant tubing through the caves in big black rubber rings, suited up in wetsuits and mining helmets. To practice jumping off the waterfalls we all had to jump backwards off a platform into the river outside the cave. Predictably Lauren was the first to jump and Kate's landing was especially elegant, including the wimpy scream. The caves were amazing, especially the waterfall jumps! We also saw the glow worms (and their shiny shit) and floated through the caves in the dark for some sections. We then got to do some freestyle jumps off the platform which was great fun! After a nice hot shower we got to laugh at all the photos (Ash would like to add no one has ever looked so good in a wetsuit, we have all the photos so you can judge for yourself!). That evening we arrived in Rotorua and went to the cultural show which was really good, we learnt some Maori and saw the Haka. The best part was definitely the feast, the lamb was amazing, it had been cooked underground for hours and was so tender.
Now onto the best day so far! Yesterday we started the day early and went white water rafting on the Kaituna river. The rapids were incredible and we went down a 7m waterfall (the highest commercially rated waterfall in the world). The guides were great and taught us all about the history of the river and the scenery was great. After that Si the tour guide dropped us off at the Polynesian Spa and we went in the hot pools for an hour and got a shower. It was the perfect way to recover from the refreshing rafting and Ash didn't want to leave! Rotorua has a lot of geothermal activity, it looks like 'Dante's peak' if you've seen the film, we went to a geothermal park and saw the boiling mud pools and different craters. We then drove to Taupo and stopped on the way to watch some people from our tour do some zorbing which was quite amusing! We had a great night in last night, learning some new drinking games.