Leisure Inn Rotorua
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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- Got in, walked to the lake, it was a decent lake
- Every once in a while it would drizzle a tiny amount, but not enough to actually be annoying
- it is close to hot springs and geysers so that every once in a while the smell of rotten eggs was quite strong.
- which turned out to be annoying because sometimes I walked past a good smelling restaurant, but halfway through, the smell was overtaken by the rotten eggs.
... for it! In the afternoon we drove up to Rotorua, which is on a lake formed by a volcano rim. Around the lake are areas where the volcano creates steaming water and bubbling mud pools.
In the evening we enjoyed a Maori feast with dancing and singing. Every group had a leader chosen who had to dance the famed Haka, undertake weaponry displays and lead the signing on the way home. No prizes for guessing who ...
... men were so expressive with their faces and bodies and could tell a story through dance. Next we went and learned how they would hunt, live, cook, entertain and learn. Scott got chosen to learn the Haka with the Maori chief. He was so good! We loved the Haka and wish we had something similar back home. I got chosen when the women were explaining games they would play to keep entertained. I did the stick game where you had the move left or right depending on a signal before ...
... she was a bit mardy! I also learnt how the horses are trained in a round pen, and helped (I think) to train Zeb, a young pony who hadn't been ridden for a while. On 16th November we went to a horse ploughing day, where an exhibition Clydesdale horses were. Ploughing the fields. These large horses were tacked up to the ploughs, and was amazing to watch the skill of the ploughman steering and turning the horses. Rex thought he would have a ...
... So that was nice.
I actually slept pretty well in the shed. It probably had something to do with the fact it had been the first time in a week we hadn't had an uncomfortable coating of sand on the bed sheets. Either that of the quarter bottle of Fijian rum I had consumed the night before. We set off into Auckland for a spy around and given that we would only have one full day here we settled for a short bus tour of the city. Our first stop was Mount Eden, ...