Six on Union
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We turned in the white rented Yaris and boarded the ferry at Picton. The ferry was huge. In addition to passengers, there were huge trucks, campers and even up to 28 rail cars. Nice seating, lounges, cafe's and viewing decks to watch the South island disappear and the North come into focus.
It is a 2 hour and 10 minute …
... the top which led to some great views of Rotorua, once at the top we headed
straight for the Luge, first timers have to take the scenic route first to
familiarise yourself with the luge, they were really easy to handle and good
fun, we rode the ski lifts back to the top and did the intermediate run, much
more fun on this run.
At the top we stopped for
food and a drink, a Latte for me, full fat coke for fatty, ...
... but when we walked past, it was dead. I think this is the hardest thing for me to deal with because when I went to Europe, everything was busy and there were plenty of people. To come here during shoulder season is definitely eye opening. It is great because it means we can do whatever whenever we want, but it is nice to see a busy city! Also, if the more populous north island seems dead, I wonder what the South Island show us... Tomorrow: The Shire, ...
... also be nice to be home and getting stuck into all that needs to be done.
I think I have mentioned the brass band competition on in town this week. There was a parade in town this morning. Part of the judging is their efficiency in marching, So a short walk from the park along Pukuatua St and a left turn, about 500 metres was all.
The bands in turn showed off their ...
... of the local children about the experience we had just witnessed. “Oh it's nothing. It happens all the time here”, one girl said to us!
We know this area has a lot of geothermal activity, but we didn’t realise that it has such a strong effect on the local children. We had had a really good and memorable time in Rotorua, just a shame we would remember it for the wrong reasons...!