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... ambling round we decided to preserve our energy and hunt down a suitable camp spot that would be as close to the start point the following morning as possible as getting to the car park for 6am was already a challenge in itself so we didn't want a long drive on top of that!
A hidden layby on a hill just 10 minutes from the start point did just the job, and it even had a solitary track that led to ...
... were more than welcome to go ahead of us as we were going to be the perpetual snails in comparison.
We arrived at the beginning of the trail at 7:30am and it was already busy, with people from all walks of life setting off on the 19.4 kilometre trek from Mangatepopo at an altitude of 1120 metres to the finish, a seven hour walk away at Kehetahi Hot Springs. Debbie and I had been exceptionally fortunate on our trip the year before that it had been dry and not too hot. This ...
... McDonald's wifi was struggling. We moved around the restaurant trying to get on it. Eventually I connected my iPad and we got onto Ebookers (good discount codes). It brought up the Ibis!!!!! For £53. She told us it was full? They obviously book out rooms to certain internet companies. She could have told us this. We booked it and headed back to the Ibis to check in ...again! Once in our room we repacked our bags for the flight and got into our snugly big ...
... was amazing the amount of things you could pick up, play with and investigate. You couldn't really go inside the houses since they were just a facade with the indoor scenes filmed in studios, but it was still a beautiful and magical experience. The only problem was all of the flowers they maintain in the area gave me crazy hayfever, which I'm not sure I've ever had in January before.
That afternoon we arrived in Rotorua, which is sometimes called Sulphur City due ...
... with another 4/5. I managed another 3/5. Which out me out the running for a place in the shoot off. And Lindsey managed to score 2/5. Leaving us to watch on, along with the rest of the bus, as Lee and Fi shot it out for the title. However Maggie told us there was one condition for the shoot off. It had to be done left handed. Now if you have ever tried doing anything wrong handed...golf, darts, pool, writing. You will agree it is hard work, but firing a 12 ...
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