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... then. The smell of the town is getting to us but am told it is good for us...hmmmm.
We were collected by two lovely maori ladies in traditional garb from our motel and headed to our night out at the Mitai village. I know it is all done for the tourist dollar (170 bods per night every night of the year) but it was an enjoyable evening with performances from a tribe coming down the river in a canoe to dances ...
... ended with some stories and a song out by the Geyser. We sat under the stars and on stones that were heated from the ground and were actually quite hot! It was a very cool experience and I learned so much about the culture! I'm really glad we went. After our amazing day we're back in the hotel room and have put on mud masks we bought from the gift shop. The Rotorua mud is meant to be great for your skin so we figured we'd try it ...
... with his younger brother Ross who lives in Maroochydore Qld.
Early last week Tony told us Ross was visiting this week so we arranged for Tony, Marlene, brother Ross and his wife Bev to come over on Friday afternoon. Also Brian & Dorothy without telling them Ross would be here.
A very full on chatty reminiscing afternoon ensued as you can imagine, a good two ...
Mitai Maori experience was good with fun intro, show and nice (but not outstanding) meal then walk to see some glow-worms. This was booked through Nakedbus and was a bargain compared to booking direct. Got dropped off at hotel and went to bed.
We did not have time to walk around the free park with sulphur smell and pools due to the Skyline experience taking over 5 hours, rather than the 3 we accounted for.
Up at 5ish for our early morning flight to Fiji..
... we found some lunch and rexised memoris from last visit of possibly the coolest McDonalds we have seen. Not many full sized McDonald Douglas DC3's parked in their carparks, but this one is!!
Just to make the most of our days sightseeing we came back via Aliamuri part way on highway 1, Seemed quicker that way but about the same mileage I think.
Lona wants to check out Hobbitville so next excursion might be north in a MataMata direction.