Day 4: Waitomo to Rotorua
Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
17Trip End Aug 20, 2012
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After the sheep show, we went back to the Zorbing place (which was literally just down the street). Zorbing is where they put you inside a giant hamster ball and roll you down a hill
I had gone Zorbing before in Tennessee, so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. The one in Tennessee just sort of felt like a water slide. But this one was actually a lot more fun. I found that I couldn't just sit up straight the whole time and I ended up flipping around upside down and stuff. I had no idea where I was until they opened up the zipper and birthed me out (the water gushes out with you and makes it look like you're being born). It was so much fun! Then I hurried to change back into my clothes because it was absolutely freezing.
After Zorbing, we went to the skyline gondola and luge place. The majority of people signed up to do the luge, but Lisa and Steven(?) did Rainbow Springs and a lot of people just spent some time in town. We took a gondola up to the top and then had lunch. I had a BLT, and it was pretty good. Then we went down to the luge tracks.
It rained the whole time we were at the luge place, so my hands were frozen by the end of my first run. I actually flew off my cart on one of the turns because I couldn't slow down enough. And this was on the beginner track, where it's supposed to be a leisurely, scenic ride that little kids can do
After luging, we made our way to the hotel where we'd be spending the night. This is when we really started to notice the smell of Rotorua. The whole place smells like sulphur. It's mostly only bad when you first step outside and then you sort of get used to it. It's still not exactly pleasant, though. I liked this hotel because we had a double bed in one room and two singles in the other, and Catherine and Yvette let me take the double. There were even two separate bathrooms!
Dinner tonight was an included traditional Maori hangi with a cultural show. The food was really good (especially the dessert!), and so was the show. They asked one person to come up on stage and accept their welcome on behalf of all of us, and they ended up picking Ketan. When the woman asked what his name was and he told her, she said "Captain?!?!" and the nickname stuck. For the rest of the tour, he was Captain. They also had a bunch of women from the audience come up for the poi dance, and the men came up for the haka. This was one of the few chances we had to experience the Maori culture, so I'm glad it was included in the tour. It was a pretty good night.