Getting busy in Rotorua.

Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
Trip End May 07, 2008

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Another scenic little drive from Tauranga to Rotorua and two minutes into the town and we could smell the sulphur from the thermals all over the parks and hot spas. You do get used to it soon enough though. And of course it gives you license to add to it yourself I'm sure if need be without anyone noticing. We ended up chilling out the first day and settled into our camp for the night before the activities the next day.

First on the list of activities was a thing called the swoop. Basically you are wrapped up in a sleeping bag and winched 50 metres into the air. We decided to go tandem to share the laugh and Conor was left with the duties of pulling the rip cord. The problem was we were sideways at the top but seeing as how we couldn't turn ourselves back around the rip cord was pulled and off we went. Head first for the ground intitially until the cables came taught and sent us skimming about 10 feet off the ground at 150km/ph and out the other side of the gantry before gravity took over again and backwards we went. Great fun but as with all those type of rides , just to short. But nonetheless a good start.

After a brief bite to eat and some r&r we headed down the road to our next activity. Zorbing. A 12 foot inflatable ball with a pod in the middle suspended dead centre by spokes made of cable. Lou being claustrophobic was a bit aprehensible about this one but with a few words of "Woooooo hoooooo come on you gotta do it" from Conor she signed up. We watched others being flung down the hill in these Zorbs inside the pod so it looked like a lot of fun. Conor went first in a ball covered in condensation so seeing what was coming on the Zig Zag course was impossible. You superman jump through a small tunnell into the pod and after they chuck in some water and zip it up off you go. There's no point trying to stand up like a hamster in an excercise wheel you just get knocked off your feet when you hit the first corner. Basically it's like a water slide and rollercoaster in one. so you just sit on your ass and fall all over the place while this ball tumbles down the hill. Kiwis think of everything. Lou didn't love it that much due to the small enclosed space but she did it no less and forced a smile when she got out. She's hard as nails really.

Next day we hit a large hill outside of town for the skycar lift up to the top to do some luge racing. This was far better than we had imagined. You get a helmet and a little luge go-cart and after choosing between either the Scenic, Intermediate or advanced track you went flying back down the hill only to be brought back up on a chair lift. No scenic routes for us. Straight to the intermediate to get the feel of the wheels and it was class. I dunno what speed you can get up to but it was fast enough to have us laughing the whole way down. Conor tried the advanced after that which included a 4 foot jump and much faster straights again. Some of the corners were like those from the film Days of Thunder. Another good day. There's action packed activity absolutely everywhere. These kiwis really love their adrenaline sports.

Next day we hit the road for Taupo to see what it had t offer while taking in a large "Thermal Wonderland" along the way. Plenty to see and basically just a good way to get out of the car for a couple of hours in transit. The food over here is gorgeous too and being summer they have loadsa lovely fresh fruit and veg. Not to mention the beer at roughly ten euro for 18 bottles. It would make you sick huh. Good food, good weather and cheap beer. We're really struggling.
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