Hahei, Raglan, Waitomo Caves and Uncle Boy's
Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
57Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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The next morning we left rainy Hahei behind us and headed to the surf town of Raglan. Thankfully the weather there was gorgeous, and we were all keen to get out on the beach. Some of our group went off to have surfing lessons, and the rest of us just chilled on the beach and had a few beers. It was so relaxing, just watching the surfers and sunbathing. Then we went back to our hostel in time to see the sun set at 'Inspiration Point'. Another beautiful sight. Finally, we had a superhero party, with everybody dressing up in whatever they could find in their backpacks! I went as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, with my green rucksack as my shell! It was sweet as!
The next day with everyone nursing hangovers, we went cross country, stopping at Waitomo Caves. Waitomo Caves are these famous underground caves filled with glow worms! I did the toobing activity, along with lots of my group. We were driven to caves, and had to get in these horrible wetsuits, which were super tight, and didn't really fit. Then on top of that we had wetsuit jackets, helmets, wetsuit socks and white wellies
Afterwards, we made our wat to Maketu, and a place called "Uncle Boy's". This was our Maori cultural experience. We turned up and were given a warm welcome by Uncle Boy himself, before having a stern talk about the rules and the respect that had to be shown there. Our chief for the evening was also chosen, and it was Eugene, the oldest member of our group. We were given a traditional 'hangi' meal, which was abosolutely delicious! There was so much food, and it was the first proper home-cooked meal I'd had since leaving home! Then we were taken into the meeting house, and our chief was challenged by the tribe, before we were welcomed in. We were then seperated in men and women, and the men went off to learn the haka, and us girls learned the poi dance. The poi is like a ball on a rope, and you have to swing and catch it in time to the music. Sounds easy, but it was actually really hard! However, the girl teaching us said we were the fastest group to learn it. Then the men came back, and we performed our poi dance, before they showed off their haka. It was so funny watching them all, but they were really good. After we had all performed, we laid our beds in the meeting house for everyone to sleep on. And we had had time for a bonfire on the beach, with an acoustic guitar and group sing-a-long to 'Wonderwall', before heading to bed.
That's it for the first part of my North Island tour, already lots of cool experiences!