On to The Stinky City
Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
96Trip End Oct 02, 2005
We drove from waitomo after going to the museum in the visitors centre and scrambling through a few man made caves before heading up to Hamilton. There isn't much about this place in the lonely planet, however, it is apparently where Richard Obrian thought up the whole rocky horror picture show and there is a statue as an ode to him. There was also a slightly political poster on the building there, just look at the pictures and you'll see it.
After Hamilton it was over to Tirau where we were greeted with a whole host of buildings decorated in corrugated iron. The highlight being the sheep and the dog tourist info centre. We then headed over to Rotorua where we were greeted with a lovely sulphur smell, lots of thermal pools around there you see.
7th August 2005
This morning, like fools, we went to the luge at the Rotorua Skyway. This would have been ok but we decided to do it after it had been pising it down all night and all morning. Needless to say that after our first trip down the hill we were soaked, unable to grip and the luge is not meant for wet weather racing, and more importantly it is not made for wet weather braking. On the last run we did, it was make or break for who would win the best of 5 contest. Sarah took me on a corner then downhill, however she forgot about the sharp bend at the base of the steep hill, went straight off the track and into a big muddy mud thing. Needless to say she stopped dead. And lost. Again.
We booked ourselves into a Mauri night aswell so it was off there for 6.30pm. We were greeted with a traditional maori welcome before being led to our seats. we decided to go for an indoor show due to the weather, and along with us there were around 6 tables full of japanese tourists. The maori show started well, however, it didn't take long for the cast to start laughing amongst themselves. The reason for this became apparent when the next song they sang and danced to sounded very very very much like the Postman Pat theme tune. The next song, without a doubt was the song My Guy. They were taking the piss a bit. They did get me up on stage to do the Haka though which was great fun. After the show it was an all you can eat fest, and once again the japanese tourists made great entertainment with their buffet skills. All on one plate you had seafood, roast meats, gravy, potatoes, veg, salad, cheese and biscuits, cake and fruit. Its such a shame that the tour bus driver doesn't tell them that they can go back up to get food and don't have to get it all in one go, all on the same plate.