Kia Ora! =)
Haven’t forgot about the blog like I do sometimes 😛 I’ve just not had time to update as the past week has been very busy. After Waitomo we went to Rotorua. On the way there we stopped at Ruakuri Bush and did a 30min walk. It was really nice with the natural tunnels. One of my highlights was about to incur this day, Hobbiton! 😀 That was our next stop after the bush walk. I loved, loved, loved it!!! It was so much fun to walk around in The Shire and see the movie set. I could go back there again haha. It was just too pretty 😀
After the Hobbiton our day got a bit stressful. I had to check in at Astray Motel & Backpackers really quick and just get an overnight bag as me, 3 others and our tour guide were heading to Tamaki Maori Village. We were greeted by a Maori and he welcomed us the Maori way with speech and song. We then had really good cakes and tea followed by story telling which was very interesting and fascinating. After that we learned how to make flowers for sacrificing from the warriors and later on the rest of the group joined us and we watched a very nice Maori show with music, dance and other traditional performances. We were then served Hani which is Maori dinner (gooooddd) and everybody else left after that except us 5. We stayed for the night and so we ended our evening with drinks by the fireplace and then in the morning we had breakfast together before going back to our accommodation in Rotorua.
I relaxed a bit when I got to the motel as I hadn’t slept very well the evening before and then I took a stroll around town but ended up in Kuirau Park which is a small park but beautiful. That day they had food market which suits me perfect haha. I got my lunch from there and then one of the other travellers joined me and we headed for our adventure, mountain biking 😛
We got our bikes at Mountain Bike Rotorua and then biked to Kakapiko Bush. It was so hard to mountain bike, damn. Of course I hurt myself a bit as well 😛 Always do haha. It was fun anyway though and it’s a nice bush. After that I had a shower, relaxed a bit and then went out for food. I ended up at Eat Street which I didn’t know they had there and it was so nice!!! Restaurants, bars, live music. I loved it. I had dinner at Leonardo’s which is Italian and then dessert at Lady Janes (yummy ice-cream). With the dessert, I took a stroll along Lake Rotorua and the lakefront was lovely. Perfect weather as well.
After some time I started walking back to the motel but changed my mind on the way and went to The Government Gardens instead. It’s not a very big park but it’s beautiful!! Rotorua was a good city even though it was small =) There definitely are a lot of things to do there.
See you in Taupo =)