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Arriving in Rotorua – Day 28
Sunday 24th April 2005
After the fun and games that Taupo had to offer, Rotorua had a lot to live up to for me. As it turns out, though, Rotorua is a whole new playground, and being bored is not an option. What did day one have up its sleeve for me?
The drive to Rotorua was trouble-free, and I arrived at the hostel in good time. As I entered the Funky Green Voyager, I immediately set eyes on two girls that I had met previously in Orewa. The girls – Jane and Leslie – were great fun and I enjoyed their company, so I knew staying here would be good fun.
I went into town to look around, and felt myself being pulled into a nice little café. There was nobody pulling me, but I ended up inside anyway. After I ordered my drink and sat down, I was aware of what was pulling me in. A beautiful girl delivered my hot beverage to me at my table, and I couldn’t help but engage in a conversation with her. She was lovely, and offered some good advice on some activities to try while in Rotorua – Luging being one of them. She left me with a smile and disappeared behind the counter.
With my belly full, I set out in search of the Gondola to take me up into the hills for a day of fun on the luging slopes. The gondola took you to one of three tracks. After deciding on a track, you sit on your little cart, pull the handle back and roll off down the road in front of you. Once at the bottom, you take the chair lift back up to try another track. Five luges are what you are given altogether, and then you take the gondola back down the hill again. This activity was so much fun that I could have stayed all day. Some people were a little tentative, others were carefree, and some were outright suicidal. Either way, carts were flying about in all directions, and you can really pull off some speed if done the right way. I loved it immensely, but was saddened at the prospect of it being all over. I wondered if I might come back here again at some point, I certainly wanted to.
I had some pasta back at the hostel and got speaking to many of the guests who were wandering about that evening. One girl had a tattoo on her arm today – a Maori symbol – and it looked really good. This is a possibility for me at some point, to get a tattoo.
During the evening I booked White-Water Rafting for tomorrow, (at last), and will probably go Zorbing in the morning as many people have said how much fun it is. I already like Rotorua, the people are incredibly friendly, including the guy who runs this hostel. I know I will enjoy my time here.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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