Good morning kids!
Well don't get too excited for me, but I am off to LA tomorrow - wooooooohoooooooo.
I'm glad that I was only in New Zealand for 2 weeks as I have managed to see everything I wanted and have not spent too much money, as I feared that I would.
Rotorua was awesome, it was stinky, but only if you were standing within 10 feet of a mud pool or some kind of thermal area. They actually have volcanic areas within 2 minutes walk from the CBD. It's incredibly scary to think that one day a big explosion will wipe out the entire city. The last eruption was in 2001... not so long ago!
I saw Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu thermal parks and saw the Lady Knox Geyser erupt - it was all pretty exciting!
The weather was pretty awful in Rotorua - the plane was diverted to Auckland as the cloud was so low. But that was ok, at least we were safe!
Onto Waitomo Caves .... the village itself is tiny! There was one shop, one internet cafe and one visitor centre. As soon as we arrived i booked onto a tour of one of the caves, it was the longest tour you could take without getting wet (by going rafting!) It was a wonderful tour, the guide was very knowledgable. Well, there's not much more to say about that. There is a photo or two on photobucket, but as you can imagine the pictures didn't turn out well, so I am not uploading them!
Auckland is a nice city, but as it is built on a volcanic area everyting, and I really mean everything is uphill!! It's really annoying at times as the walk from the bus stop to the hostel only seemed like a 10 minute walk on the map.... in realisty it took me 40 minutes and I nearly died from exhaustion!
That's all for now readers, I only have 9 minutes left til i explode..... hahaha - nah not really!!