November 5th, 2017
The day started off with a short trek through the Ruakuri Walk which is in the Waitomo area. The loop took us along a forested gorge with plenty of lush green trees and bushes, natural sculpted cliffs and under low limestone arches. There were cave openings full of water and some that we could walk through. This place looked like a jungle.
Once we completed our walk, we made a quick stop in Hobbiton before heading south to Rotorua. The Hobbiton Movie Set is a significant location that was used for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series. Since Sara and I had never seen the films, we weren’t interested in going to the set and it was expensive, so we decided not to participate. Instead, we had a quick lunch and continued on to Rotorua with a few other travellers. Anna, our bus driver dropped us off at the Tamaki Centre. Sara, Rachel (from London, England) and myself (Kisa) walked around town for a couple hours. Sara and I bought really cheap bathing suits at a warehouse store as we didn’t pack any because we wanted to save on weight for our thru-hike. At one store, Rachel and I were standing there talking while sara was busy paying for a shirt. As we were chatting, I began to play with a rack of clothes and the next thing you know the