A Taste of New Zealand’s Māori Culture

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

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Black Water Rafting in Waitomo

November 4th, 2017

Today’s adventure started with the Karangahake Gorge Walk. Its was a short easy trek through suspended bridges and old gold mining tunnels. We made buddies, three girls, one from Netherlands, another from Sweden and the last from Switzerland. It was a good morning.


Later that afternoon, we arrived at Waitomo by bus, where we met Kevin, Carolynn, James, another James, Chloe and Lauren. We were all signed up for The Black Abyss which is the five hour tour of Black Water Rafting. Our wonderful guide Nikki, went over some quick rules before stuffing all eight of us into a bus and shipping us to the other side of town, where the adventure would take place.

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