08.01.2014 - 16.01.2014 18 °C
Flew from Brisbane to Auckland where I stayed for a few days. Whilst in Auckland I visited the Auckland Harbour, Sky Tower, Auckland Domain, Mount Eden, Mount Victoria and Devonsport.
I started on the Stray bus on Sunday where they pick you up outside your hostel and get everyone to introduce themselves etc before heading to the office to sign in and a Stray orange pass (so can get on and off the bus)
The first day we went to the Hot Water Beach. This is where you dig a hole in the sand and the water that comes through is hot (as hot as a bath) Stop off in Thames before heading to Hahei Beach where there is a beautiful beach and Cathedral Cove.
The second day we went to Bridal Veil Waterfall, which was just so beautiful and spent a night in Raglan in a cabin style hostel which is in the middle of forest, really cute hostel.
The third day we went to Waitomo Caves where I did the TumuTumu Toobing which was all underground and involved climbing rocks, swimming in the water also jumping off rocks on to black inflatable items. The guide, Brad, was amazing as well. Saw LOTS of glowworms, the reason they glow is to attract insects etc and this is threw lightening up their poo.
In the evening went and stayed at a Wharenui (a Maori meeting house). Within this night they gave us entry in to their lifestyles, such as no shoes, drink or food in the area where we slept. They give pray to everything – always what they have not -asking for more. Stories from their tradition, after showing us their traditional dances and getting the girls to learn the poi and the boys to learn the Haka. This night taught me a lot and honestly was one of the most amazing things so far.
The fourth day went to the geothermal mud baths. This was extremely weird as one pool temperature would be different to the next pool temperature. There were hot and cold pools metres from each other. Got to put mud over my hands and feet and it makes your skin extremely soft!
So far on the travels in New Zealand my main comment would be BEAUTIFUL scenery… the hills, mountains, old volcanoes, waterfalls etc, the list goes on and on.