15.04.2011 - 17.04.2011 17 °C
Got the bus from Taupo to Rotorua, only a short one hour journey. Rotorua is a very popular tourist town, known for its Maori culture and thermal parks. It also stinks of rotten eggs! This is due to the thermal activity in the area and the release of sulphur, resulting in the hydrogen sulphide egg smell. You get used to it, but now and again it hits you as you walk out the door. Spent the rest of the day looking around town, it seems packed with tourist shops. Walked through the thermal park in town with its smelly bubbling mud pools. With the steam rising from them they don't make great photos, but I tried anyway. Walked up to another lake, lake Rotorua and back to the hostel as my legs were still aching and complaining of the excessive physical exercise.
It more or less rained all day today so didn't get a chance to do much. Went to get some food but mainly just rested... my legs were grateful.
A much nicer day today. I walked into town and got a bus out into another near by town. This is where they run Zorbing, among other things. Rotorua is where Zorbing was first created and made available. Unfortunately they weren't running the dry option that I wanted to do, only the wet version. I had paid for the bus so decided to do it, luckily I had brought a change of clothes as a back up. The Zorb's are basically large inflatable balls, you climb in and get pushed down a hill, simple. At the top of the hill they filled the ball of some water (warm water thankfully) and you then dive in through a small hole. I then got pushed down a zig zag hill. I had watched other people do it and thought it looked quite slow and tame... I was wrong. The central sphere you climb into isn't totally see through so the outside looks blurry and your getting thrown around with water. Its very disorientating. Throw some soap in and it might as well be a washing machine, I could have come out clean. It was over fairly quickly but was good fun.
Got the bus back to town and had lunch while looking around, most places closed on a Sunday though. Tomorrow I head to Auckland.