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Fun in Taupo

Yesterday we walked 45 minutes along the edge of a river to a natural thermal spring. The water was boiling hot and we had a relaxing time sitting in the pool. That evening we went on a boat ride on lake Taupo, it was freezing out on the lake and we had four layers on, a hat and our hood, and the skipper gave us blankets, bean bags and wine to keep us comfy! We sailed over some quite bumpy water to see the Maori carvings on the cliff face. It was surprising to hear they were only done in the 1970’s, but shows how strong the Maori culture is in this part of NZ (photos to come a bit later).

 
Weather here has been quite changeable – rainy then sunny again, but generally on the chiller side. Today we purchased some gloves, thick socks and warmer coats as we have been told it’s colder in the South Island!
 
Onwards tomorrow with the Stray bus to a working farm in the mountains – hopefully some horse riding awaits yeeha!
 
Love Cordelia (and Kels) xx

 

 

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Stray bus begins!

So far the stray bus has taken us to Ragland, where we stayed at a lodge in the middle of the bush. We went on a forest walk with a few of our fellow travellers and spent the evening eating fish and chips and playing silly games! Next morning we drove to Waitomo to go caving and look at the glow worms – in total darkness the roof of the cave turned into a night sky with thousands of pinpricks of light, was pretty magical. 
 
That evening we arrived at a Maori meeting house and were welcomed onto their family grounds. A small ceremony was held to welcome us and then all 50 of us touched noses twice to say hello or Kia Ora. Then we went to see the waterfalls and  a Maori man broke off some tree branches and showed us how you can eat the substance inside – a cross between apple and coconut! 
 
That evening after dinner they danced and sang for us and performed the huka. Then it was our turn and the girls were taught a short poi routine that we performed for the boys! Went rather well, although we definitely whacked ourselves a couple of times with the poi! That night we all slept in the meeting house on the floor with sleeping bags. 
 
After spending the day in Rotorua and smelling the lovely sulphur egg smell of the geothermal pools, we stopped off at Huka falls. The water cascading down this waterfall can fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in 12 seconds! 
 
Now we are stopping off in Taupo for a few nights before picking up the stray bus again. The lake here is the size of Singapore! Definitely missing the Australian sun as it’s raining today, but the volcanic landscapes of New Zealand are stunning. 
 
Love to all back home
Xxx

Bye Aus, hello NZ!

Had a couple of days in Melbourne, but after a very hectic week we were feeling a bit under the weather so we chilled out in the hostel and city, mostly exploring from the comfort of the free city circle tram. We did the city tour and saw some incredible street art and lane ways. Weather here was much colder than we were used to but the sun did shine on the second day! Sadly this meant our time in Australia was over, we can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. 

 
And now we are writing this from Auckland, New Zealand!! Kia Ora! We are feeling much better and staying in one of our fav hostels yet, Ponsonby Backpackers, and have explored the museum, climbed Mt Eden and walked around the Skytower platform – 192m up and attached to a harness while we walked on a platform only 1m wide. Cordelia was pretty scared and Kels too but not quite as much!! Thankfully it wasn’t too windy today..! 
 
Starting our Stray Bus adventure tomorrow, which is very exciting. Look out for more updates 🙂 
 
Lots of love xxx