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Goodbye Rotorua

Goodbye Rotorua

Well our time here in Rotorua has come to an end. Tomorrow morning Kendall and I will be on our way to Taupo to start the next leg of our journey. We have been stagnant for quite some time now and the excitement is really building. It honestly feels like we are just starting off our trip, but as everyone knows we have been gone almost 9 months.

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Great day for adventure!

Great day for adventure!

Luke and I have had the greatest day off today filled with sunshine, adrenaline rushes AND pizza! I know, what more could we ask for?

We spent our afternoon as guests of the Agroventures company here in Rotorua which provide for their daredevil clientele the opportunity to bungy jump, swoop (basically bungy jumping but in a body bag), jet boat, shweeb (like a super fast pod bicycle), and to freefallxtreme (basically ‘flying’ over an inclosed wind tunnel) all in one convenient location close to town. 

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Day off in Rotorua

Kendall and I do not get many days off, so when we actually do we try to make the best of it! Last week we had the afternoon free, so we decided to take a nice walk through town.

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Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland

We’ve written a little bit about this before, but the Rotorua region (also known as the Taupo Volcanic Zone) is famously known for its geothermal activity. One of the best places to actually experience the geothermal madness is at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Meaning ‘sacred waters’ in Maori, Wai-O-Tapu is the largest area of surface thermal activity in the region. It boasts very cool multicoloured steaming thermal pools, a geyser and various boiling mud pools.

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Canada Day and general life in Rotorua

Canada Day and general life in Rotorua

It has been a few weeks since the last post and a few people (by a few people I mean our parents because outside of them I doubt anyone else cares hehe) have been asking what Kendall and I actually do in our spare time. The thing is we do not really have much free time. The hostel office is open from 8 am to around 10:30 pm so we split the day in two shifts 8am- 3:30pm and 3:30pm to close. We have one day off a week, and get to leave the hostel together! Yey! Last week we went to a fancy 4 star hotel outside of the city and this week we caught a movie and then got pizza. It is not really the glamorous travel-lifestyle that we had hoped for, but we are making a few bucks which will pay the way for future travel and frankly, at least for me, it totally beats working 9-5 in an office.

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All about rugby

All about rugby

With the Stanley Cup finals starting in a couple of days I can just imagine the hysteria going on back home in Canada, especially in Vancouver. Well things here in New Zealand are pretty much the opposite, no one really talks about the NHL or hockey in general, I am even worried that the final round will not be shown on TV (come on SKYsports!!). The national obsession here is without a doubt rugby. The country is rugby crazy – think how crazy we are about hockey or how the Brits are fanatical about real football and reverse it. It is rugby 24/7 here! Sport channels exclusively dedicated to the sport, top headlines in major newspapers and there is even more buzz in the air because New Zealand is hosting the world cup of rugby this coming September.

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Rafting and New Responsibilities

Rafting and New Responsibilities

Most people who come to New Zealand are here specifically to experience something new, and perhaps to check a few boxes off the old bucket list. For many people this comes in the form of adrenaline- fuelled adventures which are plentiful in this endlessly exhilarating country. This past week we were able to experience two extremely exciting adventure activities, one of which we’ll tell you about right now!

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Luge and Zorb

Luge and Zorb

 As of this week, we have been in New Zealand for nearly six weeks. We must really be enjoying ourselves because the time has absolutely been flying by! This has been especially true as we settle more and more into our temporary life here in Rotorua. Although our days have been fairly quiet up until now, we have taken some time to experience a few of the many great activities the Rotorua area has to offer.

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Funky Green Rotorua

Funky Green Rotorua

After arriving in Rotorua 2 weeks ago (wow it has been that long already!?) Kendall and I are starting to really settle down and are on our way to becoming temporary ‘locals’. We instantly felt good about this town, and why wouldn’t you? Rotorua is the tourist capital of the North Island and the geothermic centre of New Zealand. The town is situated on a geothermic sulphur hotspot and draws most of its energy from the underground source.

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