Rotorua

On Tuesday 7th November, I had to check out of my hostel by 10 am. The day before I realised I’d paid twice for the night in Raglan. When I was there I remembered I had a voucher for the surf lesson but forgot I had one for accommodation as well. I went to Peterpans but of course I didn’t get any money back. At least I got some vouchers for drinks or discounts at some pubs in Rotorua. I really should be more organised! Then I walked along the lake and later to Sulphur Point where you can see the two differently coloured lakes.

For lunch I went to a pub I had a 5% off voucher for and had a vegetarian quiche and a smoothie. Around 2 pm I checked in at the YHA. Three travellers from the trip to the East Cape let me know that there was a free bed in their dorm and it was nice to share a room with people I already knew. In the evening I got picked up for Tamaki Village, where we got welcomed with the Haka, the traditional Maori war dance. Then we learned about there history,  culture, tattoos, wood carvings, and the preparation of a hangi, a traditional method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven. After a show with song and dance we got served the hangi dinner with lamb, chicken, fish, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and stuffing. The evening was very interesting and the food was delicious but it was very touristy as well. Originally two brothers started the business off with a minibus and now they entertain five bus loads every night.