Friday, March 22, 2013

Fishing, Zorbing,Thermal Valley and Wheelie Action!

With a shorter rest/recovery week I had a chance to get out and about (Canadian accent) in Rotorua and explore.
We headed out to Lake Okataina for a fish on Saturday, but the fish gods weren't smiling on us. Dirk hooked a small rainbow trout right away, so we were sure that it would be a good day on the lake. Turned out we were a little over-confident and didn't get another bite all day. It wasn't all bad though as we got to spend the day trolling around and enjoying the views.

Rockslide on the steep hill
Mount Tarawera
I had zorbing on my list of to-dos while in Rotorua, so on Tuesday Dirk and I decided to try it out. We did our first ride down together down the straight run, and then each did another ride down the Zig-zag. We decided to do the "Zydro" where you aren't harnessed in and there is water in the orb, so it's a lot like splashing around in a washing machine while rolling down a hill. (not that I've tried this) When we got to the bottom of the hill, we met up with a German film crew who were making a 3D movie about New Zealand. They needed some footage of people zorbing so we ended up being volunteer movie stars for an hour! 

The zorb hill

Down the zig-zag track

We took some time on Thursday to walk up into the Whakarewarewa forest to get a view of the Pohutu Geyser and the thermal valley. The geyser didn't put a big show while we were watching, but it can erupt up to 30m.  
Some steam coming from the Pohutu geyser.
The thermal valley with Mount Ngongotaha and Rotorua in the background

Pohutu Geyser

Later Thursday we took our bikes across the road and had some fun practicing our wheelies! Mine aren't exactly impressive yet but they're coming along!

More adventures to come!

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