Exporing Rotorua and Lake Taupo

We woke up this morning and headed right to the long awaited (by Josh at least), sheep show at the Agrodome.

The kids had a lot of fun watching the actual show. Josh was selected to keep the gate closed for a sheep. Of course, the sheep just ended up jumping the gate and he was fired as a gate keeper:)

The kids were also selected to come up on stage and were asked to drink some milk from bottles. Of course they ended up feeding some baby lambs.

We took a farm tour where they had a blast feeding the sheep (and other animals), got to taste some kiwi juice, eat some honey and visit a kiwi grove.

After visiting the Agrodome, we headed down to Lake Taupo, where we viewed the lake as well as walked the trail to the stunning Huka Falls.

Finally, we went to Wai-o-tapu, another geothermal park. Although we didn’t see the geyser erupt (it only erupts once a day), we got to see the craters, mud pools and gorgeous coloured pools. It was stunning (a bit smelly however).

To end off our New Zealand experience, we went to the Mitai Village for a traditional Hangi feast. Before the feast we got to learn a bit of Maori history, see them come in on a war canoe, demonstrate using their weapons, and perform some traditional songs and dance – including the Haka.

Dinner was an amazing feast cooked traditionally in the ground (Hangi). This was where I set the table on fire:))) After putting the fire out, we ate the amazing foods and the kids gorged themselves on the yummy trifle, chocolate log and pavlova. We then walked through the forest with flashlight and viewed some of the flora and saw some more glowworms. The star speckled sky was pretty perfect too for our starlight starbright:) (I threw in a pic of the cutest older couple at our table. Still holding hands:))

All in all, we are definitely coming back to New Zealand!


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Exporing Rotorua and Lake Taupo — 1 Comment

  1. so many cool things you are doing. Reading it makes me realize how far away you really are.

    The kids all look happy and relaxed. Enjoy part two of your vacation!
    Thinking of you all often.
    Tarina

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