Day 22 - Fri 2 May 2003
Up for 7am, a
shower and checked out of the backpackers - then down to the bus station to find my bus.
So it looks like I'm on my way to Rotorua, I was chatting to a Scottish lady at the bus
stop, she was very interested in how I travel.
Our driver does
seem to be obsessed with keeping to time, we have to be back on the bus 'ASAP' after our
comfort break at Hamilton - an NO food or drink on the bus.
through some verdant countryside now, with rolling hills, patches of trees and
agriculture. A blind runner has just joined the bus and met a friend on-board, they
compare race times. I have no idea what created this landscape - it's a wealth of rolling
hills - could it be glacial?
through a place called Huntly - death central, two huge cemeteries. One on the way into
town, and another on a hillside on the way out of town.
We're late - the
bus driver is going to do his nut. People are NOT on the bus, in their seats waiting to
depart... We left 2 minutes late. We're heading for some big hills now, the tops are in
the cloud, and the weather looks like it's closing in. I wonder if Rotorua is in the
hills? This place reminds me of rural Ireland - they kindly advertise what crops they are
- I've seem more of them in this 80km trip, than the rest of my whole journey.
Rotorua, and found my accommodation, it's a B&B run by a couple from Yorkshire! Then
headed out to see Whakarewarewn, the thermal park 2km south of the town. NZ$20 to get in,
but it was worth it, lots of thermal pools, and a geyser going off full pelt. It's started
to rain very heavily - I gave up waiting for a bus, and shared a taxi back into town.
Spent an hour or
two chatting to a Welsh girl who is over in New Zealand visiting relatives - she said that
she couldn't get over the size of Auckland - downtown Tokyo would have blown her mind!
Later met up with an Irishman, who worked in the offshore gas industry. He's been around
the world with his job. Spent about 3hrs talking to him about his adventures.
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