Weather permitting I will be throwing myself out of an airplane bright and early tomorrow morning from 12,000 feet for a scant $139. Went blackwater rafting which was great - floating down a river in complete blackness save for the ceiling of the cave which is covered with glow worms making it look like a night sky folded and bent - with the echo of people whistling the Star Wars theme song.
Went 4-wheelin' in some amazing countryside/farmland. The quads were fun, kept getting reprimanded by the tour guy for driving crazy, though. Went Zorbing which was whacky and fun - big round ball rolling down a hill you're inside of with some water to keep things somewhat smooth.
Went to a Tamaki Village where the Moari people gave us a taste of their culture and traditions. Prolly the highlight of the trip so far. They did a great dance and just the whole feel of the culture and people was special. Unfortunately I was filming more than taking photos so don't have many good ones.
Went Louging which was pretty good fun. Some good banking turns and drop offs. Got a free ride for no particular reason - something Kiwis seem to have a natural knack for. The attendant just felt like being nice after his friends joked that I should check my camera bag that I had left in his care during my runs since I couldn't louge and film at the same time.
Camped out a couple nights. This morning was mite cold with some rain and my stuff stayed mostly dry. Thanks for the bungees Dad, they worked out great for keeping my tent and bedpad to my pack. Bought a day pack as well which has been helpful.
There was more but that's all the time I have right now. All in the last day or so. Good times. I don't bother looking at my bank account - takes the fun out of it.
will be doing class 5 whitewater rafting soon! (this is not a raftable river tho, except for the ultra insane)