Monthly Archives: March 2003

Kiwi Hospitality – Taupo, New Zealand

It was rainy and overcast as I trod up to the Reef Resort Motel. As I walked through the large sliding glass doors into the bright marble tiled lobby, I was reminded of elegant cruises I had enjoyed in the past. This is the difference between backpacking and holidaying. I think when you are travelling for so long, it is important to take a breather every now and then. To relax and be pampered is sometimes just the rejuvenating boost one needs when feeling just a little out of sorts.

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Writing on the Wall – Taupo, New Zealand

Arrived in Taupo and checked into discover I was in the same room as Nir, an old friend from Noosa. In keeping with tradition, we invited him and Mosh along with us for a walk to the Huka Falls. We laughed that every time I see him, I am on my way for a walk.

It was misting a bit so we took our rain suits but turned out we didn`t need them after all. First we watched the Bungee Jump which is 45 meters high. From here you get a gorgeous view overlooking the cliffs and cool blue Waikato River read more

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Funky Green Medina – Rotorua, New Zealand

I was pretty impressed with the backpacker that I stayed at in Rotorua. I knew it was going to be an interesting stay when I had a strange alien conversation with the owner upon checkin. Funky Green Voyager was very eco-friendly and had just the right amount of quirks to make it feel homey. Chris even filled the kitchen with the delicious aroma of freshly baked muffins every morning. I became something of a fixture here. They asked me on several occasions if I wanted to move into the long-termer read more

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Having a Hangi – Rotorua, New Zealand

Kia Ora! A group of us got picked up by Hone Tewarihi Mirinit (aka. Wally) in Waka 94(aka. canoe aka. coach bus number 94). We were on our way to the traditional Maori Village for a night of culture, dancing, singing and food.

On the way out of Rotorua, we elected a chief from our waka and were briefed on the customs of the Maoris. We learned heaps of new words (ka pai = good, paki paki = applause, ai = yes ). We arrived to watch silently and solemnly as the Powhiri (formal welcome) took p read more

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