New Zealand - Day 9
Our first full day in Rotorua. After a home cooked breakfast we headed out to the Agrodome for another sheep shearing show. This time we were treated to a collection of the different breeds of sheep farmed in New Zealand, as well as a shearing demonstration, some cow milking and finally a lamb feeding. After that we popped across to the wool shop to see the wool making machine in action.
It was a very short drive around the corner to the Zorbing centre. Jen was a little nervous about the concept, but the staff convinced her, and when they discovered we were on our honeymoon they insisted we take a 'double wet', the two of us together in a Zorb with some warm water and bubble bath. We were driven up to the top in a rickety old van ('Fasten your seatbelts!'.. there are no seatbelts), then shoved into the giant plastic ball. The next minute was like being in a giant washing machine, an amazing experience! Jen was giggling the whole way down and we were both soaked and soapy by the time we hit the bottom. We are now officially Zorbonauts, with t-shirts to prove it.
We still had a few hours of daylight left so we stopped in at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. A Maori tour guide showed us Maori culture, the Pohutu Geyser, a thermal wonderland, boiling mud pools and a couple of captive kiwi birds.