Kellys little boy playing with clay....most NZ kids do not wear shoes!
Kelly and Nadine
Gyser across the street from Steves house
Walking into the cave
Nadine and I jumped on the bus out of Rotoura and on the way to Taupo a few days ago. On our last day in Rotoura we walked around the park and all around town. There where so many geysers in the park. We also got to meet Anita his roommate. I really liked her, she also spent a lot of time in Scotland , her dad plays the bag pipe and for a month she was in the military tattoo which is a big bag pipe band there. She was surprised I knew of it, but I told her how my mom and grandma always dragged me to the shows and forced me to wear a kilt. On the tour bus we stopped in Waitomo to see the glow worms. Pretty much all to do in this town is underground in the cave system. We herd the black water rafting was fun but pricey. So we spent the $100NZ on a 3 hour tour. We had to put wet suits on since it was sooooooo cold! We also got a tube and walked across a farm field to the cave entrance. Everyone had a hard time putting on the suits and boots. It was also hard to walk in, but we all managed. Once in the cave we walked a bit and also floated through We got to see thousands of glow worms! They were stunning! The glowing is used to attract their prey, then the worm comes down to eat. This is the larva stage in their short life, they later turn into a fly and last for about 4 days. The water was sooooo cold, even cold for a girl from Chicago. We also were told to watch out for the eels, New Zealand is known for them. Finally when all was done, we got out and got warm. Some people later on got off the bus to bungee, for a second I considered it but no thanks! It was invented here and most tourist here feel the need to do it. When we got dropped off at the hostel in Taupo Nadine and I called Kelly our next couch surfer to pick us up and he did. We went to his home and met his mom who was just visiting, she was sweet. Kelly is really into hunting boars, deers and goats. He also has 3 hunting dogs outside his house. He has 2 kids who we got to meet and they were very cute. He has another one on the way with his new fiance from Germany. Because he is a guard at a prison he works weird hours but we did get to spend some time with him. Taupo is known mostly for its very large Lake Taupo. People do all kinds of water sports on it, speed boats are a big thing here. There are also a large population of trout here, so lots of people fish here too. Kelly took us with his kids to Craters of the Moon, a large area with huge geysers. He had us sneak in the back way and save us $5. I think he refuses to have to pay to see it, since they just started charging and he thinks it's a waist of money. His kids were picking up things like moss and such to bring to school the next day. He also took us to a dam that is used as a way to run energy. Most of NZ is run on hydro power. He also had Me convinced that some flowers were edible, then started laughing as I was eating it and told me all the couch surfers fall for that trick. He did this more then once which was sad on my part. So once again we had a good experience couch surfing, got to see more and save money. Later on I sent time with his two kids looking up funny videos on youtube and introduced them to Chris Farely. Because it is so cold here we decided not to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is descrbed as New Zealand best one day trek. It is usually not this cold but apparently cold winds from the South Pole have been sweeping across and believe me it is cold. I also got a cell phone to make local calls and sometimes call home. It's prepaid and was about $100NZ. I can use it in Australia as well if I get a new sim card. We are doing a hike later today to Huka falls then on our way tomorrow to Wellington! Miss you all!