Daily Archives: December 22, 2011

NZ Trip: Rotorua – Agrodome Farm Tour (Alpacas!!)

I may appear to be writing about a farm tour that we went on but I actually just need an excuse to put up lots of pictures of alpacas! I love alpacas! They are ridiculously adorable. I wish I could have a pet alpaca. Anyway, we went on the Agrodome organic farm tour because Anya had such a great time feeding the animals when we visited the farms on Philip Island and in Melbourne last year.

However, that was half a lifetime ago for her and since then, she has become a little coward who is afraid of farm animals. SIGH! She only attempted to feed the ducks by throwing food at them from the safety of the vehicle. I enjoyed feeding the alpacas though so it wasn’t a complete waste of time! We also got to taste kiwifruit juice, wine and honey.

old macdonald had a farm... e-i-e-i-o!

Anya the scaredy cat

feeding alpacas (and greedy goats that kept butting in)

one alpaca!

two alpacas!

three alpacas!

kiwifruit and honey bees

Anya trying some kiwifruit juice

the three little pigs

evil ostriches

the ostrich bit me!!

pretty drinks at the cafe


NZ Trip: Rotorua – Skyline Gondola & Luge and ZORB

There are so many fun things to do in Rotorua! After Wai-O-Tapu, we went on the Skyline gondola and luge. They are the same people responsible for the luge at Sentosa. Adrian and Nav went first and then came back up on the chair lift. The last time I was in NZ, I couldn’t do the luge cos I was 5 months pregnant with Anya. So I was very happy to be able to do it this time, again with Anya. We took the scenic route but it was still pretty exciting! Anya was a little nervous on the chair lift on the way up but I think she had fun.

We also went to ZORB! Adrian and Navin did the Zydro together where they sloshed around in the water inside the ball rolling down the hill. Although warm water was used, I think the guys were freezing afterwards. Angie and I did the Zorbit separately. We each jumped into the ball, got strapped into a harness inside, and rolled head over heels down the hill. It was really fun but the Zorbit was definitely a bit scary!

in the Skyline gondola

weather looks decent here but it was actually raining

Adrian & Nav

surprisingly, Adrian managed to find a helmet that fit

Adrian and Nav: ready to roll

Angie & I waiting to be brought up the hill

the hills are alive with the sound of screaming

that's how I roll!

this is what I look like after tumbling about 17 times

the ball is giving birth to me

ta dah! me and my mama ball!

NZ Trip: Rotorua – Wai-O-Tapu

We woke earlier than usual so that we could rush to catch the 10.15am eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. The geyser doesn’t naturally erupt at 10.15am; a park guide induces the eruption by adding soap (or something slightly more sophisticated, I’m not sure) to break the surface tension. The water shoots up to about 20 metres and it’s quite a spectacular sight. We spent some time exploring the rest of the attractions at Wai-O-Tapu but it was a rainy day so we skipped the furthest track which had a lot of steps. We still managed to see a lot of interesting features though.

Lady Knox Geyser

little devil at the Devil's Home

Thunder Crater

Anya and her umbrella

where do we go from here?

a quick family photo before crossing the boardwalk

deposits at the edge of Champagne Pool

walking in a thermal wonderland

highlighter yellow Devil's Bath