|Thermal steam is continuous around the villages.|
|A view out our hotel window. Smelly, too.|
|Chicken and vegetables cooked in the ground with|
geothermal heat for a hangi dinner.
|Fortunately, the gondola takes you up and brings you down!|
|Dennis and Larry at the start of the luge run.|
While somewhat skeptic about the therapeutic value of the pools, we all felt much better the next day. In fact, Larry was sure it was not going to do anything to help our aches and pains, he was the first to suggest we do it again! Unfortunately, Vicki and I did not partake of the many spa treatments such as skin detoxification, scrubs and massages. I should have planned that into the itinerary. Shame on me!
|Larry coming in for a crash landing!|
|Three fearless warriors who made fun of me!|
|I just wanted to walk down these stairs!|
|I kept saying, "I can't do this! I can't do this!" But I did!|
|Dennis playing in a stick competition.|
We attended a cultural event at the Tamaki Maori Village since Vicki and Larry had not been with us at the Waitangi Treaty Center. This is a traditional Maori village deep within an ancient Tawa forest. The event lasted 3.5 hours beginning with the Haka ritual ceremony. The audience is actively engaged in the various demonstrations of games, weaving, dancing, etc. It gave us a look at a Pre-European Maori Village and a cultural performance.
|Learning the HAKA!|
The guys were drawn into the action and learned the Haka – sort of! The funny part was at the end when they stick out the tongue in defiance, Larry’s tongue was blue from frozen blue lemonade Slurpee earlier in the day! This time we stayed for the traditional Hangi dinner of chicken and vegetables cooked in the ground on hot rocks and covered with dirt for hours. Actually, it was very tasty!
|The aftermath of blue frozen lemonade!|
|"Don't mess with me!"|
|The ladies have games they play with sticks and|
some type of soft ball on lines.