Last week, me and two of my best friends resolute that we go to Rotorua at the weekend. We went to the Stagecouch Bus office and booked six tickets to Rotorua and back, it costed each of us 72 Dollar. We asked before some guys from our school if they would to come with us. Then we were six guys, one Brazilian, one Korean, two Swiss girls, me and another Swiss guy. So we didn`t go to school last Friday and we started our journey at 8 o` clock near the Sky Tower. We drove with the bus four hours via Hamilton to Rotorua. Arrived in Rotorua, we searched for a backpackers for two nights. Fortunately the backpacker was nearly booked up so they gave us a four bed Suite and a double room for the girls. The owner of the backpackers was extremely friendly and the rooms were very comfortable. Two minutes next to our rooms was a very big shopping center where we bought our dinner and other stuff. After we went to the kitchen in the backpackers and cooked spaghetti and tomato sauce. We enjoyed our evening by six in our suite. I think this was the best evening I have had in New Zealand. On Saturday morning after not much sleep, we ate breakfast and went to the info center in Rotorua, there we got some information about activities in Rotorua. We resolved to go to the luge. You drive in extreme modern gondolas (fabricated in Switzerland) 😉 on the top of the mountain and there you drive with little black cars down. After the funny rides we went back to the backpacker and waited of the bus which picked us up and took us to the maori-village. We saw some rituals there, dance shows, how they lived and in the end, everyone could help himself to a long buffet. After our stomachs were full we drove back with the bus and everyone sung his national anthem which was very amusing. In the backpackers we reminisced our funny evening from Friday and got in late. After only few hours sleep we hurried up to the info office and caught the bus back to Auckland.

Story contributed by Michael Zund, a student at Languages International Auckland