March 17, 2008

Rotorua - Royden's Farm

Our third day in Rotorua was one of the highlights of our trip. Our hosts took us to Royden's Farm, just outside the city. The Royden family has a little slice of paradise they generously share with the rest of us. It was absolutely idyllic.The first this we saw was a big rope swing.
Farther down the hill there was a homemade water slidewith a deliciously dirt pool of water at the bottom.The kids had a great time slipping, sliding,and splashing.
The braver souls went for a float in a beautiful (and very cold!) little stream.
After a picnic lunch we all went for a hike where we found this water wheel
and a hose where we drank fresh water from the stream.
Jerry had another swing on a rope,then the kids caught some remarkably tame eels after luring them over with salami.Our final adventure at the farm was sliding down a grassy slope on cardboard.
Then it was time to hit the road, though I think I could happily stay at Royden's Farm forever!

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