The morning greeted an extremely tired team who hopped onto a bus. We went from Rotorua towards rocks n' ropes. This was about an hour drive. Once there we climbed a series of large hydro poles and walked across them high up in the air. For the finale we all jumped off a huge swing. Everyone had some interesting reactions when they first started to free fall. It took a few hours for everyone to go through and then we hopped on the bus again.
It was a 4.5-hour drive to our next destination (Wanganui). There we toured the Ranui Angus stud. They run around 3,000 sheep and 200 cows. We got to see a couple pens of yearling heifers, and we also got to see their sheep dogs herd about 40 sheep. Then we got to each drive in these dune buggies they had that cost over 100,000$ each. The owners drove them straight across the side of steep hills, and they managed to keep their balance. They were incredible machines, and its hard to believe the size of hills that they could climb.
After our tour there, we moved up the road to his father's place and saw a couple pens of yearling heifers there as well. We also saw his sale facility where they have two purebred sales a year. It was an incredible facility, and they had an even more incredible handling system out back. From there it was just a short drive to the hotel. We ate dinner right at the hotel, and then it was early to bed for a very tired team.
Posted by Matt Bates