The Lakehouse Hotel
4145 Lake Road, Rotorua, 3040, New Zealand
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Ohinemutu Maori church
maori church tart-up
With "The Chief"
Transportation via the Caves
I am planning a visit and my itinerary takes me from Auckland to Rotorua. I have learned about and found coach (bus) transportation from Rotorua to Auckland with a stop to tour the caves, but can't locate the trip in the reverse direction. Can anyone give me the name of a transport/tour company that would have such a trip? P.S. I'm having a similar problem with a one way from Queenstown to Christchurch including a stop at the Glacier in Mt. Cook, if you might have any information on that as well. I assume that the trips operate in both directions as the coaches have to return anyway.
Re: Transportation via the Caves
If you have found the trip on the Kiwi Experience bus network it will not operate in the reverse direction. You have only Rotorua to Waitomo but not Waitomo to Rotorua.
I do not know exactly which other companies stop exactly at the caves but you can check out these:
However, the Intercity network shows that you have to go Rotorua - Hamilton and Hamilton - Waitomo or vice-versa. It is just more time-consuming than a direct serive.
The Waitomo Wanderer has daily services to and from Rotorua:
Perhaps some North Islanders know of other shuttle services. Here on the South Island where I live I see new shuttle services every week, I nearly cannot keep up to date.
The Intercity definetely operates Queenstown - Mt. Cook - Christchurch in both directions. Most other shuttles do not go to Mt. Cook Village. However, there are other possibilities.
From Twizel (nearest town to Mt. Cook on the State Highway) you can take a local shuttle to Mt. Cook Village:
Hope this helps.
Travel Tips for Rotorua
When in Rotorua, do go for at least one cultural show. I asked around and people told me to go for the Tamaki tour and so I booked myself on the evening tour. We were greeted by the friendly bus driver and she took us to the village. Never a dull moment on the bus as she made it a very enjoyable trip from the start till the end till she drop us at our accomodation. Supringsly, she remembered everybody's name ! Our goodbye ended with the ' hongi ' - pressing of the nose between two people.
QE HEALTH - AIX MASSAGE
While I was in Rotorua I had the pleasure of experiencing a wonderful Aix Massage at the QE Health Centre in Rotorua.
QE Health is a world class centre for the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis. In addition to these specialised services they also offer spa treatments. I had a half hour "aix massage" which is a massage using oils and warm mineral water jets across your body. It cost $40 for 1/2 hour.
The massages are very popular so I recommend calling ahead and booking. They are open Mon - Fri 8am-10pm and Sat - Sun 2pm - 10pm.
Address: Cnr Whakaue St & Fenton St
Most Colourful Geothermal Park
Wai-O-Tapu means Sacred Water. This is New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic environment. See the Champagne Pool, Artist's Palette, Lady Knox, Devil's Bath... Allow at least 2 hours to stroll & admire this magnificent park.
The trip won't be complete without the experiencing the eruption of Lady Knox Geyser @ 10:15am daily (guaruantee!! - you'll find out when you visit). Get there early to get yourself a good spot!! It's located off the main park (will be signposted).
Opens 8:30am - 5:00pm daily (last admission @ 3:45pm)
I've been there 3 times over the past 10 years. So, what do you think of it?!
Waimangu Thermal Valley.
Waimangu Thermal Valley is about 25km south of Rotorua. There is a walk through the valley which passes some amazing boiling pools. There is a small silica terrace at the end of the walk. You can access the shore of Lake Tarawera through here and see the brooding Mt Tarawera, still looking menacing after all these years.
Whakarewarewa: The Thermal Village
Whakarewarewa is the most accessible of the thermal parks as it is situated right in the suburbs of Rotorua itself. Whilst not as conventionally spectacular as, say, Wai-O-Tapu, Whakarewarewa is a more rounded attraction encompassing not just the thermal areas it contains but also focussing strongly on Maori culture.
There is a small 'village' of Maori buildings, including a Marae and houses devoted to Maori Arts and Culture. Every day there are exhibitions and dances depicting various things from the culture and these are an opportunity to understand this great and proud culture and their legends.
Other things that can be visited include a full size Maori canoe and an impressive workshop and gallery where you can watch Maori artisans hard at work creating pieces of art with centuries old skills, these you can buy in the shop afterwards as a keepsake of your visit.
The area covered by the park is quite large and a road-train is provided to get you to the good bits without too much walking. Probably the best sights are 'Pohutu' and 'The Prince of Wales Feathers' geysers, as well as an impressive silica terrace and boiling mud pools.
There is plenty here to keep all the family amused!
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