As we fly inland, the pilot points out the various places of interest below. There is a lot to see, but one of the things that really captures my imagination, is two lakes side by side - one green and the other blue. That is something you really wouldn't be able to see from the ground.
Four Canoes Maori Cultural Show
To get a good feel for Rotorua and especially Maori culture, one of these shows I think is an absolute Must.
I was expecting ours to be a bit tourist driven, being right next door to a motel, but it was completely authentic and natural looking and feeling, and I was completely impressed.Related to:
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Because of the volcanic activity, geothermal springs are all over the area. The water, whether it comes from the taps or in the swimming pool, has a sulfuric odour. Native Maoris used the springs for cooking.
When you arrive, you will be taken outside (usually) to see the Maori Challenge - this is a welcome performed by a lone Maori warrior. At the end of his challenge, the warrior will lay down the 'peka'. Someone from the group will be asked to pick up the challenge, the 'peka' to signify a peaceful meeting.
The audience was from all parts of the world: New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and China. They sheered a lamb in front of everybody, giving each audience member a small piece of sheered wool Next, they asked for volunteers for the next thing. The Lamberts, especially Jonathan, volunteered me to ride a bull (without horns, of course). After the show, Jonathan and I rode the bull together. For folks wondering how I got that piece of wool back to the United States: I stuck it in my shoes.
The Stick Dance
Maori stick dance called "E aue". The stick dance was used by the Ancient Maori's to build eye-hand coordination in preparing young warriors for battle. At the end of the performance, males volunteers from the audience will be asked to try the Haka and women volunteers to try their hand at the poi's. Its a fun night to participate in some of the local culture.
Poi balls are implements used by New Zealand women for telling stories, imitating natural sounds and motions for teaching purposes. Long ago they were used by young warriors to help with coordination and reflex training. Today women perform rhythmically twirling poi balls at the ends of long flaxen strings. There are long poi, usually about 3 feet long, or short poi that may be up to one foot long.
Corn like you've never had it before
Join a guide and have various areas explained to you as you walk around. Be sure to try some of the corn cob cooked in the steaming pools, its delicious.
They put it in a plastic bag with a little butter for you but it will take about 25 mins for it to cool long enough to eat it
It could be smelly but it's worth to walk around the park, he colourful and different pool has unique view
The scenery is absolutely stunning from this viewpoint - the most incredible being the volcanic crater - quite unbeliveable.
Some Local Rythmn
If the Maori culture is new to you, then you must go to a Maori Cultural Show. A lot of hotels put on a nightly show coupled with dinner which is usually a Hangi.
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