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    Thermal Pools

    by rabbit06 Updated Sep 24, 2011

    While in Rotorua you must take a swim or soak in one of this regions nataural thermally heated pools. They are really great for you especially if you have the odd ache or pain like Rabbit, they just disapear or a dip before bed, a great night's sleep......fantastic!

    Soothing! Come On In The Waters Fine!
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    Day trip to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

    by BurgerQueen Updated Jul 12, 2009

    Waitomo is 140km away from Rotorua, and since you cannot miss the spectacular "glow worm cave", I suggest organising a half-day trip.
    The Waitomo glowworms are unique to New Zealand, though it is possible to find them in some Australian caves as well.
    Glowworms need a wet and dark environment, they sparkle in the dark to attarct mosquitoes to feed.
    Since the cave very dark, it will take for your eyes some time to get used to it; in the meanwhile a guide will provide you with a lot of info on the cave and its inhabitants. Gloworms are concentrated on the final part of the cave, that can be reached on boat only. Once on the boat you're no more allowed to talk, and you'll be silently driven in the darkness, untill you'll see one of the most beautiful spectacles in your life: the glowworms sparkling in the dark gives the impression of a starry night... priceless!
    The entrance ticket costs 28NZ$.

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    Information Centre Tourism Rotorua

    by Kaynisa Written Apr 27, 2005

    Information Centre Tourism Rotorua is located at 67 Fenton Street on the corner of Haupapa Street and is open in summer between 8.00am and 6.00pm daily. There is also a bureau de change which opens between 8.30am and 5.30pm daily, a luggage storage area, public telephones, a café and showers. In winter the hours are 8.00am - 5.30pm. The Information Centre is also the depot for the national bus and coach services, and a regular pick up and drop off point for the tours and shuttle services operating in and around Rotorua.

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    Kiwifruit Country

    by dimanche Written Aug 5, 2005

    Kiwi fruit orchard......with a ride on the "Kiwi Kart"! the guide gave an interesting talk on the history of the kiwi fruit.... and took us around the orchard to show us the different types of kiwi fruit. we got to taste the kiwi fruits and other fruits at the end of the tour.

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    Four Canoes Maori Cultural Show

    by Kate-Me Written May 26, 2004

    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.

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    Visit the Jade Factory

    by Lozza_9 Updated Feb 7, 2005

    You must visit the Jade factory and purchase atleast one piece of Jade. They mainly sell Neclaces with different shapes that mean different things.

    Fiah hooks represent strength and determination and brings peace, prosperity and good health. Also provides a safe jorney over water

    Spiral represents Depicts new beginnings, growth and harmony

    Triple Twist represents a bonding of friendship, two lives becoming one of all eternity

    The carrier of supernatural powers. Traditionally depicted with the head of a bird, the body of a man and the tail of a fish - representing sky, earth and sea, and the balance beyween them.

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    The Redwoods - Whakarewarewa Forest

    by Sylva Updated Jun 26, 2006

    Just next to the thermal area is situated Whakarewarewa Forest Park, called mostly with a shorter version - Redwoods.
    About a hundred years ago "the Kiwis" conducted an experiment, they planted various kinds of plants and trees to find out which ones would be effective for commercial use. Well, RADIATA PINE won the first place and has become the most important commercial specie in NZ.
    Anyway there are 170 tree species in the park and the most favourite walk goes through the huge Californian Redwoods - Sequoia.
    In the visitor center you get a map of the park with various tracks, the distances vary from 1,5 to 34 km. It depends on you and your physical shape which one you choose... :-))

    The Redwoods in Rotorua
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    Rotorua Tourist Information

    by Gillybob Updated Jun 21, 2014

    A visit to the i-SITE on your arrival in Rotorua will help you uncover the hidden gems that will make your visit truly memorable.

    Rotorua i-SITE is staffed by a friendly group of staff who can assist with both advice and planning for Rotorua's sightseeing, accommodation and activities. It is conveniently located at the coach stop for Intercity coaches arriving from various locations. The staff can assist you in making bookings for your accommodation and activities for a unique Rotorua experience.

    i-SITEs are the place to go for information on attractions, accommodation, rental cars, buses, events and much more in New Zealand's main locations. If you are using the staff to make bookings, there are no service fees.

    The i-SITe also has a selection of maps and brochures if the place is busy and you don't have time to wait.

    Rorotura i-SITE is also the depot for nationalcoach and bus services, as well as a pick up and drop off point for tours and shuttle services. There are also washroom and shower facilities within the building and a small cafe.

    Rotorua i-SITE Entrance Library of Leaflets
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    Smell very badly ....but worth to stroll around

    by shavy Updated Jun 15, 2015

    Visiting New Zealand in November is quite warm already, we have somedays cold but most of the time we had a nice weather. Visiting to this thermal area is not for people with sensitive stomach. The smells of the crater is like hell, I get headache from it, but gets over after a while

    The smell of sulfur hangs thickly in the air as visitors who just arrive in town plug their noses or dash into the nearest shop for reprieve

    Wai-O-Tapu Reserve on the North Island of New Zealand, is a terrestrial spring that collects in a crater. The color of each pool is different, but there is one called champagne pool, I can believe they called champagne because of the color, and has so much carbon dioxide that it bubbles

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    Volcanic crater

    by grets Written Sep 15, 2004

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    The scenery is absolutely stunning from this viewpoint - the most incredible being the volcanic crater - quite unbeliveable.

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    Some Local Rythmn

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 27, 2002

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    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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    Thermal valley

    by shavy Written Jun 29, 2013

    It could be smelly but it's worth to walk around the park, he colourful and different pool has unique view

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