The trip to the valley (we came from the direction of Taupo) is already worth the detour. What a views. Then there are the clouds of steam coming from a crack in the mountain side, covered in bush. We decided to have a swim and ended up in one of the private pools. Well worth the visit: the water is continuously refreshed, you can mix it as hot as you like. The water is clear, a bit soapy. Relaxed while looking over the trees and ferns.
After that, we walked the "eco" trail to the spring, boiling water rising from the depths.
The pool features a small cafe.Related to:
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Day trip to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
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$.Related to:
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Rotorua Tourist Information
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.Related to:
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Information Centre Tourism Rotorua
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.
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.Related to:
- Family Travel
The Redwoods - Whakarewarewa Forest
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... :-))Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Visit the Jade Factory
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
I HAVE ONE OF THESE
Spiral represents Depicts new beginnings, growth and harmony
I HAVE ONE OF THESE
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.
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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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.
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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