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    Casa de Baños -Museo / Bath House - Museum

    by elpariente Written Jan 28, 2010

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    Rotorua hizo un gran esfuerzo para reconstruir su industria del turismo después de la erupción del volcán Tarawera y por eso construyeron esta Casa de Baños de estilo Tudor aprovechando las aguas minerales y termales que existen en la zona . Tuvo su época gloriosa y también fue centro de recuperación para los soldados que estuvieron en la Primera Guerra Mundial , convirtiéndose actualmente en un museo de Arte e Historia en el que se pueden ver las antiguas instalaciones del balneario , recuerdos del Batallón Maorí y la galeria de los Arawa , tribu Maorí que vivió en esta zona
    Lo mejor es dar un paseo por el parque , ver el edificio y si puedes únete a las visitas guiadas que las hace una señora genial

    Rotorua dids a great effort to rebuild its tourism industry after the eruption of Mount Tarawera and therefore they built the Bathhouse that is a Tudor-style building and they took advantage of the mineral and thermal waters that exist in the area. It had glory days and it was also used as recovery centre for soldiers who served in World War I, becoming now in a Museum of Art and History , in which one can see the ancient spa facilities, memories of the Maori Battalion and a gallery of the Arawa , Maori tribe who lived in this area
    The best is to take a walk in the park, see the building and if you can try to join a guided tour that is made by a great lady

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    Realm of Tane

    by jag17 Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    As part of the Maori hangi and concert, we were given the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Realm of Tane. At the time, I wasn't really sure what I was signing up for. It turned out to be a seperate performance that we attended earlier in the day. An interactive story in which a grandmother is passing down the culture/stories of her childhood to her grandaughter. Part guided tour, character theater, and story telling. My friend and I were the only one in attendance which seemed a little odd at first, but the cast did a great job of performing, and it was very touching. We really felt like we had attended something special as we lef the theater.

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    Agricultural Shows

    by b1bob Updated Feb 21, 2003

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    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.

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    Geothermal springs

    by b1bob Updated Feb 23, 2004

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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.

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    Orchid Gardens

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 27, 2006

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    Visit the Orchid Gardens to see the Water garden show, fountains dancing and playing to music. Walk through the butterfly enclosure and view the beautiful display of rare orchids which are set in two large enclosures in naturally landscaped surroundings.

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    The Challenge

    by keeweechic Updated Nov 29, 2003

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    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.

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    The Poi's

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 27, 2002

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    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.

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    The Costume

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    The Maori costume is called a kakahu. It is woven from the fibres of the flax plant. Usually a tiki pendant is worn by both women and men around the neck. The tiki is made of green stone, or New Zealand jade, and is in the shape of a foetus. The women can also wear mako, or shark-tooth earrings.

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    The Stick Dance

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 27, 2002

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    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.

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    The Kiwi House

    by keeweechic Updated Nov 29, 2003

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    There is a Kiwi House where you can see New Zealand's most primitive and endangered bird up close in a special nocturnal viewing Kiwi House. The kiwi has tiny wings - but can't fly. It only comes out at night and sniffs for its food. When they do lay eggs, the egg is about a third of the kiwi's size.

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    Corn like you've never had it before

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 27, 2002

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    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

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    Maori Cultural Show & Hungi Dinner

    by rabbit06 Updated Sep 23, 2011

    A must attend is a Maori Cultural Show with Hungi Dinner with many villages and hotels providing a memorable evening. We attended this one at Sudima Hotel were we were staying. It started with a Hungi (Maori style cooking) dinner including NZ lamb, the meat just fell apart with an assortment of fresh vegetables, you will not go away hungry and Rabbit had seconds lol. Also included in the desert's was Shirley's favourite, the famous NZ Pavlova...omg she was so happy!! Followed by a Maori Cultural Show with traditional singing and dancing which was very very good, even having audience participation at the end...lmao. A good time was had by all!

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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!

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    Waikite Valley

    by dutchboycalledjan Written Jan 31, 2013

    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.

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    Pohutu Geyser

    by MJL Written Mar 10, 2013

    The geothermal area is very near Te Puia. There are boiling mud pools, a very hot springs and Pohutu Geyser. I heard that Pohutu spurts water and steam up to air regular basis. When I was there it did not spurts.

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