Bay of Plenty Things to Do

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Bay of Plenty Things to Do

  • Wai-O-Tapu

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Even if you have been to Yellow stone park, here is still a must see wonder. The large area covered with various geothermal craters and hot springs and unlike in Yellow Stone, the color come from minerals instead of bacterias. NZ$32 an adult, well worth it.

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  • Climb the mount

    Mount Maunganui Things to Do

    One thing that is great to do at the mount is walk up it, but why not try and run it. Locals every day are running up and down , faster than i can walk up it , and with a steep incline you will surely tone up fast. Watching the sun go down was also my favorite, with all the lambs grazing around the edge, you wouldn’t tell your in a town.

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  • Te Puia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    A visit to the Pohutu Geyser is a must when staying in Rotorua.It is situated in the Whakarewarewa thermal valley.The largest of several geysers within the valley which erupts on average once or twice each hour and can reach heights of up to 30 meters.Pohutu Geyser is a complex spring which discharges water in a cyclic manner.It is believed that a...

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  • Saltwater Hotpools

    Mount Maunganui Things to Do

    Hot Saltwater Pools I love to go here, especially at night, and soak in the naturally heated salt water pools. Set outdoors with lovely furns overhanging and of course the dominant presence of Mt Maunganui looming above, it's a really enjoyable experience. For people staying in either the apartments or the campground the pools are merely a few...

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  • Skyline Gondola & Luge

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Take a leisurely uphill Gondola ride and enjoy the extensive views of Rotorua, the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. At the top, the thrill of the Luge, our relaxing buffet and grill restaurant, beautiful nature walks and exciting adventure activities all await you.

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  • Polynesian Spa

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    We do enjoy going there - the facilties are great, however had a bad experience with a very rude staff member. When they ask you where you are from this person made an inappropriate comment about our home city. I was not impressed. Even sent a complaint letter afterwards and then never heard back from them. They could at least have apologised and...

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  • Buried Village

    Rotorua Things to Do

    This is really interesting, The story of the eruption of the mountain and the aftermath is great, and the sight of a sewing machine lodged up a tree is different. The pink and white terraces story also is worth listening to.

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  • Hell's Gate

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Hells gate is really interesting, especially for those who have never experienced a thermal area before. Be wary though, and obey the signs, stick to the paths as the ground is not exactly safe.

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  • Zorbing

    Rotorua Things to Do

    You HAVE TO try zorbing while in Rotorua! Just think there are only 2 places in the World where you can do it: Rotorua and the Smoky Mountains in the USA and it would be absolutely a shame not having a go! Zorbing means rolling down a slope inside a plastic ball, with or without water (if the weather is hot enough, I definitely suggest the water...

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  • Rotorua Museum & Government Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    The Rotorua Museum of Art and History is housed in the old Bath House building, located in the Government Gardens. The museum opened in 1969 in the south wing of the old building followed by the Art Gallery in the norht wing in 1977. They combined in 1988. The building was once a Spa - using mineral baths and mud to treat the ills of people...

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  • Agrodome

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    The Agrodome can be defined as an amusement park mixing adrenaline and family attractions. There is no entrance ticket, you just pay for the attractions you try. We stopped in the Agrodome to experience zorbing, but my husband also tried the Freefall Xtreme (have a look at the Agrodome website for more info) and was very satisfied (despite some...

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  • Ohinemutu Maori Village and War Memorial

    Rotorua Things to Do

    This is the second chruch to be built on this site. The original but smaller church was built in 1885. It was moved to make way for a larger building which was consecrated in 1918. The interior is richly decorated in a fusion of European and Mâori styles. There is lagre window with the figure of Christ on it. He appears as a Mâori and is wearing a...

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  • Rainbow Springs & Farm

    Rotorua Things to Do

    We were there to see the Kiwi, but quite disappointed as there was nobody helping and difficult to see a Kiwi in the darkness, you need to pay extra NZ$10 to get some help. The ticket was NZ$40 for adult and NZ$20 for an infant, 1 hour would be more than enough to go around the place, not worth it.

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  • Blue Baths

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    As a Spa town Rotorua offers a good choice of spas and thermal baths. Among the most famous Polynesian Spa, there are also smaller but cheaper and less crowded thermal pools. Blue Baths is one of them and it has been recently renovated, you find here one big pool and two smaller ones with various temperature. Enjoy!

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  • Tamaki Village

    Rotorua Things to Do

    i paid 82 (or 92) NZ $ for the round trip to this interesting maori village, we saw a show about their tradition, had a maori dinner (not sure if the food was really cooked under the stones tough) and visited the village. It was a very interesting experience.

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  • Whakarewarewa Maori Village

    Rotorua Things to Do

    The highlight of our visit here was to see the Maori show, performed as always with plenty of passion. You get a better view of the Geysers from Te Puia, but there's still plenty of geothermic activity going on here as well.

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  • Waimangu

    Rotorua Things to Do

    We paid $26 dollar for a 3 kilometer walking tour guided by a map. Was such a nice experience seeing the world's youngest geothermal activity (which does not smell like a fart, in fairness) and seeing lots of NZ birds and lakes.

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  • Orchid Gardens

    Rotorua Things to Do

    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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  • Kuirau Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Kuirau Park, on the western side of downtown Rotorua has plenty of parking and lots of free mudpools to look at! This public area is a nice place to picnic or wander during the day. When I was a kid there was a miniture railway that was a lot of fun. Sadly, it has now been removed. One of the intriguing things about Kuirau Park is that the ground...

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  • Lake Rotorua

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Lake Rotorua is a volcanic crater lake and is the second larest in the North Island after Lake Taupo. The town of Rotorua is located on the southern shore. Fishing is popular activity as are boating, kayaking and waterskiing. Relaxing on the shore is a popular non-activity. There is a paddle-boat which offers cruises.

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  • Paradise Valley Springs

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Paradise Valley, we went along the Thermal Explorer Highway from Auckland. Had a good look around Paradise Valley, saw the big pig and the trout and the lions. Had some lunch and then patted the lion cubs, both female and only 8 weeks old. Had another look around while waiting for the lion feeding. 5 lionesses and 2 lions. The man roped off an area...

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  • Maori Arts & Crafts Institute

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Maori concert I is the main key feature when you visit Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. It runs through out the year and you could enjoy and learn about Maori cultural. But make sure that you get their before midday because there is only one show at midday every day. Price Adult £6 Kids £ 3

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  • Mount Tarawera

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Mount Tarawera is an impressive dormant volcano near Rotorua. On 10 June 1886 it erupted with tremendous force and killed 153 people. The entire volcano is on Maori land and is considered sacred because of the people who were buried there as a result of the eruption. As such, the mountain is private property and cannot be explored alone, but only...

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  • Kiwi Encounter

    Rotorua Things to Do

    I thought Rotoruas Kiwi Encounter was just superb! We visited by chance really - the weather was awful, and it is an indoors attraction, and I am so glad we decided to duck inside out of the rain instead of heading back to Auckland. New Zealands iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi, is an endangered species. There are a few varieties, and the Brown...

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  • Volcanic Air Flights

    Rotorua Things to Do

    In a day of "firsts", the floatplane was fifth, but so far probably the most amazing. I would recommend it to anybody who loves flying like we do, and who would like to see a totally different perspective of the Rotorua area. The scenery really is mind-blowing and you cannot appreciate the enormity of the volcanic craters and activities until you...

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  • Wingspan Birds of Prey Centre

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Wingspan is a very interesting bird recovery and education centre that specialises in Birds of Prey. Injured birds are rehabilitated here, with the main aim to return to their natural habitat. On occasions, some injuries are such that the birds simply cannot be put back into the wild, and they get to stay here at the centre. You are welcomed and...

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  • New Zealand Farm Show

    Rotorua Things to Do

    this is quite a nice place to visit especially if you travelling with little children and young kids. they'll get to see a wide variety of animals for example, one of new zealand's endangered fish, the trout, birds, cows, sheep, and there is a special show put up to show the prowess of the dogs which help to round up the sheep. pretty cute things!

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  • WHAKATANE

    We thought this town was located in a pretty spot. Located on the Whakatane river where it enters the sea, it has nice sandy beaches, and high hills away from the beach.A walk along the Beachfront found a display of several Maori canoes that are worth a look at.Muriwai’s Cave located near Whakatane Heads and opposite the boat ramp car park, is a...

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  • 'BARRY'

    "BARRY" in the photo, is located in the main street. He's a dinkum Kiwi bloke! The sculptor used his friend as a model, then commandeered his clothes, shoes and cap to outfit the friendly fellow on the park bench. He looks so real, you can't help but stop and have your photo taken with him!

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  • Mural walk of Katikati

    Take the time to stop at this delightful little town and have a walk around looking at the Murals. There is quite a history to them.Information on photos......Rev Kattern had a small experimental Ostrich farm to supplement his small income. They often escaped and made their way to the main street as shown in the photo.Local info is that Robert &...

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  • Tourist Information Centre @ KATIKATI

    The first thing you should do, is go to the centre. Inside, its worth having a look around. I bought a set of information cards on the Murals, they give a photo of every one of them and all the information that you need on each one. I found this to be very handy when it came to sorting out my photos, plus, once home, I had time to read up about all...

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  • MOUNT MAUNGANUI

    Our New Zealand friend said to come here for a look, so we did, and spent the night at the Caravan Park. As he was a surfer, I can understand why he liked it, the Beaches were lovely in this area, and they are patrolled by lifeguards. Evidently, they say this is New Zealand's answer to Australia's Gold Coast.The area, even so, was nice, with Mt....

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  • KIWI 360 @ TE PUKE

    Kiwi fruit, in New Zealand, and especially around the Te Puke area, we saw plenty growing. When we saw the large Kiwi fruit sign, we decided to go in for a look, after all, Kiwi fruit is a national emblem, just like "sheep" or the "all blacks". I enjoy Kiwifruit! It was interesting to find out, that Kiwi fruits has twice the amount of vitamin C of...

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  • WHAKAREWAREWA VILLAGE @ ROTORUA

    We decided that a good way to learn about Maori life, and to see the thermal activity, would be to visit the people of Tuhourangi - Ngati Wahiao (a Maori family tribe) that have lived in and around the geothermal activity of Whakarewarewa for over 200 years. The area of land which we walked over, belonged to numerous family groups here, who allow...

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  • Tauranga

    Tauranga is the main city of the Bay of Plenty. Tauranga is Maori for The Resting Place of the Canoes. Actually, Tauranga is one of the main ports of New Zealand. There's not much to do in the city, but the beaches around are great.

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  • Dive White Island

    There are a number of boat operators offering dive trips in the warm waters surrounding the islands.The Island offers some of the countries most spectacular diving with 20 plus metre visability being very common.There are a number of dive sites in the area and it is common to see huge numbers of fish. Blue Mao Mao , Kingfish , Golden Snapper, Moray...

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  • White Island (Whakaari)

    White Island (or Whakaari as it was named by the Maori before Europeans arrived) lies 48 kilometres off Whakatanes shore in the ewastern B.O.P. This active volcano and private scenic reserve is accessible by boat and helicopter. It is unique in that you can walk right inside its main crater just above sea level with a minimum of physical effort and...

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  • Vintage Autobarn

    Te Puke Vintage Autobarn is worth a look if you like vintage and classic vehicles. Over 90 vehicles are on site and you can wander freely amoung them. The Autobarn is run by the Ray Singleton, a local. In a case of "its a small world', his son Daniel was backpacking in OZ and worked with my Dad picking mangoes in Far North Queensland. Situated on...

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  • Kiwifruit Country

    Kiwifruit Country offers visitors the chance to look at the workings of a kiwifruit orchard and export packhouse. Plus you get to ride in a kiwi-kart, a kiwifruit shaped carriage that is towed through the orchard. Just look for the big kiwifruit on SH2 south of Te Puke.

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  • Maketu

    A short drive will take you to Maketu, a famous maori landmark (It is the place where the Te Arawa canoe is said to have landed) and my favourite beach "Nudicks", access is via private land so there is a toll to enter and use the dirt track that takes you down to the beach. Its good for bodysurfing and gathering shellfish which include, pipi's...

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  • Te Puke

    My favourite town in the B.O.P. It's claim to fame is that it's the Kiwifruit Capital of the world. But it is also my fathers home town and the place I spent a lot of holidays with relatives. If you have a WHV you could very well end up here picking kiwifruit, it is one of the easiest fruits to harvest as it is picked firm and is difficult to...

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  • Rotorua - Bay Of Plenty

    The home of New Zealands Thermal wonderland. A trip to NZ is not complete without a visit to this world famous city. Not just geysers and lots of hot water it has superb cultural experiences, is surrounded by beautiful lakes and bush walks and offers the thrill seeker some adrenaline pumping activities.

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