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    War Memorial Park.

    by rosequartzlover1 Written Apr 13, 2016

    From the ‘Eat street’ ..walk towards the lake you’ll past the ‘War Memorial park’. ..that’s what they call it..but I didn’t see anything about war much rather than what I call ‘a bicycle tree’ as you can see in the picture.
    It’s a park by the lake with some area of children play ground where we can park the car right next to it.
    There’s walkway along the lake that is nice strolling along .There are quite many people hanging around ,including the birds and ducks.
    The natural flower pot picture frame is a good idea but I couldn’t have the moment of no one behind the scene ,showing that the area is quite lively.

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    The i - site.

    by rosequartzlover1 Written Apr 9, 2016

    I like the building of this i-SITE ,it’s beautiful . The Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre is part of New Zealand's official nationwide Visitor Information Network.It normally help tourists about sightseeing, accommodation, activities , rental cars, buses, events and be the center for the national bus and coach services.It’s also a regular pick up and drop off point for the tours and shuttle services operating in and around Rotorua.
    I don’t need any of those service but only need a city map and want ro take picture of the building itself.
    It's on the same street as my hotel..Fenton street , three blocks south from Lake Rotorua .

    a nice roundabout in front of i-site.

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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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    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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    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.

    Paradise in clouds Hot tub So called Cooling down
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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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    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!

    A Good Show Great! Our Table Famous Pavlova! Audience Participation...LOL
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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$.

    Glowworms
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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.

    Theater Entrance
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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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    Jambalaya Festival

    by MLW20 Written Aug 17, 2006

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    If you are in Rotorua Easter Sunday there is a performance at night called Jambalaya. There are performers from all over the world (many from Brazil). There is lots of drumming and dancing. The performers wear cool costumes and some even juggle fire.

    We happened to find out about the parade when we were walking back to our hotel. It was really worth watching. The whole procession took about 30 minutes.

    The parade took place at night and started near the water on Tutanekai Street.

    Young chicas dancing Parade Banner Drumming Dancers Funny face-she must be really into the dance
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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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    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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    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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    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
    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

    Manaia
    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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