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Sep 14, 2017 - Cultural Immersion

One of the delights of travelling DIY, as opposed to touring in an organised group, is the ability to respond to information gained on the fly. Last night, in Hobbiton, we were talking to a Japanese couple who told us about Te Puia. We had heard about this place, but hadn't found out much about it, but when our Japanese friends told us it was brilliant and not to be missed, we decided to put it on the agenda for today. We arrived at 10, just in time to join a tour conducted by a local Maori lady. She explained that much of Te Puia is run by...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Geothermal Day

With fond memories of our previous night's visit to Hobbiton, we returned South for a couple of days in Rotorua. Our first stop was at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, an area that was dramatically altered by the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886. In this area, lakes became enlarged, mud flats turned into lakes and dramatic thermal features, such as the Pink and White Terraces, were lost. The walk along the Waimangu Valley is easy, being mostly downhill, and during the approximate 4.5 kms of its length we were treated to some spectacular lakes,...

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Sep 6, 2017 - Tauranga to Rotorua

September 6, 2017 Very short trip to Rotorua today, 59 kms. Pouring rain as we left Count Down after shopping. Sat in the parking lot while it died down a bit. No sooner did we get on SH 36, the main road to Rotorua, but there was an accident that blocked both lanes. Fortunately, we had to sit for only 20 minutes. Although a short distance, it took us nearly 2 hours to drive through mountainous gorges and many hairpin turns. Arrived at Top 10 Holiday Park by 12:30. Camp has more cabins than spots for campers. The place is immaculate,...

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Jul 16, 2017 - The Redwoods

For our final day in Rotorua we decided to visit a local forest known as the Redwoods. These trees are not native to New Zealand (originally from California) but were part of an experiment in the early 1900s to see which trees could be grown in New Zealand given its fertile volcanic soil. It turned out that the redwood trees were a success and as a result there is a large forest with numerous walking and biking trails only a mile or two from the city centre. Lunch packed, we headed for the forest in the morning. The weather was again...

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Jul 15, 2017 - Geothermal Rotorua

Today we decided to take a tour to visit the geothermal areas around Rotorua. Our tour started with a visit to the hot mud pools. This was bizarrely the highlight of the day with pools of steaming mud randomly exploding every couple of minutes. Next up was a visit to the Lady Knox geyser. We had previously visited some amazing geysers in Iceland and had expected large pools of water which randomly explode with ferocious hot water. Instead we had a guy pour some soap powder down what can only be described as a mini volcano and then watch as...

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Jun 17, 2017 - Rugby & Maori New Year

Another lovely busy weekend, most of which I've spent in Rotorua. Friday evening I went over with some friends for a lantern parade to celebrate Matariki - when a constellation of stars (Known as Matariki - 'eyes of god') rises, marking the start of a new year in the Maori calendar. Had a lovely meal before the parade then huddled by the bonfire waiting for the lanterns to appear. Was a small parade but people had gone to a lot of effort with the designs and there was a small concert and fireworks too. Rotorua was buzzing with lots of...

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Apr 22, 2017 - April 22, 2017 – Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand

April 22, 2017 – Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand We went into Tauranga which is the port for Rotorua. It was a nice little town, but there was not a lot to see. Rotorua is about 50 miles from here. All of the excursions were long ones so we hadn’t signed up for any. After looking around in town, we came back to the ship and finished packing. We have to have our checked luggage outside the door by 10 p.m. We went to the Terrace for dinner and then made an early night of it. Rotorua (from Maori: Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe, "The second...

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Feb 25, 2017 - Day trip to Rotorua

Yesterday I took my new car (aka The Baked Bean) out for it's first longish drive to the neighbouring town of Rotorua. Rotorua is one of New Zealand's thermal areas and you can smell the sulphur in the air as you drive in. There are hot spring pools dotted all over the town as well as mud pools and the waters are said to have healing properties. Roughly 35% of the town's population are Maori and there are several Maori villages that have opened themselves up to tourists to see their traditional way of life. I started the morning in the...

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Jan 3, 2017 - Rotorua

Rotorua Tues 3rd Jan. 14-20°C rain,rain,rain. Quite cool this morning, definitely needed a jacket. It's midsummer, so I wonder how cold the winters are here. Too wet to see Rainbow Springs sanctuary as we planned, so after breakfast we did some souvenir shopping, then went to a movie. After the movie we drove around Lake Rotorua, stopping halfway at Hamurana Springs Reserve, which has a nice half hour loop walk through a small redwood grove to the springs. We enjoyed a picnic lunch and wander near the stream but unfortunately the rain came...

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Jan 2, 2017 - Rotorua

Rotorua Mon 2nd Jan. 15-23°C Mostly cloudy Breakfasted downtown at a cafe & bakery, then we drove to Te Puia, just outside Rotorua. There are a great series of walks through the geothermal valley, and a very well regarded Maori cultural experience at Te Puia. We bought a day pass mainly to see the geothermal features. There was also a nocturnal house where we had a really nice close-up view of a kiwi going about its nightly forage. The Whakarewarewa geyser terrace has walkways most of the way around, with sections close to Pohotu, the...

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Jan 1, 2017 - Auckland to Rotorua

Auckland to Rotorua Sun 1st Jan. 14-21°C cloudy/rainy Checked out of our Auckland hotel at 9:30 am, drove downtown to get some yummy pastries at Classic Bakehouse cnr Strand arcade & Elliot St. Mission accomplished, we drove to Albert Park and ate breakfast in front of the fountain, a great setting. Fueled for our 3hr journey to Rotorua, we set off on state highways 1 and 1b to bypass Hamilton. Took a break at Cambridge, where we had lunch at a good bakery with a variety of pies and pastries. Had a pleasant drive to Rotorua on state highway...

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Mar 15, 2016 - Day 12 in Rotorua

I keep saying this, but it was another huge day. Began with breakfast at PicNic in town. All coffees in NZ are double shot unless you ask for single. It's great. After breakfast we drove to Skyline and went on the gondola and the luge which were both fun. I went too slow on the luge to get the most out of it, I think Mick got to the end five minutes before me. Than we drove a little fourth ear up the road to book for the cultural night at Mitai Village, a Maori Village of some acclaim. Took off to drive around Lake Rotorua in a clockwise...

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