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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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Mar 14, 2016 - Day 11 in Rotorua

Well what a great day. It started late due to an uncharacteristic sleep in. After Yong came with maps and information to let us know where to go and what to see we were off, just before lunchtime. First we called in at Kuirau Park to view the boiling mud pools and hot springs. Then it was on to Lake Rotorua for a coffee and reconnaissance mission for parasailing. Found it was a very quiet day for adventure sports so we thought "no time like the present" and fronted up for a parasail/jet boat combo. I think Mick didn't want to give me too...

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Mar 13, 2016 - Day 10 Hamilton to Rotorua

After the big day of driving yesterday it was good to have broken the back of the Rotorua leg of the journey and be less rushed today. It is only 90 minutes to Rotorua from Hamilton so took the chance to go for a walk along the Waikoto River which runs through the city. It's a lovely setting and a really lovely city. Historic buildings and a lot of pride in being the first commercial centre for the North Island. Hamilton is the North Island's largest inland city. There's not a lot of inland though! We stopped by at Lake Karapiro which is...

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Mar 1, 2016 - Geysers

Today we went to visit the geysers in Rotorua. It was raining heavily as we arrived but we went to see the Lady Knox Geyser set off by the man with soap suds. It is a natural geyser but it would only explode every few days so they make it set off. We went into Rotorua Warehouse where Daddy (for a change) spent too much money. Heading back to the Waiotapu geyser land we went for an hour and a half walk round the geothermal land. There were bright green pools, bubbling mud and when I touched the sulphur fumerole I nearly burnt the hairs off...

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Feb 28, 2016 - Rotoroa

Left Auckland (Mon 8th Feb) and headed towards Rotorua, decided to take the less direct route via Matamata to avoid Hamilton as read could get congested. Matamata is the area where the Lord of the Rings village of “Hobbiton” was filmed, didn’t do the film tour but could see the scenery was similar. The scenery was quite weird as you drove by fields which had mounds that looked like mini mountains, think these were mini volcanos as this region is reknown for the amount of volcanos. Before arriving in Rotorua we stopped at “Buried Village” Te...

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Feb 10, 2016 - To Rotorua

Tues 9th Feb. We are off to Rotorua today. After an exciting time in Napier we plan to do a walk up Te Mata Peak which is in the opposite direction as we have been told its great views. I have feeling we have been there before but there are usually several walks that you can do at these places so they usually warrant another visit. Sure enough when we get there Steve remembers the entrance but decide to do a walk anyway. Turns out we think we only did the last bit up the the top anyway last time as we must have been short of time and you...

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