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An August 2003 trip to Rotorua by LenR

Rotarua Maori culture Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Rotorua town has long been one of the most popular visitor destinations in New Zealand. There are now a growing number of attractions in the area around the city that encourage visitors to stay longer. This journal covers five of the best.

Around Rotarua

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Overview

Rotarua Maori culture Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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This is one of the world’s best geothermal areas so looking at the geysers, mud pools and steaming lakes is obviously on everyone’s list. On this visit we went to several attractions new to me and none of them disappointed. Perhaps the highlight was the spectacular Lady Knox geyser but we found some of the more subtle experiences like sitting alone watching a steaming, coloured lake or understanding how nature renews itself after utter destruction equally impressive. There are also some man-made attractions. By far the most impressive was called Off-Road NZ. Here you pit yourself against the clock or your own fears and no matter how you perform, you will have a great time. Quick Tips: ...Read More

Off Road NZ

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Attraction

Off Road NZ Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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I’m not normally an adrenaline junkie, a thrill seeker, or a vehicle enthusiast, but I have become a fan of Off Road NZ. This place is great. It is a top place where you can plan ahead for a day of never-ending excitement or to just "rock-up" and then go-with-the-flow. The choice of activities is wide. As always, we seemed to be limited for time, so we settled for just two of the activities – claybird shooting and a 4WD Bush Safari. Both were excellent. I’ve seen European aristocracy claybird shooting, but never dreamed I would have the chance to blast away in the same manner. At Off Road NZ, there are no castles, but the shotguns, the live ammunition, and clay targets are just the sam...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

Off Road NZ
Amoore Road, RD2
Rotorua, New Zealand

WAI - O - TAPU Thermal Wonderland

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Attraction | "Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland"

WAI - O - TAPU Thermal Wonderland Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Telephone: (07) 366 6333; Fax: 647 366 6010; email: waiotapu@geyserland.co.nz Cost: NZ$16.50 The Rotorua area has numerous areas of volcanic activity, so it is difficult to know which ones to visit. I had never previously been to Wai-O-Tapu (sacred waters) but I now put it at the top of the areas I have seen. It is certainly the most colourful and diverse. You have the chance to experience the raw beauty and sheer power of Mother Nature in all forms of geothermal activity. Perhaps the top attraction is the Lady Knox Geyser, which erupts daily at 10:15am with a little help from its friends. This is a spectacular event. The geyser reaches heights of up to 20 meters and the show lasts fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

WAI - O - TAPU Thermal Wonderland
20 Miles south of Rotorua on Highway 5
Rotorua, New Zealand

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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Attraction

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Telephone: (07) 366 6137; Fax: 647 366 6609; email: nature@waimangu.co.nz Cost: Valley Walk NZ$20; Walk and boat cruise NZ$45 It is important to understand what you will and won’t see when you go to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You will see the only New Zealand example of a bio-system re-establishing itself in an area following complete devastation and unique geothermal systems developing within craters. You will not see spouting geysers or boiling mud pools. Waimangu is the only hydrothermal system in the world where the exact day of commencement of surface activity is known. On 10 June 1886 Tarawera volcano erupted with devastating effect. Lake Rotomahana exploded to twenty times i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

Waimangu Volcanic Valley
15 - 20 minutes south of Rotorua on Highway 5
Rotorua, New Zealand

The Buried Village

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Attraction | "The Buried Village."

The Buried Village Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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The violent and unexpected eruption of the Tarawera volcano in the early hours of June 10, 1886, was New Zealand’s greatest natural disaster. For more than four hours rocks, ash and boiling hot mud bombarded the surrounding countryside. By the time it was over, more than 150 lives were lost and the world-famous Pink and White Terraces were gone forever. Te Wairoa Village, in a valley above Lake Tarawera, became a colonial village established by a Christian missionary in 1848, where both Maori and Pakeha lived in harmony. It was abandoned during the land wars in the 1860s, then repopulated a few years later as the staging post for travelers to the Terraces. In 1886, Te Wairoa and nine other small...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

The Buried Village
Tarawera Road
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rainbow Springs

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Attraction

Rainbow Springs Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Rainbow Springs was a place I loved when I first visited some 25 years ago. Now time seems to have caught up with it and I am not nearly so impressed. That didn’t stop hundreds of other visitors flocking there on the day we visited so obviously everyone doesn’t share that opinion. The springs are basically a small zoo set in attractive bush surroundings. Unfortunately, urban sprawl has encroached on the area so now on some sides you are separated from development by a timber fence. That’s hardly the image Rainbow Springs wants to project. Within the attraction there are some nice areas. The path follows a clear stream that is feed from subterranean springs. Rainbow, Brown and Tiger trout cruise ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

Rainbow Springs
Fairy Springs Road
Rotorua, New Zealand