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Rotorua for those who like it hot

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An August 2003 trip to Rotorua by LenR

Rotorua Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: This is the thermal heartland of the volcanic central North Island. This journal shows that, while this is what brings most people to this region, once here, you'll find that there is so much more to enjoy–-from hot baths to adventure activities.

Rotorua for those who like it hot

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Overview

Rotorua Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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There is no hiding the fact that Rotorua smells, so the city gets right to the heart of the matter and calls itself Sulphur City. First impressions may be somewhat offensive, but very soon you won''t even notice it. In the meantime, you will be enjoying the great accommodation, restaurants, and attractions of this fun family place. You should not go to Rotorua without experiencing the hissing geysers, plopping mud pools, or belching vents. There are some in the public gardens, on the golf course, and better still, at Te Whakarewarewa thermal valley at the edge of town. For a different experience, try the attractions in the Around Rotorua journal. Quick Tips: Rotorua is a tourist city, ...Read More

Lake Plaza Rotorua Hotel

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Hotel

Lake Plaza Rotorua Hotel Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Lake Plaza is the largest hotel in Rotorua with arguably the best location. It is situated on the shores of Lake Rotorua, and some of the 250 rooms have good views of the lake and nearby thermal areas. We were booked to stay two nights but extended for a further night because we enjoyed the hotel and found plenty to do in the region. Rotorua is only a small city, so walking is a good option. From the hotel we walked to the Polynesian Spa, the Government Gardens and Museum, and the city centre. The hotel is only two blocks away from the city centre and a large, new shopping complex. The spa complex is even closer. The hotel sprawls over the site. Because it was not all built at the same tim...Read More

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Lake Plaza Rotorua Hotel
1000 ERUERA STREET
Rotorua, New Zealand
64-7-3481174

Lovely India

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Restaurant

Lovely India Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Lovely India proved to be a very pleasant surprise. From outside, the restaurant is unassuming, but once inside, the ambience, service, and food projected this into the "better-than-average" category. All staff were Indian, and this gave it an authentic feel. The fact that about half of the diners were also Indian (most were obviously locals) helped to further justify this perception. The restaurant is fully licensed, but you can also bring your own bottle of wine (BYOW). The latter will generally save you money. We settled for a beer and a lassi, that wonderful Indian/Nepalese mix of yogurt, milk, and fruit. We sought help with the menu. There were 80 items grouped in various sections - entrees...Read More

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Lovely India
1123 Tutanekai Street
Rotorua, New Zealand
348-4088

Rotorua Museum

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Attraction

Rotorua Museum Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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This is the place to discover the essence of Rotorua; its people, culture and volcanic landscape. The museum takes you on a journey though history, exploring the rich cultural heritage of Maori and European in this region. The building is set in the peaceful Government Gardens, which were created in the 1890s. This ambitious undertaking transformed a scrub-covered geothermal area into an oasis of Edwardian charm. The first attraction, of course, is the building. It is quite spectacular. The building was originally named the Bath House and opened in 1908. It was designed along the lines of European spas and represents the New Zealand Government’s first major investment in the tourism industry. In on...Read More

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Rotorua Museum
Government Gardens
Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7 349 4350

Skyline

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Attraction

Skyline Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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We have all be on gondola rides somewhere around the world, and this is not a world-beater. Each gondola seats four people. The trip is not particularly steep or particularly scenic compared to many. Nevertheless, it was very popular the day we visited. It’s probably what is at the top that is the big appeal here. First is the restaurant. There is a good view over the city and Lake Rotorua, and the food is a ‘Best of New Zealand Seafood Buffet and Grill". We were reminded of the wonderful restaurant on Bob’s Peak in Queenstown, but the view in Rotorua cannot compete. The buffet offers chowder, prawns, oysters, salmon, mussels, carved roast, steak, chicken and lamb cutlets. If all this sounds too mu...Read More

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Skyline
Fairy Springs Road
Rotorua, New Zealand

Polynesian Spa

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Attraction

Polynesian Spa Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Because on a previous visit to Rotorua my wife had enjoyed this place so much, a visit here was mandatory. This time it proved somewhat of a disappointment, but that didn’t stop us from visiting every day we were in Rotorua. The reason for the disappointment was the closure (perhaps temporarily) of the Radium and Priest hot springs, which was the section of the complex which my wife had previously enjoyed the most. This required us to reassess the options, and we selected to use one of seventeen private pools, which are rented out by the half-hour and have their own shower and carpeted changing area. The temperature of these pools can be regulated by the user and we found them to be ideal. Thirty m...Read More

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Polynesian Spa
Hinemoa Street
Rotorua, New Zealand