Rotorua Journals

Rotorua: Maori Culture and Geothermal Delights

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An April 2006 trip to Rotorua by UK Flower Girl

Grand Tiara Hotel Rotorua Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Land of Maori traditions and geothermal sites. Part two of our holiday traversing both the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

Rotorua: Maori Culture and Geothermal Delights

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Maori carving Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Continuing our adventure from Auckland: Auckland JournalAfter breakfast at Denny’s and an early morning stroll through Auckland’s Albert Park, our desire to see more of New Zealand nagged at us. We returned to the Hyatt, packed our bags, and hit the road. Feeling quite rested after our long journey from the UK and Malaysia, along with an 11-hour time difference, we stopped of for fuel and were on the way.Rotorua lies on the shores of Lake Rotorua and is well known for its l...Read More

Grand Tiara Hotel Rotorua

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Hotel | "Grand Tiara Hotel and Conference Centre"

Grand Tiara Hotel Rotorua Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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The Grand Tiara Hotel, situated away from the centre of the city, made a lovely getaway in Rotorua. From the outside it doesn’t look like much, but indoors it appears much larger, with restaurants, laundry facilities, a gym, and an outdoor pool area. I booked a special dinner B&B for the first night and B&B for the second night.The friendly, helpful people at reception assured a smooth check-in. After dropping our bags in the room, we headed out to move the car when a bottle of champagne arrived, on ice with two glasses-—a nice, unexpected touch. I booked us in one of the large suites, so I was expecting something plush and roomy, and that is what we got. The suite had a large bedr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2006

Grand Tiara Hotel Rotorua
390 Fenton St.
Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 (7) 349-5200

Caravel Restaurant - Seafresh Buffet

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Restaurant | "Caravel Restaurant--Seafresh Buffet"

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The décor of the restaurant was nothing to write home about. In fact, it looked like a large room set up for a buffet (ironically enough!) with tables and chairs set in the middle with buffet tables on two sides. It was pleasant enough, just nothing memorable. It reminded me of a wedding reception buffet.I was looking forward to a seafood meal. I mean, we were in New Zealand, surrounded by water. The time difference was wreaking havoc on my body, though, and I didn’t have much of an appetite, which isn’t a good thing when you have a large seafood buffet at your disposal.The buffet tables were set with an amazing quantity of food and had an incredible variety. I knew I wasn’t g...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 11, 2006

Caravel Restaurant - Seafresh Buffet
The Grand Tiara Hotel and Conference Centre
Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7 349 5200

Around Taupo: Earth's Powers

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Wairakei Steam Fields Photo, Taupo, New Zealand
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Tom and I left Rotorua headed south towards Taupo and on to Mount Taranaki, where we would be spending 1 night. We chose Rotorua over Taupo on this holiday, so we didn’t have time to take in everything around Taupo. North of Taupo we spent a bit of time exploring some of nature’s powers—the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station, Huka Falls, and Craters of the Moon (created as a direct result of the power station).Wairakei Geothermal Power Station is located off of the main road, Hwy 1, north of Taupo. Watch for signs to the power station itself, as well as the Geothermal Borehole Lookout. We didn’t have time to visit the power station, but we did go up to look at the steam field. My hus...Read More
Maori Stick Game Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Rotorua has several amazing choices when it comes to geothermal areas. Tom and I didn’t make any plans until we got to Rotorua and got a feel for what the weather was going to do. Since it rained cats and dogs most of the time we were there, we felt it didn’t make sense to go out of our way so we chose Te Puia, or Maori Arts and Crafts Centre, just up the road from the hotel.Geared with our umbrellas we headed to the park in the overcast, grey weather. Armed with our 10% off coupon from Avis, the total came to NZ$45. As we purchased our tickets a light mist started. Shall we stand her in the misting rain and wait 20 minutes for the guided tour to start? Not with rain forecasted! Off we wen...Read More