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Crazy Kiwi Experience in Rotorua

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An April 2002 trip to Rotorua by baroudeur2004

Agrodome - Zorb Rotorua (Zorbing) Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Zorbing, bungee-jumping, geysers, and all you ever wanted to know about Maori culture and sheep in Rotorua.

Crazy Kiwi Experience in Rotorua

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Museum Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Rotorua is a relatively small town (around 60,000 inhabitants) in the North Island of New Zealand and it is famous for its geothermal activity. It is also the centre of Maori language and culture in New Zealand and you will see many Maoris around. Also, like Queenstown in the South Island, Rotorua offers many action-packed activities. It is perfectly possible to spend several days in Rotorua without getting bored for a single second, especially if you like extreme sports.First of all, you should start your visit with the Agrodome Theme Park where you will be able to witness sheep shearing and learn all about these cute but stupid creatures. Adrenaline-junkies will love Zorbing ...Read More

Agrodome - Zorb Rotorua (Zorbing)

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Agrodome - Zorb Rotorua (Zorbing) Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Kiwis are insatiable when it comes to extreme sports. Zorbing is a perfect example of a unique Kiwi experience. Just imagine getting into a huge washing machine and going down a hill at 50km per hour. This is ‘zorbing’. Zorbing is a not so new sport that emerged in 1972 in Rotorua, next to the Agrodome (where you will learn everything you wanted about sheep). When I arrived at the Agrodome Theme Park, the first thing I noticed was the huge inflatable rubber spheres rolling down a 200m straight track at full speed with one or two people in it and the empty spheres being towed uphill on a special escalator. After enquiring about the options of zorbing and the prices, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2007

Agrodome - Zorb Rotorua (Zorbing)
Western Road, Ngongotaha
Rotorua, New Zealand
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Agrodome Leisure Park

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Agrodome Leisure Park Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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If you think sheep all look the same, wait until you have seen the Agrodome sheep show. Until I went to New Zealand, the sheep heaven (80 million sheep, 20 sheep per inhabitant!), I did not even know there were more than one species of sheep! So if you are interested in the inhabitants of New Zealand (after all, the human species is a minority there), go and visit the Agrodome of Rotorua, a very popular tourist spot in Rotorua. In the Agrodome Theme Park, there are three daily shows (at 9:30am, 11am, and 2:30pm) where you will learn everything you wanted about Dorset Horns, Drysdales, Coopworths, New Zealand Romneys, etc. The show costs 22 NZD and there is a 50% discount for children. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2007

Agrodome Leisure Park
Western Road, Ngongotaha
Rotorua, New Zealand

Craters of the Moon

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Sulphur fumes Photo, Taupo, New Zealand
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Located on a volcanic plateau, Rotorua is not only famous for its adrenaline-packed activities, but also for its thermal sources and geysers. If you want to enjoy a rest between two extreme sports activities, go and visit the earth in action in one of the numerous geothermal areas around Rotorua. Whakarewarewa thermal village is probably most popular place to go but it is not free (25 NZD). Instead of paying to see a natural event, I went to Wairakei Tourist Park, near Huka Falls (between Rotorua and Taupo) to admire bubbling ponds of hot mud, shooting geysers and other geothermal activities.Wairakei Tourist Park houses the Craters of the Moon, an amazing 50,000 square metres geothermal field....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2007

Bungee-Jumping in the Agrodome

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Agrodome Leisure Park Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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During my three-week tour of New Zealand, I decided to be crazy like a Kiwi and experience as many adrenaline rushes as I could in a short while. Rotorua was my first stop after Auckland and I was not disappointed with the many activities it had to offer. Bungee-jumping was one of these options. Not the most picturesque bungy in New-Zealand (Queenstown, in the Southern Island has three more bungys to offer in stunning surroundings), the 43m (142 feet) Rotorua Bungy in the Agrodome Theme Park was nonetheless a good introduction to an adrenaline-packed experience. Not especially cheap (120 NZD for the jump including photos of you jumping), but definitely worth every cent if you a...Read More