Rotorua Journals

Rotorua -- Center of Geothermal Fun

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An August 2010 trip to Rotorua by travelswithkids

Kuirau Park Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Rotorua is one of the tourism hot spots of New Zealand. We had a blast taking in Maori Culture, hot springs, geysers, nature hikes, goofy adventure activities and more. We never acclimated to the sulfurous smell from the geothermal activity, but we were there long enough for a grand time.

Kuirau Park

Attraction | "Bubbling mud and volcano-heated water for free"

Kuirau Park Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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If you want to check out some of Rotorua's famous geothermal activity, but are on too tight of a budget to spring for one of the spas or Maori centers like Te Puia, then the Kuirau city park is one excellent spot to wander along some great examples. There are many small pools fed by hot springs scattered throughout the pleasant park. The steam rising off the hot water leads you from one pond to the next. There are also quite a few places where you can marvel at stinky gas bubbles gurgling up through the mud of a hot spot. You will definitely smell the sulphrous odor of the volcanic origins of the heat. Actually, you'll live with that smell throughout the city.Besides the geothermal act...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2011

Kuirau Park
Ranolf Street and Lake Road
Rotorua, North Island
64 7 348 4199

Agrodome - Zorb Rotorua (Zorbing)

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Attraction | "Spherical Fun!"

Agrodome - Zorb Rotorua (Zorbing) Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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We first saw Zorbing when it was featured as an activity on our favorite television show, The Amazing Race, a few years ago. So when we found out our New Zealand trip would take us to the home of Zorbing, we were really psyched up. Zorbing is a light-adventure activity where you get sealed inside a giant transparent beachball and roll down a big hill while inside.At the Zorb center just outside of Rotorua, they offer a dry or a wet ride. In dry Zorbing, you're strapped in on the inside of the ball and thus you'll tumble head over heels as the ball rolls down the hill. For wet Zorbing, you're sealed in with a bit of water for lubrication and you just sort of slide around the inside as y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 2, 2011

Agrodome - Zorb Rotorua (Zorbing)
Western Road, Ngongotaha
Rotorua, New Zealand
64 7 357 1050

Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre

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Attraction | "Maori Culture Amid Fantastic Geothermal Activity"

Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Part Maori cultural center and part geothermal spectacle, Te Puia is an fascinating spot to visit in Rotorua. We visited on our own (as opposed to part of a big bus tour) and were given very good service. One of their guided walking tours had just departed a few minutes earlier and rather than make us wait on the next one, they were able to catch us up to the tour guide and made sure we didn't really miss anything the guide had gone over, such as how to pronounce "Te Whakarewarewa" (the name of the valley). The guide first showed us around the Maori cultural park, including the traditional carving school and weaving school which have been established to keep these traditional Maori art...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2011

Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre
Hemo Road
Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
64 7 348 9047

Tandoori Palace

Restaurant | "Delicious Indian Cuisine in Rotorua"

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The Curry Specials of the Tandoori Palace broke the stalemate of our indecision over where to eat dinner. The special pricing covered most of the menu and the "curry" category included a wide spectrum of flavors and spice levels. Their menu has something for everyone, from the sweeter kormas for our daughter who'd never had much Indian food,to the spicier dishes that I like. Everything we ordered was delicious, and nicely prepared and presented. They also make good naan (flatbread) in a few varieties, great crispy samosas as appetizers and serve a nice mango lassi (fruit and yogurt smoothie).The Tandoori Palace is along the main restaurant row in downtown Rotorua. It has a very...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2011

Tandoori Palace
1152 Tutanekai Street
Rotorua, North Island 3201
07 348 8122

Silver Oaks Resort Heritage

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Hotel | "Nice low cost hotel/motel for exploring Rotorua"

Silver Oaks Resort Heritage Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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We checked in to the Silver Oaks Resort Heritage with a bit of a skeptical attitude since we'd originally made our reservation at their sister property (the Gwendoline) down the street but we were switched to this property. This redirection seems to be a common occurrence with this hotel company. However, our worst suspicions about this motel turned out to be unfounded.We had a standard room at the Silver Oaks Heritage and I have to admit it was a nice clean room for a fair price. But I would call it a basic motel room in a pretty standard motel. There isn't much about the place to call it a "resort" and it isn't as glamorous astheir website makes it look. There was certainly ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2011

Silver Oaks Resort Heritage

Rotorua, New Zealand