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Travel to Rotorua New Zealand

Updated on October 12, 2015
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Ruth, aka Elayne Kongaika, was raised in the orchard town of Orem, Utah. She married a Polynesian boy and has had amazing travel experiences

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A trip to the land of the long white cloud would not be complete without visiting the enchanting place called Rotorua. Adventurous people will enjoy the geothermal forces, biking trails, walking tracks and Maori art and culture available all in one place. There are 16 lakes, tall redwood trees and miles of endless activities for families and individuals alike.

For those that come with families, they can bottle feed lambs, watch sheep sheering demonstrations or witness the kiwi bird in its natural habitat. Kids can get all muddy in the geothermal pools, or have a water rafting or jet boating adventure.

For individuals who love to be challenged, Rotorua offers one of the world’s premier mountain biking destinations. There are signs posted for bikers according to skill levels. Trails through lush ferns amidst the rain forests, lakes and geothermal ponds thrill even the most expert bikers. There are even more challenging trails for those brave enough like racing down Mt. Tarawera, a dormant volcano.

Rotorua also caters to those that would like to treat themselves to an exclusive retreat. Natural hot pools surrounded by the beauty of native bush are very relaxing followed by a royal massage. There are over ten luxury hotels to choose from to cater to your every whim. It has been found that hydrogen sulphide, a gas that is prevalent in Rotorua due to the thermal activity, has been discovered to enhance erectile function. Move over Viagra.

Convention halls and facilities for business meetings are also available, which overlook the geothermal landscape. Work and play all at the same place with plenty of activities for everyone. Holiday parks or camping grounds and townhouses are available for those who like to self cater.

Golfing, fishing, backpacking and skydiving are all available at Rotorua. Golfers can play near natural hazards they have not tried before, such as steaming craters and mud pools. There is a nine-hole geothermal course and also an 18-hole course near picturesque Whakarewarewa. Fishermen and women will have their pick of fifteen lakes that have three species of trout ready for the catching, from regular to trophy size. Backpackers will find plenty to keep their interest in this unique part of the world. It is considered as a top destination for backpackers with over 100 km of world-class tracks to explore. Sky divers can customize their experience.

For those interested in culture and history, there are various attractions with entertainment, art legends of the ancients. Indigenous food is available for tasting as well as hands-on experiences with weaving, carving and traditional games.

Rotorua is located on the North Island of New Zealand about three miles drive from Auckland. There is a local airport serviced by domestic flights. Also, there are several family friendly hotels and eateries. Nearly 500 years ago, the Arawa people made Rotorua their home. Now there are around 70,000 people living there. They are happy to share with you their love for the land.

The living and breathing landscape of Rotorua is mesmerizing. For an incredible and memorable experience, spend a couple of weeks at Rotorua, New Zealand.


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, sugz, it does get quite strong, but worth a visit for the sights. Thanks for your comments.

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    11 years ago from No Longer in Quakeville... Christchurch, New Zealand

    hey nice hub.. ty for the link ;)

    hmm smelly town of nz.. i enjoy traveling through there with the air vents of the car closed.. not really into rotten eggs aye hehe but it is pretty and a really nice place to visit

    @ habee.. if you ever get to nz, come to the south island, canterbury is really pretty too, actually all of nz is, and if anyone does come to nz.. there's a place for anyone to stay here. :)

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you enjoyed it Hummingbird8356. Thanks for your comments.

  • Hummingbird5356 profile image


    11 years ago

    Fantastic photographs and an interesting hub. Thanks for this.

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    Holle Abee 

    11 years ago from Georgia

    I never wanted to visit NZ until I saw Lord of the Rings - I believe it was filmed there. Awesome country. Great hub!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You already have a bucket list Liana? Why not?

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    11 years ago

    One of my bucket list destinations :). Thanks for the great hub.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, it is an incredible place. Hope to return some day.

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    Hello, hello, 

    11 years ago from London, UK

    It sounds heaven and paradise rolled into one. Thanks for sharing.


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