Blogs from Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 6th 2022

Never anything worth watching on the TV on a Saturday evening so I enjoyed a couple of heygo tours in New Zealand. First tour - Government Gardens or Paepaekumana, located on an old Maori battle field. Generously, the Maori gave a large tract of the land including many therapeutic hot springs to the British Crown in the 1880s to benefit the people of the world. Second tour with Louise to Rotorua Kuirau Thermal Park - The Maori folklore has it that a young woman named Kuiarau was swimming in the main lake when a mythical creature dragged her to the bottom. It is said that the gods were angered by this and made the lake boil so the creature would be destroyed. The name of the main lake is taken from that lost woman. Two great ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 18th 2020

I've had an absolute bitch of a fortnight. A fortnight is, of course, two weeks, but saying that sounds less cool. The job I came to Te Puke for fell through because those asshats didn't deem it necessary to mention little old me would be needing a car. The hostel staff were literal saints, and the manager has reached a level of iconic I can only hope to match someday. He gave me the much valued advise to "tell those fuckers to screw off". A legend in the shape of a man. He also found me another job. I ended up putting in two half-days and one full day there before I was essentially fired for having a sunstroke. I had a sunstroke, which was fun. I had to move out of my tent I had ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua January 25th 2020

Příjezd do města Rotorua jsme poznali již s předstihem, jelikož jeho typická "vůně" se nedá zaměnit. Měli jsme tu čest čichat zkažená vajíčka celou předchozí noc, jelikož jsme byli ubytováni nedaleko epicentra odkud to vycházelo. Místo zvané Te Puia nás navíc vítalo nejen odérem síry, ale také drobným kouřem, který stoupal ze spousty míst. Co se taky divíme, když jsme v aktivní sopečné oblasti. Vidět jsme mohli krátery, ve kterých se doslova vařila voda, bublající bahno a jeden z aktivních gejzírů. Co byl však největší zážitek byste neuhodli - viděla jsem ptáčka kiwiho. Živého, sice v zajetí a ve velké tmě, ale je to další z mých splněných přání. I samotné město Rotorua stojí za prohlídku. Vyniká polynézskými lázněmi a nádherně upravenými parky. V jednom zrovna probíhaly trhy a tak jsem měla možnost... read more
Polynézské lázně v Rotorue
Jehněčí kebab na špejli
Jezírko zvané "Malířská paleta" ve Waiotapu

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua November 28th 2019

“Have you ever paddle boarded before?” Called one of our guides, Matt, as we bumped down the track to the lake. We all answered in the negative. “And you’re choosing to learn and do it for the first time in the dark?!” This was obviously meant as a joke, but we looked nervously at each other. We had just been collected from Rotorua, our 3rd stop in New Zealand, for paddle boarding and glow worm cave exploring. I had already started to become a little apprehensive at the prospect of falling off whilst in a cave and struggling to get back onto the board again, feet dangling in the dark water with goodness knows what lurking. “Are there eels in the cave?” I asked, nervously. “Not any more,” he said, cheerfully. Matt went onto explain that ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua April 29th 2019

This is just a quick update to let everyone know where we are and where we are headed next just in case you should want to touch base. We always love to hear what you are all up to too so feel free to drop us a line anytime and I can then also confirm that you are not hitting the delete button as soon as you see who it is from! lol After returning from Aus in October last year we moved back into our very comfortable home and have appreciated the space if offers after so long living in a motorhome plus we had forgotten what stunning views we have of Lake Rotorua and farmland. We had hoped to then sell the house to move to a warmer area of the North Island but ... read more
Devoy 1 Decking

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 9th 2019

Rotorua Thursday /Friday 7th 8th March This is the centre of the geothermal area and after yesterday's trip to Orakei Korako, today we went to Wai-O-Tapu. There is a geyser, Lady Knox geyser, and a member of staff pours some soap into the geyser, which is a surfacterant that makes the geyser shoot up in a cloud of steam and soapsuds. Apparently it was discovered at the beginning of the last century when prisoners were clearing the land for tree cultivation, found a hot spring that they used to wash in, and one of the prisoners dropped his soap in the spring. After a few minutes the hot water shot up in a fountain scattering naked prisoners in every direction. They are terraces covered in silica, and various colours from different minerals underground. There is a ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 7th 2019

The Maoris donated the land of Tongariro National Park to the government as long it is not settled, and preserved in its natural state. It is a large natural park round three currently dormant volcanoes. The last eruption was in 2007, 12 years after the previous one, so another one is probably due about now. The large central plateau was covered in lava flow, now fertile and covered in trees and alpine plants. The whole of New Zealand is on an earthquake zone, and earthquakes often trigger a volcano eruption. Every hotel has instructions on what to do in the event (‘Get under a piece of furniture and hold on to it,’ though not many of our rooms have had furniture big enough to get under.) The Airbnb places have emergency rations that they list ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 13th 2019

Premier arrêt : Rotorua ! Toute première impression : grand soleil (et ça comment ça fait du bien!!) mais l'odeur d'oeuf pourri est belle et bien là 😂 La ville est sympa, tout peut se faire à pied, c'est rempli de parcs et comme le lac est juste à côté on arrive facilement vers des points de vue d'eau. First stop: Rotorua! First impression: big fat sunshine (and that feels sooooo good), but the rotten egg smell is a bit heavy. The city is really nice, you can walk to anywhere easily, it's full of parks and since the lake is close by, you can easily stop by the water and enjoy it 😊... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 13th 2019

Des kiwis des kiwis des kiwis !! Bon un seul réveillé en fait, et dans le noir, et qui nous a plus montré son cul que son bec, mais quand même ! Et pis aussi des gros geysers, et pis aussi un spectacle Maori, plutôt sympa cet endroit pour une attraction hyper touristique ! Kiwis kiwis kiwis! Well actually, only one was awake, and it was in the dark, and he spent more time showing us his butt than his beak, but still! And also big geysers, and a Maori show, so in the end this very very touristic place is quite worth it!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua November 25th 2018

Well, it did it again. 250 words down the drain. Have to start all over again. Our flight to Auckland was about 2 1/2 hours. We were met by our new tour director, Marty, and taken to our hotel. We had another meet and greet to meet the new people on our bus. There were 34 of us in Australia, but only 20 went on to New Zealand. So we picked up another tour, plus about 8 people who were just doing New Zealand only. So now we have 47 people on a bus designed for 48. Takes longer to load and unload. The first morning, we did a bus tour of Auckland and then we went on a 90 minute cruise around Waitemata Harbor. We had free time in the afternoon, so we did our ... read more
The Arboatum
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At the botanical gardens

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