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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua December 12th 2016

We spent yesterday in and around Rotorua. Well not much time in Rotorua after McDonalds charged me $9.40 for 2 medium coffees! We toured the redwood forest and walked the trail to see the geothermal area from the backside, saving the $48.50/each to do the tour. Then Bob wanted to get closer so we found an unmarked trail and were within a few feet of the steam, he's such a rebel. So 12 km of walking later we jumped in the car and drove to Murupara, where we camped for the night. Took some pictures, but they are on my phone and it's dead, will load them later. Off to Whirinaki Conservation Park today, making our way slowly south.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua November 16th 2016

The sun is back...and we love New Zealand under the sun shine! But don't worry, we still had few showers on the way. We are staying for two nights in downtown Rotorua. Not a lot to say about the city, you don't come for the city here, but for what is just out of it! We are staying at the Ibis. 100usd per night for such a place is just a rip-off, but I guess this is the common rule in most of New Zealand for now when it comes to price of services. We had a box of a room, but who cares, we were out most of the time. There is a lot to visit around Rotorua, and when I mean a lot, it is a lot. We spend first some time walking the ... read more
Amazig trees at the Redwood forest
Tanya in Hobbiton
Welcome to New Zealand

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua October 20th 2016

Je poste un message pour un shift sur facebook, je trouve Alessia 33 ans, italienne. Je la recupère à Tauranga après une visite des mines d'or de Karangahake On visite LA VILLE DE LA GEOTHERMIE ! et en rentrant de la balade pour voir le geyser, je me fait arreter par la police... très gentille d'ailleurs ici, excès de vitesse 72 pour 50, enfin je suivais la file de voiture... négocier de 80$ à 30$, sont cools les flics ici ! Ce soir première biere dans un pub, 9$ mais quel bonheur !... read more
Chariot
En mode spéléo
Rotorua's lake

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua September 3rd 2016

http:// http://www.rainbowsprings.co.nz/ As a child, I remember visiting Rainbow Springs and Fairy Springs (now merged into one). I have been back many times over the years, but today was the first time I had visited for several years. I had my 2 young grandchildren with me and had managed to get a special deal online which was just as well as I was still shocked at the entry fee. Even with a special deal I still had to pay $30 for myself and $20 for my 3 year old granddaughter, with my 1 year old grandson getting in for free. I felt even worse when I bought some small bags of food for the fish - they were $2.50 per bag. Did I think the cost was worth it? No. Okay, for overseas tourists, it is ... read more
Kereru - native wood pigeon
Kea
Kea

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua August 4th 2016

http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/kuirau-park/ I love Kuirau Park and always take overseas visitors there. It is free, right next to Rotorua's CBD and is a great introduction to the geothermal activity Rotorua is famous for, but which many Kiwis take for granted. Boiling mud, boiling water, steam, steam and more steam. Well worth a quick visit, even if you intend visiting places such as Wai-O-Tapu or Whakarewarewa.... read more
More steam
Art
Steam!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua August 4th 2016

http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/lake-rotorua/ There is so much to do at Lake Rotorua that you will need to spend quite a bit of time there. Cruise out to Mokoia Island, stroll along the lake edge, take some great photos, watch the tourists, dodge the seagulls and swans, take the kids to the playground and soak up the atmosphere. If you need ideas about what to do, visit the iSite in town and the friendly staff will be able to answer all your questions and book activities for you. It is always busy here, even in the middle of winter with a storm rolling in, as you will see in my photos. I have added notes to them to give you some idea of what to expect on your visit. Notes: Kids: plenty of activities suitable for kids, plus a ... read more
Watch out for the hungry seagulls
Take a cruise
Seagull

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua May 15th 2016

Le programme de la matinée était d'aller voir le célèbre geyser de la région. J'ai aussi pris le tour qui incluait le maori show. Je ne suis pas vraiment d'accord pour ce genre de performance car c'est mis en place uniquement pour les touristes et ce n'est pas vraiment authentique. Je préfère quelque chose de plus réel mais je savais que je n'aurais malheureusement pas la chance avec le peu de temps que j'ai ici. J'ai pris ce tour et c'était vraiment bien. Ils ont commencé par un chant d'accueil, ensuite une fois à l'intérieur de la maison de réunion il y a eu plusieurs dances et chants maoris et sortes de combats traditionnels. Ils nous ont même fait monté sur scène pour nous initier à la dance de Poi (1 corde avec une boule en ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua May 6th 2016

If there is a more attractive car ferry route, I don’t know it. As the ship winds its way through the Queen Charlotte and Tory sounds finally crossing the Cook Straits into the harbour at Wellington. Arriving late in the day we overnighted at a campsite outside the city. Keen to move north we just spent the morning in Wellington to see the Te Papa museum. It is dedicated to New Zealand culture and heritage. It told stories of the early settlers both Maori, European and other migrants. A machine allowed you to see whether you would be able to stay in the country regarding your age, education, vocation, etc the machine rejected both of us, looks like we’re staying in Britain! Two other notable exhibits were the Gallipoli exhibit which was well put together including ... read more
Orakei Korako.
Realistic 4 x's lifesize models
Picton to Wellington Ferry

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua April 18th 2016

When you vacation in New Zealand it is like having a different vacation every day. Today I left for Rotorua a popular destination know for its Maori culture and geothermal activity. First, however, I had ti hike the Okere Falls Track where you could see three different waterfalls - Trout Pool Falls, Okere Falls and Tutea Falls. The later is interesting because it is the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. I observed a few rafts tumbling down the falls. Seemed like quite the experience. Next stop Rotorua. I visited Kuirau Park to view some sulfur pools and mud flats. The smell of the hydrogen sulfide released due to the geothermal activity was ever present. To get a better appreciation of this activity I purchased a ticket for entrance into Te Puia Geothermal Park. In ... read more
Tutea Falls
Tutea Falls
Waterfall rafting

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua April 2nd 2016

Rotorua is famous for its geothermal activity, mostly geysers and hot mud pools.... read more
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