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Rotorua

With its unique volcanic landscape, living Maori culture, natural hot springs and plenty of options for adventure, Rotorua is one of New Zealand's most famous destinations.
 
When explaining the appeal of their region, the people of Rotorua like to talk of five spirits. You can feel the spirit of the earth, as it rumbles beneath your feet and escapes, hissing, through fumaroles and geysers. You can witness the spirit of Maori culture, with authentic village and performance experiences. With a soak in a natural hot spring or a relaxing massage, you can rejuvenate your spirit. Or free your spirit with outdoor adventures - trout fishing, kayaking, waterskiing, swimming, hiking and mountain biking. And if it's excitement you crave, you can challenge your spirit with adrenalin-charged extreme activities such as sky-diving, jet boating and zorbing.
 
MY TRAVEL AGENT'S suggested experiences in Rotorua:
 
 
1.  FEEL THE GEOTHERMAL POWER OF THE PLANET
 
From the moment you enter Rotorua, you know you are somewhere quite different. Sneaky threads of steam rise from parks and bush areas. The scent of sulphur wafts through the air - a hint of what's in store.  Minutes from the city centre, geysers of steaming water roar from the ground; pools of bubbling mud gurgle and plop; and dazzling silica terraces display a kaleidoscope of colour. Towering volcanoes, now sleeping giants, are unmistakable reminders of the landscape's turbulent past. Extinct volcanic craters provide the vessels for the region's lakes.
 
2.  EXPERIENCE THE MAORI CULTURE AT A HANGI
 
Your journey through time unfolds when your coach travels to a pre-European village set deep within the forest, 15 minutes from Rotorua. Let this 3.5-hour tour and your imagination take over as your guide instructs you on the protocol for visiting the marae. A chief is selected, a song is learned and the eerie cry of the welcome is heard before you enter the world of the proud warriors of the ancient Maori.

You will experience the powhiri (welcome ceremony) before you enter the village, with crackling open fires in front of traditional whare (houses). You'll hear traditional Maori instruments and watch the daily activities of days gone by. In the wharenui (meeting house), a Rangiatea culture group offers a powerful display of haka song and dance. Then, as new friendships are forged, dine on a traditional hangi feast, where the food is cooked slowly beneath the ground in earth ovens.

This is an amazing re-enactment based on actual events from history, with real characters, traditional arts and crafts, powerful song and dance while enjoying an authentic Hangi feast.

 

3.  INDULGE YOURSELF WITH A HOT MINERAL BATH

Be pampered at the Polynesian Spa. Massage, mineral pools and skin treatments will renew your sense of wellbeing.  Enjoy tranquil bathing and lake views in the four alkaline rock pools, each with different temperatures (102˚F to 114˚F). Here you are surrounded by revitalizing native New Zealand flora, natural rocks, and the energizing sight and sound of two waterfalls and a grotto that reflects the glistening water.

 

4.  WATCH A SHEEP GET A HAIRCUT AT THE AGRODOME

The Agrodome has grown to be one of New Zealand’s best loved visitor attractions. One of the highlights is a very entertaining, multi-award winning stage show where the presenter gives an exciting and informative insight of agriculture in New Zealand.

The Agrodome Sheep Show is a one-hour performance, presented three times daily in a specially designed auditorium. During the show the audience will see nineteen sheep breeds introduced onto the stage, the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feed lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Audience participation is a major part of the show highlighting the significance of agriculture in New Zealand.

 

5.  VISIT A SACRED ISLAND 

Mokoia Island has a fascinating history, as you will find out from the local guides, as you head across the sparkling water on a gorgeous sunny morning.  The island was often the scene of ferocious battles in pre European times, and a famous union between two illustrious ancestors brought political stability to the wider area of Rotorua.

This love story tells how on a moonless night, Hinemoa, a maiden of high rank, made a very cold swim from the eastern shores of Lake Rotorua to Mokoia Island. Only guided by the haunting melody played on a flute by her love Tutanekai, Hinemoa arrived wearily onto the island. A natural hot spring (Wai Kimihia) helped to warm her and soon Tutanekai found her. They got married and their descendants are alive today.
 
 
6.  ADVENTUROUS ??  TRY ZORBING !!

ZORB is a New Zealand company which began life over 14 years ago. ZORB are the inventors of the original, and only official, ZORB globe.

Using this truly innovative and unique device, the crazy kiwi's took it a step further and decided it was a good idea to roll down a hill inside the ZORB globe.  And what an idea it was – the sport of globe riding was born!


 
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