visit the Buried Village. This was truly wonderful experience and I particularly enjoyed reading the 'letters' Margaret supposedly sent back to her family in England describing the changes to the landscape after the volcano eruption. Unfortunately we didn't get to the village earlier enough, (went to the lving village-save your moneyand dont bother) you could easily spend a good half day there enjoying the gardens etc, but for the time we were there it was fab. And the walk to the water falls was well worthwhile As we have found throughout NZ great care it taken to ensure your safety and protection of the bushland. This is a little bit out of Rota but if you're in your own vehicle is a 'must do' and even if you don't have your own vehicle, find some a tour that goes there. There is also the delightful Lake Tarawera nearby where you can swim and relax.
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