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Polynesian Spa or Taupo Hot Springs?

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scotland
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Polynesian Spa or Taupo Hot Springs?

Hi

we are spending 2 nights in Rotorua early december. We plan to arrive late pm..do the matai trip at night and following day do as many activities as we can. 3 young boys so lots to cover.Also plan to visit friends in Repora but only for couple of hours. When we leave the following day we want to get to Wai topu for the lady knox eruption at 10.15am. My dilemma is can we then back track to Repora and do visiting then or perhaps miss luge/gondola that afternoon before and do in Queenstown therefore freeing up time to get to Repora or perhaps skip POlynesian spa and do taupo Springs instead? As usual we are cramming lots in but will have a slower pace later on! Or maybe we should do polynesian spa the night we arrive???

Oh help!!

Many thanks

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1. Re: Polynesian Spa or Taupo Hot Springs?

If you are going to Mitai when you arrive in Rotorua, you will need to be at your accommodation in time for pick up by Mitai usually from 5.30p.m. onwards. You could go to the Polynesian Spa (open until 11 p.m.) the night you arrive and Mitai the next night. This seems the better option as you could then arrive in Rotorua later that first night. Perhaps take a walk around Kuirau Park (free) on you arrival to view the lakes and mud pools. A picnic meal here or dinner at the nearby restaurants on the lake end of Tutanaekai Street (a range of ethnic menus to choose from here)

The next day you could do luge, gondola,zorbing and the other activities at the Agrodome and then Mitai that evening.

You would be best to visit friends in Reporoa after visiting Waiotapu as this is on the way to Taupo.

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2. Re: Polynesian Spa or Taupo Hot Springs?

Give yourself LOTS of time to get a good seat for the Lady Knox eruption - a 9:30 arrival wouldn't be too early.

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3. Re: Polynesian Spa or Taupo Hot Springs?

Thank you both. Making sense now!

Another thing....I will probably fit it all in anyhow but if you had to choose between de bretts taupo springs and polynesian spa..which would win from the kids point of view!!?

Many thanks

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4. Re: Polynesian Spa or Taupo Hot Springs?

Both are good - maybe the key issue is timing.

Drive time between Rotorua - Waiotapu is about 20-25 minutes. From Waiotapu to Reporoa is about 10 minutes. Reporoa to Taupo 25 - 30 minutes. If you are staying in Rotorua, then the extra to Taupo does eat into the available time.

Waiotapu is well worth doing and I would suggest would take around 2 hours minimum - the Lady Knox is only part of the place and the rest of the site should not be missed.

Being biased, pretty hard to fit it all in witin 2 days - both Rotorua and Taupo have a lot to offer and its a question of what your priorities are.

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5. Re: Polynesian Spa or Taupo Hot Springs?

Thanks whetu..you are spot on about the timings..really useful to give me the driving times. thank you..think a night is needed in Taupo.

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