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Not sure whether to include Rotorua or not...

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Tavira, Portugal
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Not sure whether to include Rotorua or not...

My wife and I will be visiting New Zealand for six weeks during October and the first half of November and are already finding that there are too many places to go and not enough time. If we have read our guidebooks correctly the main attractions of Rotorua are its geothermal features, Maori shows/hangis and hotpools. We visited Yellowstone three years ago and saw most of its geothermal features so wonder if we can afford to bypass Rotorua and, possibly, visit White Island instead. If we don't spend much, or any, time in Rotorua could we still enjoy Maori experiences elsewhere, say at Waitangi or on the East Cape? We understand that there are hot pools elsewhere so that doesn't seem to be a problem.

We would be most grateful for some guidance.

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11. Re: Not sure whether to include Rotorua or not...

Hi

You could also add adventure activities to Rotorua’s attractions.

With 6 weeks you have a good amount of time but as you say there are a lot of places to go. New Zealand is not a place to rush around and you do not have to go everywhere to get a good taste of the country. My advice is always to avoid cramming too much in and whenever possible stay more than one night in each place – this makes for a much more relaxing holiday than moving on every day.

With regard to Maori experiences Rotorua would generally be regarded as the place to go but if you are not already aware of it there is an excellent Maori concert/cultural performance to be enjoyed at the Auckland Museum. Have a look at:

www.aucklandmuseum.com

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12. Re: Not sure whether to include Rotorua or not...

Sorry, I'm afraid that the thought of zorbing doesn't do it for us but thanks for keeping us alive to things that we hadn't thought of.

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13. Re: Not sure whether to include Rotorua or not...

Thanks for all the posts on this topic, they've certainly given us lots to think about. We've fallen into the trap of trying to see everything while visiting other far-flung places and thought that we'd take a slightly more leisurely approach to New Zealand but our list of things that we really want to do keeps growing. The general tone of your suggestions is that we shouldn't miss Rotorua so we'll certainly make some space for it in our itinerary.

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