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1 day only in Rotorua

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1 day only in Rotorua

Hi we have only 1 day to spend in Rotorua and this is our plan: let me know if this is alright. We are here on the 1st of Nov.

- Drive from Auckland down

- Stop at Whakarewarewa Forest to walk for about an hour on the way to Rotorua.

- Check into hotel and go to Waimangu Volcanic Valley (since we will miss the 1015 geyser at Waiotapu, i figured we can go to Waimangu.

- Do the 1.5 hr walk there

- Drive back to hotel

- Walk around city centre

- Dinner at city centre.

- do night spa at polynesian spa (i think they close at 11pm)

Can i check if i need to pre-book for the waimangu valley walk now or just turn up and buy tickets from the recept? And do i need to book the night spa for 3 adults?

Thank you

Michelle

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1. Re: 1 day only in Rotorua

You do not need to book for Waimungu and the Polynesian Spa. Coming from Auckland you will drive through Rotorua before coming to the forest. Many people go to one of the Maori Cultural Evenings as a Hangi (traditional) dinner is included in the package and sometimes there is still enough time to visit the spa afterwards. Enjoy your short stay in Rotorua.

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2. Re: 1 day only in Rotorua

With only one day (where are you going next day?) I wouldn't rate the Whakarewarewa forest highly enough to miss other thermal or cultural activities in Rotorua, such as the Government Gardens & Kuirau Park (free); Ohinemutu Maori Village, the Agrodome or Rainbow Springs.

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3. Re: 1 day only in Rotorua

thank you both! yes i see the forest is after rotorua. We will probably go to Waimungu then the forest as Waimungu closes at 5. Then dinner then the spa.

We are going to Napier after Rotorua.

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4. Re: 1 day only in Rotorua

Kuirau Park (right in city centre) has some great thermal activity. We loved the pool where you could sit and put your feet in the thermal water. My feet felt so good afterward.

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5. Re: 1 day only in Rotorua

We will be in Rotoura (Tauranga) for 1 day 9A -7P next Feb. 2015 as part of a cruise ship Port stop. Can you recommend the best sights to see in 1 day. Will we likely need a Tour Company excursion or is this Port able to be seen independently in 1 day? Please advise.

Thanks for your Help!

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6. Re: 1 day only in Rotorua

Lovewineandtravel - Tauranga is the port your ship will arrive in and Rotorua is a whole separate town around an hour's drive away inland. Will your ship be providing transport to Rotorua?

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7. Re: 1 day only in Rotorua

i doubt it but I plan to ask. Was hoping to do a zip-line and rafting excursion while in Rotorua but since we are only in Port from 9A -7P and it takes 1 hour plus driving each way, I don't know if we will have enough time. Not to mention the added cost of getting from Port of Tauranga to Rotorua.

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8. Re: 1 day only in Rotorua

Tauranga has enough to fill your time for a day I'm sure, especially at that time of year it should be really good weather.

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9. Re: 1 day only in Rotorua

So I gather you are advising against my pursuing trying to get to Rotorua for Zip-Line/rafting excursion and instead choosing to stay and tour around Tauranga?

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10. Re: 1 day only in Rotorua

Check with www.canopytours.co.nz but you should have ample time. Many cruise ship passengers come over to Rotorua when their ship is in Tauranga unless you are happy to walk around Mt Maunganui or spend time in the shops. Thermal parks, adventure tourism (rafting, zorbing, ziplining, luging,mountain biking...heaps of things to do to work off some of the cruise ship meals.

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