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Rotorua Itinerary-Help Needed

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Rotorua Itinerary-Help Needed

Hi,

We will be in Rotorua for 2 and a half days, 2 nights. I am just wondering does anyone know what is THE things to see and do there? Can you suggest an itinerary for us??? Please any help i would appreciate it thanks so much :)

Chuckenpen

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1. Re: Rotorua Itinerary-Help Needed

Although Rotorua was not the highlight of our trip we did enjoy spending time at the Skyline Gondola & Luge. The views were nice but not dramatic like the south island. We had a blast on the luge.

I personally would not recommend Te Puia. We were extremely disappointed with this stop and felt it was a waste of money. Most of the landscape is bubbling mud pits and the geyser was tiny.

If you go to the Pig & Whistle pub be sure to get the burger but stay away from the nachos (horrible).

We really enjoyed the Waimangu Volcanic Valley which was about 20-30 minutes south of Rotorua. Even in the downpour, the landscape was lush and beautiful. The rain created lots of steam off of the thermal pools. Several of the pools were a brilliant blue green. We opted not to take the boat ride due to the high winds and rain. We stopped at Huka Falls before continuing to Taupo.

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2. Re: Rotorua Itinerary-Help Needed

I would suggest the following:

Gondola & luge - just a few minutes out of the centre of town. Amazing views and the luge is great fun.

Orakei Koraka thermal reserve (about 20 minutes out of Rotorua towards Taupo) - also worth having a look at the Huka Falls whilst you are down that way.

Hells Gate thermal reserve which is about 5 minutes out of town is also great for seeing the thermal aspect of the area

If you want something a bit different, the Zorb is quite good fun (you get rolled down a hill in a huge plastic ball). This is next door to the Agrodome, which is a 'sheep experience' - you xcan watch shearing and feed lambs etc if you're into that.

Also, although it is very touristy, the evening Maori cultural evenings where you can go to a Marae, have some hangi food and see some Maori dancing etc are quite good fun, and Rotorua is the place to do that.

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3. Re: Rotorua Itinerary-Help Needed

Here I am again Chuck- This thread has quite afew suggestions for a visit to Rotorua.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g255104-i125-k7345…

(just a small correction- Hells Gate is 25-30 minutes from town)

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