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Whakarewarewa

I'd like to get your advice/opinions on this site...I have checked the reviews on it but they are not very encouraging... :)

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1. Re: Whakarewarewa

Whakarewarewa is fine if your time frame is tight,its 2 minutes from central Rotorua. The entry price is quite expensive,all the bus companies,and lots of tourists go there as the paths are very easy to walk and its convenient to get too.

Waiotapu is the best thermal area to visit,30 minutes from Rotorua in my opinion. Waimangu is also good.

If you are on a budget there is a park in central Rotorua,easy to find,that wont cost you anything.The geothermal activity is not as spectacular as the places you pay entree price too,but its free,so its worth a look.

If some people want something a little different too see in Rotorua try Kerosene creek,its quite difficult to find,and not even the Rotorua information centre could tell me directions. Basicallly its a small river that has hot water running through it in a forest setting,that you can bath in.Let me know if anyone wants directions.

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2. Re: Whakarewarewa

Thanks for your advice. Is it worth going to more than one thermal site, or are there other things to do apart from that, considering a 2- day frame? Please do give me directions to the Creek. Tks again.

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3. Re: Whakarewarewa

I would definitely recommend going to Waimangu vs. Whakarewarewa. Waimangu was very lush and beautiful with several gorgeous blue pools. Whakarewarewa to me was a tourist trap.

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4. Re: Whakarewarewa

The park in central rotorua blew up about a month ago. Covered about a sq km of land with mud and rocks.

Quite spectacular apparently.

Waitotapu and Waimangu are both pretty good.

You could also go on the Tarawera flight, which no one ever seems to do anymore.

Tarawera is a dormant volcano that blew up in the late 1880s destroying the previously, world famous Pink and White terraces.

There is a Tarawera village tour, which is pricey, but I prefer the helicopter tour to Mt Tarawera and you can go walking around it. Quite spectacular as well!

It all depends on what you want to do in RotoVegas... the Luge is pretty good fun, and scary too. You sit on this little toboggan with wheels type tray, and go down a steep hill at about 60kms an hour. Get the chairlift back to the top, and do it all over again.

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5. Re: Whakarewarewa

Great tips. Thank iu. I'll stick to Waimangu and Waiotapu, and I am now going to look for details on the helicopter tour to Tarawera.

I hope there are no more blow-ups :) Scary!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

I think I'll love the helicopter ride. Tks again

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6. Re: Whakarewarewa

Your welcome.

There is plenty to do in Vegas, but it is 50/50.

Ask the locals what the good non touristy things are to do, and they'll be more than happy to help you out.

One of the good things to do is go on a real marae tour. Not the sterilised tamaki tours one, but a real working marae.

If you can find a local woman, and ask about Marae visits, you may find that you'll get a free guided tour around a Marae - but you won't be allowed to take any photos as it does take away the Maoris mana.

You can take photos on the Tamaki Tours, but like I said, it's so commercialised and crass, that it's not that great.

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7. Re: Whakarewarewa

Agree with the tourist trap comments but unfortunately isn't that what Roto-Vegas is lol!! On a two day time frame it does make it a bit harder to get to the more non commercial sites.

Interesting comments re Wai-O-Tapu etc look forward to checking those ones out too.

Wondera I would love directions to Kerosine creek, it sounds marvellous!

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8. Re: Whakarewarewa

Also with TogLogs on the Tarawera option. It is one of my favourite North Island spots, well worth the visit!

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9. Re: Whakarewarewa

Okay Kerosene creek,directions.

Take State Highway 5 between Rotorua,Taupo.

About halfway between Waimangu thermal reserve and Rainbow mountain,there is a gravel forestry road on the left hand side heading south its the only road on the left between Rainbow mountain and Waimangu,but blink and you will miss it. Drive along this road for about 5 km,you come to a road intersection,on the right there is a small carpark,if you see cars there,you know your at the place. A 30 second walk down a pathway and you found Kerosene creek. There are warning signs there not too put your head under water. The water is warm,with small waterfalls falling over rocks,depth is chest deep at its deepest point.

You do smell a little when you finished bathing,but nothing a shower wont fix.

Rainbow mountain is a great walk to take in views, 1 hour 15mins walk to top, only 15 minutes from carpark to crater lake lookout. Again its not sign posted from the road,but there is a carpark on left hand side of road.

There is an excellent map book called Hema maps New Zealand road atlas,it shows the above marked areas,plus many other un known sites to visit.

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10. Re: Whakarewarewa

Sorry i put you wrong Keroseine creek is halfway between Waiotapu,and rainbow mountain.