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Whakatane or Rotorua?

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Whakatane or Rotorua?

I am coming down from Auckland, and thinking of going to Rotorua, for a few days or should I go to Whakatane? I don't have enough time to do both. Want to do White Island can I get a tour company from Rotorua or should I go to Whakatane? Are the glow worms something I shouldn't miss?

Appreciate any information.

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1. Re: Whakatane or Rotorua?

Forget the glow worms, stay in Rotorua and do a day trip to Whakatane/White Island or fly to White Island from Rotorua Airport.

Flight from Whakatane- http://www.vulcanheli.co.nz/index.html

Boat from Whakatane- http://www.whiteisland.co.nz/

Flight from Rotorua-http://www.volcanicair.co.nz/Presentation/Presentation1.aspx?ID=18740

Shuttle from Rotorua- whiteisland.co.nz/white_island_bus_shuttle.h…

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2. Re: Whakatane or Rotorua?

Great thanks for the quick response!

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3. Re: Whakatane or Rotorua?

Unless you have a car and/or unlimited funds the best option is the last one. Make sure you take sea sickness tablets if you take the boat, it's an hour each way over open ocean- even a calm ocean with a lazy swell will catch you out.

If you have a car you could go via Waitomo on the way back to Auckland but allow extra time as it's 2hrs to the caves and then 3 hrs to Auckland afterwards.

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4. Re: Whakatane or Rotorua?

I did read up on the shuttle bus, and I think that will work really well. We won't be going back to Auckland after Rotorua we will be going to Napier, and we are hoping to get a wine tour there. Any suggestions?

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5. Re: Whakatane or Rotorua?

http://www.baytours.co.nz/winerytours.php

http://www.grapeescapenz.co.nz/hbtours.shtml

And if you want to cycle-

http://www.onyerbikehb.co.nz/

Visit the HB Farmers Market in Hastings if you are there on a Saturday- one of the best in NZ.

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6. Re: Whakatane or Rotorua?

Fabulous, I will check them out. Appreciate all your help.

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