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Visit to Rotorua questions

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Visit to Rotorua questions

We have 1 day in Rotorua so have planned a tentative "jam-packed" day:

WAIOTAPU THERMAL early for about 2 hr.'s including watch Lady Knox geyser at 10:45 a. m.

onto WAIMANGU THERMAL for about 2 hr.'s

Afternoon at Te Puia to include: 1.5 hr. guided tour of WHAKEREWAREWA

THERMAL, Maori culture Center and N. Z.. Arts and Crafts

Lake afternoon/early eve. drive to Lake Tarawera.

Finishing up with Skyride Gondola.

Other options include Rrotorua Museum or HELLS GATE(a lil out of wa)y.

Can you please comment on whether you feel the selections are good or not; also what order(best to worst) you would place them in.. Lastly what other selections you would reccomend in addition or to replace my selections.

Thankyou in advance

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1. Re: Visit to Rotorua questions

Yes to Waiotapu . this will take approximately two hours. Suggest you arrive there at 8.30a.m. when the gates open, walk around the park (about an hour and a half) and then watch the Lady Knox geyser at 10.15a.m.

Drive to Waimungu where you walk approx 3.5 km to Lake Rotomahana where you can take a boat trip (recommended). Afterwards catch the bus back up the hill. This will take more than 2 hours but you could omit the boat trip to save time. However you get about as close to Mt Tarawera as is possible without taking the 4WD tour of Mt Tarawera tour .

Then drive to Lake Tarawera .The Buried Village is on this road but doubt you will have time to visit here and do the walk to the waterfall. There is a lovely walk around the Blue Lake but that takes over an hour.

Return to accommodation by 4p.m. and be picked up by free transport for your booked Te Puia, Te Po (hangi dinner and entertainment) evening.

This will be a very busy day and you won't have much time for lunch or coffees in between.

You have still not fitted in Hell's Gate, Polynesian Spa ( open until 11 p.m.), Rotorua Museum (open until 8 p.m.), Rainbow or Paradise springs, Skyline gondola & luge, the Agrodome and Agroventures, Redwood forest, Orakei Korako etc............look on www.rotoruaNZ.com to find out more.

You may be able to arrange your day differently depending on where you are travelling from and to.

A suggestion is to take a helicopter or float plane flight over the area. If the weather is good, this is a great way to see the lakes and Mt Tarawera. It allows you to get things in perspective. Follow up with a visit to the Rotorua Museum.

Without knowing how old & fit you are; how many in your group; your interests and your travel plans, it is difficult for asomeone reading your post to plan your day but hope this helps a little.

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2. Re: Visit to Rotorua questions

Val Gee,

Excellent post---THANKYOU!

My wife and I are early 60's and God Willing we can still do most anything.

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3. Re: Visit to Rotorua questions

Hi-

I am butting in on this forum as a traveler looking for Rotorua activity recommendations for an early March visit. Like Jaba 1 we are in our early 60's but we have the luxury of two full days in the area. We were planning on including Waiotapu, Waimungu, the buried village, Hell's gate and maybe- lobbying hard for this with my husband- the gondola and luge ride. We both are really high on the idea of the Maori hangi dinner and would love a recommendation from ValGee. We were looking at Whakarewarewa and Tamaki Maori Vilage. With a target night of March 8 or March 9, should we book now? I e-mailed our inn-keepers several days ago regarding this question and did not get a response.

Thanks

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4. Re: Visit to Rotorua questions

No, kkvo, we have never had difficulties making bookings within 24 hours for Tamaki, Te Po or Mitai. If you would like to see kiwi at night, we recommend the Mitai Cultural Evening because you can do the Combo and include a guided tour of Rainbow Springs at night. Check with the I site when you arrive in Rotorua because often they have packages available where you are able to buy a ticket to one attraction and receive a free entry to another attraction. Well worthwhile! Great you can spend two nights in Rotorua. We have had guests staying five nights and still finding they had not allowed enough time to do all the things they had hoped to do.

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5. Re: Visit to Rotorua questions

Thank you so much ValGee. Will put the kiwi on our to do agenda.

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