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Any nearby cities similar to Rotorua culture/activities?

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Any nearby cities similar to Rotorua culture/activities?

Hello fellow travelers,

I would like to know if there are any cities closer to Auckland that are similar to Rotorua and offers the same type of culture and activities. A four hour trip to Rotorua seems like it would cut too much into the time spent there for a day trip from Auckland.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Any nearby cities similar to Rotorua culture/activities?

Unfortunently Rotorua is unique in the cultural experiance you'll find.

Auckland to rotorua is more like 2 1/2 - 3 hours from auckland central, and would be worth while spending a night there and going to places like the Agradome and the buried village (its a village that was destroyed by a volcanic erruption of Mt Tawaera in the 19th century), to give you an idea of Maori life.

If thats not an option then Auckland museum does have a Maori meeting house, waka and alot of amazing things that will give you a bit of a feel for things. They also have a maori culture performances, info on those can be found on the below link.

http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/?t=80

If you have any question just post them up and we'll do our best

http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/?t=80

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2. Re: Any nearby cities similar to Rotorua culture/activities?

Rotorua is of course noted for things geothermal, things cultural and things adventurous and there is no other place closer to Auckland or indeed anywhere really with all three.

I have done day trips to Rotorua but they are long days i.e. leaving Auckland between 6.00 am and 7.00 am to arrive between 9.00 and 9.30 and not getting back to Auckland until very late evening after having dinner in Rotorua. Doable but not really to be recommended.

The Maori concert at the Auckland Museum is excellent and as good as any you will see in Rotorua

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3. Re: Any nearby cities similar to Rotorua culture/activities?

There are natural wonders in Rotorua that are unique in the world, let alone NZ.

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4. Re: Any nearby cities similar to Rotorua culture/activities?

Rotorua is Rotorua is Rotorua, there is NOTHING to compare. Do not miss it but also, don't just fly into town and spend an hour or so and then complain there was nothing to do.

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5. Re: Any nearby cities similar to Rotorua culture/activities?

The drive will cut into your day but you could always fly there. Rotorua is unique and not to be missed. You may pick up some cheap flights on www.grabaseat.co.nz or just book on the Air NZ website. You can pick up a tour in Rotorua and then just fly back to Auckland. The saving in time by flying will be worth it.

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