Planning for our forthcoming trip to Rotorua. Arriving in the afternoon of Day 1. We'll be there mainly for the thermals and culture. I'd like to know how much time I should allocate to visit Whakarewarewa. Do I need the whole day if I stay on for the cultural show and hangi? Or should I give the hangi a miss and go to Mitai or Tamaki at night.
I have read a few of TA's write-ups regarding Waitapu and Waimangu but still unsure whether to visit all of them. Are these 3 thermals totally different?
We'll be going to the Polynesian Spa and the public mudpools in the park.
Also, probably walk along the lakeside. Are there any attractions by the lake within walking distance from Rotorua town centre?
We're arriving by Intercity bus and don't plan to hire a car while in Rotorua, will most likely take the geyser link if we are to visit Waitapu.