Travel note to self - avouid booking hotels long distance !
You know... on the Web.. never been to New Zealand before... looking at some photos... thinking "best to book something rather than just turn up" ... WHAT A MISTAKE
Generally the local tourist offices ( i-site) are pretty good at matching your personal needs/bufget to good motels (warning : i-site shut at 5pm like most things in NZ!!)
Avoid "hotels" like the plague - they don't offer anything a motel has not got, and motels are usually cheaper. Now I have learned the lesson.
Also the crummy staff tried to persuade us to book the "maori show" saying if we booked later on (ie after having a chance to think about it)..it would cost 25% more. RIP OFF.
WE did NOT book.. and with some resarch found that if these shows interest you, the non-hotel shows are much better,
AND.. fancy a nice relaxing swim and spa after your 12 hour flight from Hong Kong and drive down from Auckland..??? Well the Sudima claims tohave a spa pool and swimming pool.... but they are horrible, grubby and unpleasant. Far better pay a few bucks for the Polynesian Spa hotel just two minutes walk away. It has real outdoor thermal spas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s most exciting destinations - with fascinating history, rich Maori culture, and an enormous selection of attractions to experience. While visiting Rotorua, your premier accommodation choice is Sudima Lake Rotorua. Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and is set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. The hotel is also adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex, Rotorua Museum and Government Garden, and just a short stroll from the Rotorua Convention Centre, the Energy Event Centre and Rotorua’s vibrant city centre. Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across Lake Rotorua. ... more less
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