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“Not my favorite town”

Rotorua District, New Zealand
Ranked #125 of 229 Restaurants in Rotorua
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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FORT COLLINS
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Not my favorite town”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

It is hard to top the south island. Rotorua is not as pretty a town. It is a tourist trap for Maori villages and seeing the geysers and mud pools. If you have been to Yellowstone, you will be disappointed as this isn't on the same scale. Plus everything is privately owned and expensive. We thought the highlight of the town was the beautiful lake filled with black swans and other birds. Restaurants were below average. Shopping was pretty boring. It is the same stuff you see everywhere. we would have tried one of the spas but they were all booked so reserve in advance. Personally I would skip it and spend more time in the Bay of Islands.

Visited April 2014
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Mount Maunganui
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful town, but so aggressive”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

Rotorua is one of the most beautiful towns in NZ, it has loads to do and see. But alas, the locals let it down, so aggressive, people hanging around asking for money, fighting, night life is intimidating, gangs, rude and loud swearing with disrespect for the elderly and children around, locals dropping rubbish and live smokes in the street and bushes. it's not a good look and really sad to see. The middle of Town is dying a slow death. But the new eat street is really pretty at night!

Visited March 2014
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San Antonio, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Hennessy's How To”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

Learn how to be a satisfied customer by visiting Hennessy's
Irish Bar. Authentic Irish, inside building is awesome with all things Irish, brass and wood and antique bicycle. Very cool outside serving area, 3 tables for smokers on opposite side from non smoking area. Fast and friendly, attentive service. Food was more than sufficient. Wife had daily special of fish and chips-huge crisp fish tenderloins, yummy hot fries and big serving of cole slaw. Beef Berger for me with fries. Double beef patties, cheese, great sauce, tomatoes, etc on burger which must weigh two kilos! Either burger or fish split between us would have worked but we overrate anyway. I had a pint plus a glass of delicious Guinness, their best selling beer, dark and with a clover imprinted in the foam. Wife had a glass. The cappuccinos are A work of art! A meal to remember all for less than $70NZD!

  • Visited April 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Solace - Never again”
Reviewed 7 January 2014 via mobile

Went out for our last night in Rotorua with my family and thought the menu looked good. It was a terrible night. We dined outside-very dirty! The high chair was not clean and I had to ask waiter for a cloth. The waitress/waiter were away with the fairys. Drinks came out in dirty glasses, asked for water several times and never got it. The food was under average for what we paid and the bathrooms were disgusting! Never going here again!

  • Visited December 2013
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Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Like an English Las Vegas”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Almost every aspect of this area is based on tourism and the dollar, but even so it's not worth missing.

Visited November 2013
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