We spent two nights in Rotorua as we chose it as a base to explore the Maori culture and the geothermal valley. The hotel staffs were very courteous and helpful. We had breakfast at the hotel restaurant one day. We ordered salmon eggs benedict and Spanish style Omelette, both of them tasted very good and nicely presented. The studio we stayed was clean, nicely decorated, but the style is a little pretentious. And we think it was overpriced. For NZD$215 per night (breakfast was not included), I would expect something more.
Since Polynesian spa was highly recommended by the hotel staffs, we went to check it out. The lake spa was okay but I really enjoyed the massage.
There are so many Maori culture tours in the area, with limited time we had, we only went to the one called Whakarewarewa - The Living Thermal Village. It is fascinating to see that the village is actually inhabited by Maori people. We enjoyed the tour very much and it was also less commercial.
As far as the geothermal sites, we went to wai-o-tapu and Waimangu, not very impressed if compare to the Yellowstone Park. The latter is far more bigger, dynamic, colorful and with reasonable entrance fee.
Overall, we had a pleasant stay except the whole town really smells - the sulphur odor, 24x7. If I ever go back to the area, I will stay in Lake Taupo, which is about one hour south of Rotorua. We made some brief stops in the town on our way from Taronga to Rotorua. I think it is nicer and newer than Rotorua, surrounded by a gorgeous lake. And it doesn’t smell.
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- The Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel redefines modern hospitality with a visionary blend of classic design, luxurious facilities and bespoke service. Our philosophy is to marry personalized, intuitive service with divine rooms and suites, stunning surroundings and a smart, relaxed atmosphere. Perfectly located in the heart of Rotorua within walking distance of the eating & shopping precinct, the lakefront, government gardens and the convention centres. The Hotel offers 35 guest rooms, restaurant & bar, outdoor heated pool, natural mineral pool, mini gym, spa services, meeting rooms, unlimited free WiFi & laundry services. Our award winning restaurant can cater for up to 70 guests banquet style and meetings can be held in a choice of 3 rooms from 21sqm up to 200sqm ... more less
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