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Trip Report Rotorua Price List, Free Stuff and some other thoughts

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We have just returned from two weeks in the land of the long white cloud although we only saw cloud on two days and rain on one!

We spent a week in the Bay of Islands with the highlight being sailing in the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson. You can climb the rigging and help sail or just enjoy the scenery.

We spent a week in Rotorua and our resort was kind enough to email me the hand outs they give everyone. One is a list of FREE things to do in Rotorua and the other is a list of PRICES for most of the attractions. Obviously these are subject to change but will give an idea of how you can spend your hard earned dollars.

The other good source of Free things is this guide to walks near Rotorua, particularly walk 18 to the glow worm cliff. It is an easy walk 15min each way but do it in day light first and have a torch!
Walk 11 to the mud pool is fantastic. It is the best mud pool in the area.

Other highlights were Orakei Korako - probably the best of the dozen of so thermal parks we have been to. The Craters of the Moon are lovely as they are in a green valley, there is lots of steam and some craters but not much else. Very cheap - $8 each and quite tranquil.



Kuirau Park – Located to the west of the city centre along Ranolf Street. Take a meander through the park which is very alive with geothermal activity. At the far end is a board walk over the steaming pools and bubbling mud. For those tired feet there are hot mineral foot pools to dip and soak your feet in. While the children are playing on the many swings, slides and climbing apparatus, parents may wish to enjoy the beautiful gardens. There is also a fragrant garden for the blind.
Hamurana Springs and Redwood Forest – Turn left when leaving Worldmark’s entrance and drive for approximately 6 kms around the lakes edges. There is no signpost, so look for a small bridge that you will cross and almost immediately turn into a drive on the right amongst trees. There you will find a car park. Straight ahead is the Hamurana Stream which is fed from the Hamurana Spring. To the left you will see a walk bridge, which if you take the path and over the bridge turn left, will lead you into the Redwood Forest and to the spring itself. Those who wish to play golf, the nine hole golf course is on the other side of the car park.
Okere Falls and Trout Pools – Turn right out of the Resort and at the intersection turn left. Approximately 3 kms along SH33 you will find a sign pointing left to the falls and pools (Trout Pool Road). You will come to the falls first. Please make sure you do not leave valuables in your vehicle, and make sure the vehicle is securely locked. For the fisherman – the trout pools provide a great catch (please remember you require a license to fish for trout).
Government Gardens – These are on the east side of the city centre. Find the Rotorua Information Centre on Fenton Street and there you will see a roundabout – take a right at the roundabout and you will drive directly under the huge archways and into the Garden. Straight ahead of you is the Old Bath House in all its grandeur. Also here is the Rotorua Museum but please note there is a cost for this. At the rear of the Bathhouse Cafe, there is a small movie theatre where you can view a re-enactment of the Mount Tarawera Eruption and the Buried Village – with live simulated action and computer enhanced imagery (please note that the entry fee for this is covered in the museum entry fee).
Redwood Forest – On your way from Worldmark to Rotorua via the airport, you will come to the second roundabout where you will turn left into Tarawera Road, then take the second right into Longmile Road. Along there you will find a car parking area and information centre where you can pick up a track guide to walks of 15 minutes to 3 hours. Also there are biking and BMX tracks. If you are into jogging, this is the popular place for Rotorua joggers.
The Lakes – After visiting the Redwoods turn right onto Tarawera Road and within 7 minutes you will be at some of Rotorua’s beautiful lakes. The first lake is the Blue Lake which has coin operated BBQ’s and is perfect for swimming and picnics, along with the other lakes. At the Blue Lake you can take the turning to take you to Lake Okareka on the top Loop Road back to Tarawera Road. Secondly is the Green Lake and then Lake Tarawera. Across this lake you will see the volcano of the infamous eruption in 1886. On the right of the road past the Buried Village (Te Wairoa) you can park at a viewing point. If you continue along to the parting of the road, you can take a right turn down the hill to the lake edge and the Landing Cafe.
Lake Okataina – a scenic drive via Lake Rotorua and past the Rotorua Airport. Take the Whakatane turn off on the left and drive out past Hell’s Gate and Lake Rotoiti. Experience magnificent forests, Maori history, bird life, trout fishing and walkways.
Mountain Biking – An extensive trail network exists within the Whakarewarewa Forest. The trail network is popular with people of all ages and abilities. Access these trails via the car park on Waipa State Mill Road, first left off SH5 to Taupo after Te Puia. Just a five minute drive from Rotorua’s city centre. BYO bike or hire a bike on site.
St Faith’s Church – Located in Mataiawhea Street, Ohinemutu this church offers richly decorated cultural interior. Historic Tamatekapua carved house adjacent to lakeside Maori village.
Sulphur Point Walkway – Loop track from lakefront to Sulphur Point and back through Government Gardens, or start at Sulphur Point and walk east across sulphur flats (via walkway at rear or Lake Plaza Hotel) to Te Ngae Road.
Craft Market – This is held every second Sunday at the lake front (lake end of Fenton Street) and also the Saturday of long weekends and public holidays.
Night Market – Experience a unique boutique style market in the heart of Tutanekai Street between Haupapa and Pukuataua Streets every Thursday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Ethnic eateries, artisan honey, chilli sauces, specialty pasta, cheeses, chutneys and stunning locally inspired clothing.
Flea Market – Open every Saturday next to the playground in Kuirau Park from 7 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. A huge range of produce, food, goods and entertainment.

Mitai/Rainbow Springs Combo - adult $125.00 child (10-15 years) $65.00 family package $333.00
Mitai only – adult $106.50 child (10-15 years) $52.50 family package $279.00
Rainbow Springs only – adult $30.00 child (5-15years) $17.50
Tamaki Maori Village - adult $105.00 child (10-15 years) $60.00 family (2 adult & up to 3 kids) $250.00
Te Puia - day time entry adult $46.00 child (5-15 years) $23.00 Te Po evening - adult $110.00
child (5-15years) $55.00 family $297.00
Hells Gate - park entry adult $35.00 child $17.50 family $85.00
Wai O Tapu – Lady Knox Geyser - adult $32.50 child (5-15years) $ 11.00 families pass $80.00
Waimangu – adult $34.50 child (6-16years) $11.00
Orakei Korako – adult $36.00 child (16 & under) $15.00
Sky Line rides – Gondola adult $25.00 child $12.50 Gondola & 1 Luge ride adult $35.00 child (5-14 years) $22.50 other package deals available
Paradise Valley Springs & Lion Park - adult $29.00 child (5-15 years) $14.50
3D Maze – adult $9.00 child $6.00
Amaze Me Maze - adult $16.00 child (5-17years) $9.00 family $45.00
The Duck - adult $68.00 child $38.00 family (2 adult & 2 kids) $155.00
Zorb Rotorua 1 x ride $45.00 other package deals available
Agrodome – sheep show adult $27.00 child $13.50
Rotorua Museum – adult $18.00 child $5.50
Polynesian Spa – Lake Spa deluxe adult $42.00 child $15.00 standard adult pools $21.00
Other package deals available including massage and treatments.
Waikite Valley Hot Pools – adult $14.00 child$7.00
Kawarau Jet Boat Rotorua – adult $110.00 child $65.00
Huka Falls Jet Boat Taupo – adult $105.00 child (15 & under) $59.00
White Water Rafting - River Rats (Kaituna River Okere Fall) $99.00 per person
U-Fly Rotorua Tours – Bronze (48km/20min) $199, Silver (82km/30min) $270, Gold (133km/50min) $435
Strike Zone Tenpin Bowling – 1 Game adults (14 & over) $11 junior (13 & under) $9
RailCruisers Self Drive - 1-3 adults $76.00, 4 or more adults $68.00, child (under 15) $38, Family $190
OHAU Fishing Charters - Rotoiti Hot Pools: 1 – 5 people $150, 6-8 people an additional $10 per person

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