Rotorua Hotels? Just Clean & Cheap!

Nov 13th, 2008, 09:56 PM
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Rotorua Hotels? Just Clean & Cheap!

I'm planning to hop off my cruise in Tauranga, therefore giving up my paid for last night on the cruise. So what I need is someplace reasonably priced. I have checked the websites and can easily find good deals. I was hoping someone would have a recommendation though.

As of now I am considering the Ibis which they say is one of the newer hotels? I am looking for clean. I will have a rental car so I dont need to be in a prime location. The point of my stay is the Agrodome and possibly a thermal bath.

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Nov 13th, 2008, 11:57 PM
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And smelly - see my reverse suggestion for you.
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Nov 14th, 2008, 01:19 AM
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No idea about Agrodome and Thermal Baths, but I can tell you that both times I've been to Rotorua I stayed in a hostel. Now hostels change, and several years down the track far more offer twin/double rooms with private facilities.

So if you are serious about cheap (it would be an odd place in NZ that wasn't clean!) I suggest you look at the YHA website. Their offering in R comes in at 80nzd for a room with your own bathroom, or 60nzd without.

You won't get better than that. And so much more fun than an Ibis.

Do a google - "YHA New Zealand" should do it.

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Nov 19th, 2008, 04:01 PM
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You're ditching your cruise to see the AGRODOME? Unless you have a particular interest in sheep that seems bizarre to say the least.

I've always stayed in a B&B in Rotorua. Virtually all NZ lodgings are clean. You'd really have to be scraping the bottom of the barrel to find something that isn't.
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Nov 19th, 2008, 08:22 PM
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A little more to it mlgb - but has the sun set on our dawn?
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Nov 20th, 2008, 10:54 AM
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Don't think that's the right post, Bushranger. However I do remember her other postings about seeking adventure such as Zorbing and the Waitomo experience. So a bit surprised to see this about AGRO-dome. Unless they now have a "zorbing with the sheep" experience.
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Nov 20th, 2008, 02:25 PM
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Looks like I had some troubles as Dawn finding Waitomo mlgb, so try this one - and yep they can do the Zorbing at the Agrodome it'd seem - - make things a bit interesting too, chucking a sheep in.
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Nov 20th, 2008, 04:03 PM
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No that first link just gives all of Australia and Pacific. But I gather from the second that you can zorb at Agro. I might actually pay to see a sheep thrown inside one but then they'd probably have to destroy the zorb and possibly the sheep afterwards.
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Nov 20th, 2008, 04:29 PM
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Third time lucky mlgb
It seems the URL doesn't change unless you post on a thread, so just bumped it from 43 to 1.

And then on review, there's two threads showing with a > in between, the first saying thread is no longer on Fodors and the second the right one.

Hope the luck is there with the post or look near top!!!!!
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Nov 20th, 2008, 08:24 PM
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thanks for all the info. I got the Ibis for $32 USD! I connot complain.

The point of my leaving the cruise a day early is to take the Black Abyss Tour in Waitomo Caves and Zorb & bungee in Rotorua.

PS - I dont really care for sheep. lol
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Nov 21st, 2008, 03:12 PM
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Have fun. I do like the outdoor thermal baths in Roturua. Many of the hotels also have their own. Bring an old swimsuit if you have one, then toss it out when you're done.
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Dec 3rd, 2008, 04:08 PM
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Hi. We nearly always stay at the Millenium when we visit Rotorua . Many of the hotels in Rotorua are looking ( IMO ) a bit tired- I think the sulphur fumes probably are quite bad for the exterior of the buildings . The Novotel is quite new and has good views over the lake. We enjoyed a very nice seafood buffet there recently. I would choose between the Novotel and the Millenium.
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Jan 1st, 2009, 06:25 PM
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Great price for the hotel. FYI, the zorbing is right next to the Agrodome. I'm animal lover and I enjoyed the show at the Agrodome -- but enjoyed playing with the sheep there even more than the show.

I spent a pleasant hour soaking at the Polynesian Spa, but it wasn't a highpoint. I've been to some incredible spas and this one was "nice" -- but not "WOW." It was too cold to stay out of the water unless I went inside (I was there between fall & winter) and too hot to stay in the water for very long. My glasses fogged up from the heat of the water -- and when I took them off, I couldn't see the view

But I loved Rotorua. For me, the highlight was the walk at Waimangu Volcanic Park. The scenery was OMG magnificent, and utterly otherworldly.

On the next trip (May) I'm planning on including a visit to Waitomo, and will probably return to Rotorua -- but I'm going to skip the zorbing

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Millenium hotel in rotorua best of the bunch but yes when you open the door you can smell the fumes. You get used to it though.
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