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Old Dec 17th, 2006, 01:32 PM
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Rotorua, NZ

We are concerned about the sulfuric smell in our rooms at night in Rotorua. Does anyone have experience with any of these places we are considering or an opinion based on location:

Ann's volcanic Rotorua
Tuscany Villas
Thermal Ambassador Motel
Victoria Lodge
Best Western Braeside

Or do you have another recommendation under $100. US? Thanks.
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Old Dec 17th, 2006, 04:31 PM
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some days are worse than others. I don't recall that there was any odor in the hotel at night (Royal Lakeside Novotel). During the day don't wear your best clothes! you may want to leave whatever you wear in Rotorua when you leave. That said, IMO, Rotaroua was the best place we visited in NZ and hope to go back one day.

[BTW, Sulphur is an odourless element, as I am sure you remember from Chemistry!]
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Old Dec 17th, 2006, 04:51 PM
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Was the smell really that bad as to want to leave your clothes there? Yikes, we travel very light and I would hate to leave half my trip clothes there. Perhaps a visit to the laundromat will follow this stop. What did you like best in Rotorua?
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I would say that you smell Rotorua before you see it. But there are really amazing sights around Rotorua, and the best thing to do at night, is either going to the cultural show which includes buffet dinner, or to the Polynesian Spa.

For hotels, Tuscany Villas isn't too bad. You may also like to try Rydges who often does special deals for about USD50.
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Old Dec 18th, 2006, 02:25 AM
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Oh, come on, for heaven's sake.

Why not just take a trip to some nice sanitised place with hermetically sealed doors and windows, and stay indoors.

The smell won't kill you and you will, I assume, be going out to see what there is to see. Are you planning on packing a gas mask? I do hope so - you'll be the main attraction.
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Old Dec 18th, 2006, 06:17 AM
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Four of us stayed in Rotorua for 2 days and did not note any smell.

We stayed at Warminster Lodge, a BandB on a hill above the city. It was nice, and reasonable.

http://www.westminsterlodge.co.nz/index.html
I'm sure we would all like to know your experience when you come back.
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Old Dec 18th, 2006, 09:46 AM
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marcyquest,

no, don't leave all your clothes there. I pack light too, but always trash some things to make room for purchases along the way. Rotoroua would be a good place to plan that- on the day you visit one of the thermal geysers. I was warned: my daughter said she could never wash the smell out of something.

I said " some days are worse than others"
H_R said: "I would say that you smell Rotorua before you see it" and Jed said"...Rotorua for 2 days and did not note any smell" So just don't worry about it!

Best site is the thermal geysers (I don't know which is "best", but Te Whakarewarea was fantasticic); Also, don't miss a Hangi dinner and cultural show. For a fun and inexpensive meal and good beer: Pig & Whistle bar.

And I'm sure you planned to stop at the glow worm caves at Waitomo just before or after Rotorua.
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We noticed the smell now and then, but never in our hotel room (the Lake Plaza). Mr. Pickle walked through Kuirau Park early in the morning, took a bunch of pictures, and it didn't affect his clothing at all, nor did our visit to Ohinemutu.

Lee Ann
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Old Dec 19th, 2006, 02:31 AM
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Hmm...I think I should rephrase my comment.

All I am trying to get across is that it's one of those funny things about Rotorua. You know you are in Rotorua as you catch a whiff of the sulfur but then your nose gets used to it. It was not meant to offend anyone....I mean after all why would I say anything bad about my own country

Clothes wise, after a few washes you'll be fine.
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marcyquest, when I was young I worked in Rotorua, it pongs a bit when you first get there, but you get used to it in a nano-second.
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Old Dec 19th, 2006, 08:56 PM
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I stayed at Ann's and it was great. She's lovely. The rest of the town stinks-literally. I didn't like Rotorua and the springs weren't terribly exciting. There were also a lot of shoeless teenagers running around. It's funny you wrote this thread b/c my friend and I were just talking about Rotorua and the smell yesterday! The rest of NZ is exquisite!
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