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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Travel and Review : New Zealand – South Island - Rotorua

In Rotorua, you basically will be able to tell upon reaching this town as the smell of suphur was indeed very overwhelming. But I guess that’s what make the town memorable.

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Do visit the Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderful to understand why Rotorua smelled the way it is : )

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Just try to breathe through your mouth and you should be fine because eventhough it can be rather lacklustre for those who are not fans of geological features, some of the sites you saw here, you may not be able to see them anywhere else. This is also the location of the famous Lady Knox Geyser but you need to be early though or you will miss its once a day “performance.”

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For more information on the site you can visit the official site HERE.

For something less sulphuric and yet provide a spectacular view, you cannot miss visiting the Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

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Spectacular and picturesque view!

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For a great walk and simply to enjoy a great view NZ has to offer, Waimangu Volcanic Valley is definitely a must to visit. If you plan to visit both the Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu together (they are 30 minutes apart if you drive) there are a lot of combo entrance tickets so keep a look out for those when you want to purchase such tickets. The only problem that I faced was the fact that I have to drive to Rotorua town to exchange my computer print-out for an actual ticket first thus if you are already in Rotorua then its not a problem. However, if you are driving from Taupo (you will see the attractions first before reaching Rotorua) then you may need to do a roundabout. If the above is such a hassle then don’t buy the tickets online! Just go and pay a little extra at the site itself.

Once you are in Rotorua town itself one of the must visit place is its museum!

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It is huge and there are many things to discover and learn!

If you are tired, just a few minutes away is a good place to rest your sore body and feet called QE Health. You have to try the AIX massage because for me it is something novel and definitely unique to try at least once in your lifetime.

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