Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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So, I seem to have fallen in the trap many travelling bloggers inevitably fall victim to; I neglected my travelling blog, as I have been too busy travelling. I know, the irony.

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Anyway, it’s time to get back on track.

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I left off last time singing the praises of the lakes of the South Island, as we ploughed on in our little campervan all the way up to Picton. We then got the ferry across the Cook Straight to the North Island, and continued on our journey. As we only had about three days on the North Island before our flight from Auckland to Fiji, we had a lot of miles to cover, and not very long to do it. Our first stop was Taupo (yet another example of New Zealand’s beautiful lakes), and from there we followed the lake North into the Taupo Volcanic Zone, and the Wai-O-Tapu thermal…

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Rotorua and Maori Culture

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There’s nothing quite like approaching a thermally active hotspot like Rotorua, images of bubbling mud pools and spraying geysers come to mind and Rotorua has those in spades. The geothermal power bubbling under the surface of the town gives it its very character and is what attracted generations of Maori to view the lake and its geothermal activity as sacred. There is a strong Maori presence there today, with numerous attractions, performances and schools for traditional carving and weaving.

School for teaching traditional Maori Weaving - Rotorua

School for teaching traditional Maori Weaving – Rotorua

Maori culture is very proudly on display, from Haka greetings to carvings to performances.

The Haka greeting  - Rotorua NZ

The Haka greeting – Rotorua NZ

Alongside the Maori, the area is riddled with geothermal activity, with the air often heavy with the smell of sulphur, while geothermally heated water is tapped for natural hot tubs at various hotels and resorts, which are wonderful after a *hard* day of…

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Whak-a-what?

Originally posted on Melissa in the Middle:

If you think "Whakarewarewa" is a mouthful, the full name of the village is on the red sign below.

If you think “Whakarewarewa” is a mouthful, the full name of the village is on the red sign below.

When I first arrived in Rotorua and got a whiff of the sulfuric air, I pitied the people that called this corner of New Zealand home. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to live in such a smelly, volcanically-active environment. That is, until I visited a small Maori village called Whakarewarewa, where I learned that there are some distinct advantages to living in a geothermal village.

The Maoris were the first to arrive in New Zealand, and because they came from a more tropical location, were not used to the cold winters. And so they huddled around these naturally warm places where there was a ready source of hot water for cooking and bathing.

I had visited Ohinemutu, another Maori village the day before. It’s free to walk around and…

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Roadtrip N# 2 Taupo – Rotorua – Tauranga – Coromandel – Whitianga

Originally posted on Mein Leben in der langen weißen Wolke - leben und studieren in Neuseeland :

Hallo ihr Lieben,

vom 29. September bis zum 10. Oktober war mid- term break, das bedeutete 2 Wochen Ferien und Erholung vom stressigen Studentenalltag. Diese Gelegenheit haben wir uns natürlich nicht nehmen lassen, um Neuseeland weiter zu erkunden. Also haben Anna-Lena, Lisa, Julia und ich am 3.Oktober unseren zweiten Roadtrip gestartet :-). Wir sind morgens früh um 8 Uhr bei strahlendem Sonnenschein in Napier aufgebrochen, auf dem kurvigen Weg nach Taupo wurde dann das Wetter aber immer schlechter. Wir haben es uns trotzdem nicht nehmen lassen einen kurzen Stop bei den Waipunga Falls zu machen und es war echt cool wie plötzlich aus dem Nichts die Wasserfälle aufgetaucht sind.

Waipunga Falls

Waipunga Falls

Die Waipunga Falls sind zwei 40 m hohe Wasserfälle nur eine Minute enfernt von der Straße von Napier nach Taupo. Tipp: man muss einfach immer die braunen Schilder am Straßenrand beachten, so kann man ganz einfach tolle Sachen entdecken…

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Latest Reviews, MALFROY Rotorua Accommodation

“Great Rotorua accommodation”
(Andrew F, Senior Reviewer)
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW  

My partner and I stayed at Malfroy for 3 nights. Mairi and Ron were very welcoming and gave plenty of information about what was available to see and do. The suggestions they gave were based on our interests and time available, so very personalised.
The room was very good, nice and clean, with plenty of storage especially in the kitchen. The recliner chairs were very comfortable, the bed had electric blankets and the room had thermal heating so lovely and warm.
I chose the room with the massage shower, as I had to try it! It was interesting, but next time I would probably go the normal shower room.
The thermal pool and plunge pool were amazing. It was great to have a dip in the thermal pool each morning/night to relax, especially after lots of walking and sightseeing!
Overall Malfroy is a great place to stay, good wifi and Sky TV too!!

Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple

“Fantastic”
(CazHarnett, Bundaberg, Senior Reviewer)
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago  via mobile

Where to start? The hosts at Malfroy Motor Lodge were exceptional- they gave us great advice on places to go around Rotorua & they really made our stay in Rotorua really special. The room was beautiful, clean & warm. The Lodge itself is really well positioned though off the busy main roads. And it has a thermal pool….!

Stayed September 2014

“Absolutely fantastic experience”
(Katlee82, Rockhampton, Australia)
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago  

So friendly and helpful with not just accommodation but their knowledge of the area as well. The rooms were clean and private, with more than enough room and plenty of utensils in the kitchenette. The gardens, thermal pool and mineral pool were just spectacular especially at night all lit up. The owners went out of their way to make us feel welcome in Rotorua. I will be recommending it to anybody I know traveling in New Zealand

Stayed September 2014, travelled with friends

“Friendly and welcoming!”
(Tracy B, Maidstone, United Kingdom)
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago  via mobile

Was only going to stay for two days, but ended up being four! Very clean, the hosts very friendly with loads helpful information in the local area and afar, and to top that a mineral pool for the end of the evening after a long days sightseeing!

Stayed September 2014

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Latest Reviews, MALFROY Rotorua Accommodation, Mineral Pool

“Really good”
(NZCuz, Auckland, New Zealand)
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed for 2 nights as a group of four in a 2 bedroom apartment. Booked based on trip advisor reviews and wasn’t disappointed.

The owner clearly takes a lot of pride in the place. Room was spotless, had everything we needed. Would recommend this place over any of the mid-range hotels in Rotorua. It has a thermal pool about the size of a large spa, and then another pool about the size of 3 of 4 spa pools. You can use both pools at all hours which was great. The TV had sky, there was a decent heating system, towels were changed daily and beds made.

For the price I think it would be very hard to find anything better in Rotorua, would stay again.

“Excellent “home” in Rotorua”
(WineTraveller, Wilmington, Delaware)
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 September 2014

This was our home for four nights in Rotorua. And for four nights, Ron and Mairi (the owners) looked after us in a brilliant, warm, genuine manner to make sure that our visit there was as good as it could possibly be. In one situation, Ron even strongly suggested we NOT do an excursion we were considering as he felt it would not be to our interest (and on further consideration and investigation I have to agree he would have been correct if we HAD gone on it!). The rooms were extremely clean with all we needed. The beds were a bit firmer that we prefer but that is a purely personal preference – I have to say that if we return to Rotorua, the would be the first place we contacted for room availability.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family

“Super mineral pool”
(Melb1511, Brisbane, Australia)
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 28 August 2014

Extremely nice room, well equipped kitchen, nice bathroom, comfortable bed. The kitchen was quite large for a motel room and had everything you needed. The owners/managers were sensational and couldn’t help you enough with settling in. They made you feel valued and knew so much about what to see and do you didn’t need internet access although that was free, a big bonus. A shopping centre is a4 minute walk away and the main hub of the city is only a 5 minute drive. The motel has it’s own hot mineral pool which was awesome. No. 5 room was right in front of the entrance and I did find the noise from the traffic difficult to sleep over the 1st night but managed better the 2nd. I gave this rating based on all the other features and they are environmentally aware too.

Stayed August 2014, travelled solo

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A Glimpse of the Hobbiton

Find out why tourists flock this Rotorua attraction.

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