Smelly Rotorua

Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
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Trip End Mar 16, 2011


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Thursday, February 24, 2011

24TH FEBRUARY 2011 - We drive to Rotorua.  You know when you are here as it stinks like rotten eggs.  Its horrible but its Rotorua.  I am not sure why but Rotorua is New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination.  There is so many motels here to choose from.  We decide to stay at the Malone’s Motel.  We get to our room and we didn’t know it actually has a large spa bath - cool!  We have lunch in our room - salad and cheese sandwiches and Troy boils up some corn on the cobs.  After lunch we drive out to one of the Maori villages which wasn’t open during the day so we go to our trusty Lonely Planet guide.  LP tell us that the hangi at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village is Rotorua’s only genuine thermal hangi so that is where we are going.  We were told they only do lunch so we booked it for tomorrow.  NZ$59 for lunch, show and tour of the village so its pretty good we think.  We then went to Kuirau Gardens where we saw thermal hot pools and beautiful gardens with lots of butterflies.  Trying to photograph them isn’t easy - in front of you for one second and then gone the next --- reminds me of someone very special to us!!!  

We then went to Ohinemutu Village and Government Gardens.  We decided to go back to our motel and chill out and have pour a bubble bath and drink Baileys.  Dinner was a vegetable curry cooked in our room by Chef Yort.   
                                                                                 
25TH FEBRUARY 2011 -  After breakfast we headed for our tour at 10am at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village. (NZ$59 each).  Our guide took us through the village explaining its history and showing us lots of thermal pools.  Here they use some of the thermal pools for cooking hangi meals which is usually meats and vegetables. 
  
After our tour we saw a Maori show with village residents doing traditional singing and dancing.  Unfortunately the show was only about 1/2 hr so it went pretty quick.  Had photos with a cool Maori dude and Troy with a Maori lady.  After the show we headed down to Ned’s cafe which is still in the village and had a hangi lunch.  Lunch was chicken, corn beef, stuffing, corn, cabbage and kumara.  For dessert we had pudding with icecream and fruit salad.  It was nice but I thought it was going to be a banquet but I was wrong. After Iunch I had to buy a haka t-shirt. We left and drove the rest of the day to Waitomo caves. 
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