Fallacies about Rotorua – A somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at the smell, food, prices and length of stay with more being added as they come up.
Puleeze. That's my town you're talking about. ;) Yes I know it's not really a fallacy but, if you've lived here for any extended period of time it would be. There is nothing quite like arriving home and being greeted by tendrils of sulphur wafting up the nose. Home sweet home. ;)
Another good thing is, you can pass wind (to be polite) and blame it on the Rotorua sulphur.
Wrong. This is one of those fallacies about Rotorua that seems to come up time and again. So many visitors don't realise how much there is to see and do. They arrive for their standard one day then kick themselves and wish they had allotted more time.
Even a week wouldn't be long enough I would think.
Rotorua is central and can easily be used as a base for getting out to
surrounding areas like Whakatane, Taupo, Waitomo, Tauranga and Hamilton
for example. Travelling this way you don't have to worry about packing
up the bags every day.
Mmm, I have to say that I do balk at some of the prices and that's not putting them down at all. I don't know what's involved in the costings and profit margins of the various businesses so don't presume to. I suppose we've all got this 'gut feeling' that pops up when we're getting into uncomfortable territory and make our decisions based on that.
Tourist attractions are perceived like that all over
though. I know when I travel (especially if it's to the other ends of
the earth) I will research the heck out of a place to decide what I want
to do, where I'm willing to compromise, if and how I can get a discount
or whether it's something I want to do at all costs and then I budget
I've been visiting a lot of the attractions while building this website so I use GrabOne a lot and quite often get 50% plus off. They have great deals for attractions, food, accommodation and other miscellaneous things.
Check out the daily deals for Rotorua & Taupo. You can alter the filters to include New Zealand or other areas if that's preferable.
Tamaki Māori Village, White Water
Rafting and Sledging, Waitomo Black Water Tubing, Duck Tours and
Agroventures are some examples of deals I have managed to grab. If you
do look at GrabOne, sign up about 2mths out from your trip to be
notified of deals by email and see what comes up.
are so many attractions here it's a very competitive market. You can
also find combos and deals on various attraction websites, at the local
iSite (info centre) and also at your accommodation if you wait that
I totally beg to differ on this one. It may have been correct in the past but not anymore. By world standards I think Rotorua is right up there. A number of local businesses have gained international recognition which supports this.
Along with New Zealand/European cuisine we have Latin American, Mexican, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Turkish and probably more I can't think of right now.
Numerous cafes, restaurants, fine dining opportunities, bakeries, pubs and takeaways are sprinkled throughout the city. My dining guide may be a good place to start.
Like most tourist destinations we kind of get caught between a rock
and hard place with this one. Saying we're a tourist trap sounds like a
person has no choice about what they want to see and do, or do they
mean the experience didn't measure up to the dollars invested?
Probably that one huh? (see above re discounts)
I have to say, I haven't had a bad experience here yet and the businesses offered value for money. When I've paid a visit to various attractions, I haven't mentioned having this website or that I will be writing about my experiences. I feel a bit mean about that actually. On the whole I've found the operators professional, extremely helpful and passionate about what they do. I do go though, with the express intention of having myself a great time and to learn lots. Maybe that helps.
Can you add anything further to this Fallacies About Rotorua section? Then let's see if we can dispel them huh?