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Rotorua Travel Secrets
Navigate Rotorua's attractions, eateries and more with inside help — shh!
Rotorua, located in New Zealand, is a remarkable city. Earth-shaking geysers and refreshing lakes. Porridge-like mud pools and soothing forests. Extreme contrasts like these are a constant source of amazement for our visitors. The downside? Decisions, decisions. It's tough figuring out what to include when planning a visit.
Told you we have mud, this is Cameron's Laughing Gas Pool at Sulphur Bay
Designed with that in mind, Rotorua Travel Secrets (aka Karen Shelford) is here to help make this process easier . Give me your hand (or eyes in this instance) and I'll take you through our attractions... and the hidden gems visitors usually miss. Want to know where to shop, eat, sleep? That's covered too. Sound ok?
With that said, Kia Ora (hello) and welcome to your insider's guide to Rotorua, New Zealand's premiere volcanic playground.
We have been voted the most beautiful city in New Zealand, seven times
in the history of the award. The most recent was in 2012.
That says a lot about the care people are putting into this
city. Yay, go us.
you are contemplating a visit to our city, I am sure you will find
something that seduces you into wanting to stay... just that little bit
longer… if not permanently.
Favourite pastimes? Spine-tingling activities to get the adrenalin going. Check out the mountain biking. Trees rush up pretty fast on some of our tracks - ask me, I know. Don't worry,
not everything is hair-raising. There's a lot to see and do
where you don't have to put life and limb on the line.
Rotorua is built on a caldera so you will learn about volcanology and Mount Tarawera, the local volcano that last erupted in 1886. Thermal? We've got thermal coming out of our ears.
I could go on and on... and I will in the pages to come.
you can see, there is a wide range of activities and things to see that should cater to all tastes.
the meantime? Well, I'll be out and about pounding the pavements,
eating at the restaurants and cafes, revisiting various attractions and
hassling my friends for even more great things to share with you.
"We are a family of four from Sydney Australia and love nature - bush to beach. We love your website and found your tips on things to do in Rotorua very valuable - exactly what we look for in destinations." Anita —Sydney
"Thank you Karen! I think you site is wonderful. We followed your ideas today for blue lake and green lake, and went to the Landing Cafe first, brilliant we would have missed Lake Tarawera otherwise and it is so beautiful and peaceful." Rosie
"Thank you for your prompt response. I have managed to get a great deal through 'book me', so once again thank you so much. Great service. " :-) Chris
"Awesome website all about Rotorua. Well done Karen Shelford." Amiria Tomoana - Global Traveller
"Yes, really worthwile information for those visiting Rotorua. Take it from someone who used it. Thank you, so much easier." Karen Hubbard - Sydney, Australia
your website is the best resource for planning a trip there that I have
encountered! It answers all of the questions you end up having after
reading other sites, and presents information in such a clear and
concise way. ... wish I'd encountered your site before printing off reams of info that will probably be whittled down to one page. ... hope the local government and tourism people realise what a great asset and ambassador they have in you! :P" Vicky Fairchild - Auckland, New Zealand