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All About Me ...Rotorua Travel Secrets
Kia Ora, hello and welcome to this page that's supposed to be All About Me.
Let me begin by introducing you to some of the whanau (family). We were playing with the time delay on a camera one Christmas in this pic.
Rear left begins with my mum Mavis, nephew James with the dog Koosh who has sadly passed away since, sister-in-law Linda, her mum Rose and my daughter Elise.
Front row features one of my brothers by the name of Dean (he's the mouthy one in the family), me and then my niece Kerry.
kind of spooky how things begin to happen once a decision is made isn't
it? Like when I decided to create this website about Rotorua.
seems like everything just fell into place. I began attracting people,
information, ideas, it's all been coming at me left, right and centre.
am in one of the local Toastmaster groups and one of the ladies there
by the name of Julie is a docent (that's the politically correct term
for a professional museum guide) at the Rotorua Museum of Art And
Knowing that I have recently finished work as a
police officer she is bound and determined to fill my time up - grrr.
She asked if I would be interested in training to be a docent so I said
yes, thinking I could learn more about Rotorua for my website. I know,
it's all about me… but that's part of my plan because it's all about you
too. We both win, how's that?
What I am getting the most
out of this training is an even deeper appreciation for Rotorua. I love
this town to bits as it is and am always spouting off about the virtues. Like the biking and walking, the lakes etc so I can see me becoming
unbearable with all this new-found knowledge. I am absolutely fascinated
with what I am learning and hopefully I can pass this fascination on to
As a little example, now I really, really, REALLY
know that I am living smack-dab on top of a volcano. Yep, you read that
right. And I don't know if it's a good thing or not knowing that. I
think with being born here and growing up here you just know this stuff
so you don't get the... I don't know the word to describe it, maybe the
realness of it. We're blase about it, that's probably better. I mean,
it's normal for me to be walking in amongst bubbling hot mud pools but
now I'm aware that it's not for most people.
What a hoot, I just realised that I paid thousands of dollars to go to
Italy to climb Mt Vesuvius - that's my daughter Elise on Mt Vesuvius -
and here I am sitting on top of and surrounded by volcanoes galore in
Rotorua. For free. Don't let that put you off coming though, we're not
likely to blow up any time soon and it's so gorgeous here it would be a
shame to miss it. Really!
Rotorua is THE tourist mecca in New Zealand. In fact
this was where New Zealand tourism began back in the 1800's. That's one
of the things I learned in my docent training so it's already coming in
The more I am delving for my website the more I
am wanting to know in order to pass it on. It MUST add to the value a
person gets out of a trip wouldn't you think? It's like my ears are
hyper-sensitive now. Every little tidbit I get I am filing it away in my
head until I can get to my laptop.
I do hope that you get
a lot out of visiting my site and when you actually come visit, who
knows, we may very well run into each other. If you're out in the forest
or visit the museum watch out for the tall, skinny person wearing
glasses, that'll be me and I would love to meet you to say hello.
PS. If you are coming soon and want to know anything about Rotorua in advance please feel free to use my Contact Me page with your query.
"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