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Day Trips From Rotorua
The Best Places To Visit Within a 2½ Hour Drive
Day trips from Rotorua are a great way to see more without having to pack up every day and move on. Let's face it. Using Rotorua as a base is not a silly idea. It's central and there is so much to explore in the outlying areas.
Think, eating your lunch sitting high on top of a volcano, boogie boarding
the pearliest of waves, navigating the silken darkness of caves in a tube,
Numerous activities like these are within easy driving distance (up to 2½hrs) from Rotorua. If you prefer to take tours, those options are available too.
How about we get started with something of interest to Elvish fans? I know there's an awful lot of you judging by the tour buses I see most days.
A young friend of the family visited Hobbiton after seeing ALL the
movies. She then kindly wrote an article for Rotorua Travel Secrets
What she had to say: "A Hobbiton tour is bliss for
diehard LOTR fans and everyone else too... including those who haven’t
seen the movies." Hobbition Tour ≫ 50mins from Rotorua
Waitomo Black Water Rafting, Caving etc.
I tripped over to Waitomo (it's a tiny little town cum village) to check out the Black Water Rafting and had a lot of fun. You can try the rafting (it's actually a tyre tube), dry cave walks, abseiling canyoning (I don't know what the difference is) and boat rides.
Each business providing tours uses one particular cave and they're all unique. Some people do the lot. Waitomo Black Water Rafting ≫ 2hrs from Rotorua
Isn't it the way that thoughts can be worse than the actual doing? Find out more about this and what you can expect to see and do when taking on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The logistics of managing this as day trip from Rotorua is covered off too. Happy hiking.
The Mount Maunganui walking tracks, whether it's from the exertion
of climbing or the stunning scenery, tend to leave one breathless.
Pristine white sands? Tick. The requisite turquoise sea? Tick. Ho hum,
how boring huh? Not even!
Coming up I will cover off places like Huka Falls with the Jet and Prawn Park, Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park and day trips to White Island off the coast of the Bay of Plenty. Whew, there's still a lot to do.
While waiting for more day trips from Rotorua check out:
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