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TheTop ten reasons to visit Rotorua - If you live in the northern hemisphere it's a long, long way to New Zealand and Rotorua, right? Thousands of miles in fact. And it sure would cost a lot of money to visit us wouldn't it?
So what exactly could I say that would entice you to spend all those dollars and travel all those miles to come here? Hmmm.
I'm asking is that I've been challenged to do this very thing, come up
with a list of reasons.
Ok, I'm up for it, I'll have a go on the proviso
that you let me know if I've done enough. Deal? Ok, let's go.
The Top Ten Reasons to Visit Rotorua...
1. It's the cultural stronghold in New Zealand
Yes, and we can back this up with stats too. Māori culture, along with the thermal activity, oozes out of every pore in this city.
Look for it in the architecture - even as far back as the early 1900s -
and in the colours and shapes of our buildings. (Clue: Look for the
earth tones) Sometimes we get it wrong but on the whole the buildings
See our culture everywhere, even on the sides of public toilets - Top Ten Reasons To Visit Rotorua
It's in the people
too. Māori people in Rotorua celebrate their culture, it's who we are so
it's very natural but I do have to add, it's not limited to māori. A
lot of people in Rotorua rely on Tourism to make a living so māori culture
has become a way of life for numerous ethnicities. Actually, we're quite
the little melting pot.
2. The core for all things geothermal
Oh yes, we can't leave this baby out. We've got a heap of thermal
delights in and around Rotorua and they're all unique (I know because I
visited every single one).
For us it's normal to be living in amongst
this seething cauldron of volcanic activity but it blows visitors away -
figuratively speaking of course.
Trip over thermal activity
3. A Lakes District? That we are.
We've got lakes aplenty around Rotorua, about sixteen I think I saw
somewhere. Fishermen will think they've died and gone to heaven. Water
enthusiasts think so too. Jet-skiing, recreational boating, SUP (Stand
Up Paddle Boarding), kayaking, canoeing, picnics, bbqs, oh and swimming
There are warm lakes (Lake Tarawera), freezing lakes (Lake
Tikitapu), hot lakes (Fying Pan Lake) and then there are the settings
for the lakes. Hmm, the word stunning springs to mind. Lol, do you thing
I'm a tad one-eyed?
Yes, it's all about lifestyle in Rotorua. As well as māori culture we've
got an outdoors culture which is why a lot of people end up moving
here. Sometimes you see more bikes on the back of cars than people in
them... I know, very strange.
Ok, Waitomo is a 2hr drive away but I think this caving pic perfectly illustrates our adventurous side. We like to scare ourselves silly at times. My daughter Elise and I
5. Compact and cosy
Rotorua is located in a caldera so where the city is located it's relatively
flat. We're surrounded by
hills and I guess that's where the cosy feel comes from. The Central Business District (CBD) is laid out in a grid shape
and you could walk from one end to the other in about 15min. Getting to the majority of attractions would take you all of 5 - 20mins.
6. A central location
Rotorua is in the middle of the North Island. Now
we know that the lakes - which leave you feeling fresh and squeaky clean
after a swim - are close, but did you also know that sun, sand and ultra cool
surf beaches are only 40min away. Mmm, lake or beach, decisions,
My brother and his wife kicking back at the beach one Christmas
A 2½hr drive will having you skiing on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, or you might like to throw in a hike on Mt Tongariro. There's Waitomo for caving, Taupo
for rainbow trout fishing, Whakatane for swimming with dolphins, Napier for wine-making, the Ureweras for lakes and rugged
beauty and they're all within shouting distance of us... or nearly.
We're within 3hrs of Auckland
city, a major gateway for overseas visitors and an hour from the Port of
Tauranga where the cruise ships stop off. See, we're close to all of this. Incredible really.
7. Renowned for being the most beautiful city in NZ
won the award for this competition six times in it's 11yr history.
Cobble-stoned paths and crossings blend in with various colonial buildings and
the gardens around the inner city are commented on far and wide. People
love coming here for the tulips each year.
People so look forward to seeing the tulips - Top Ten Reasons To Visit Rotorua
At one time the city
looked, I hate to say it - drab. Gobs of ground in chewing gum were a common sight on cracked, tar sealed footpaths, and trees lining the streets would be cut back to ugly knobs
for the winter. Apart from the Government Gardens there was nothing to
speak of in the way of flowers in the inner city.
Thank goodness we had
some forward thinking people who took on the challenge to change this.
Now, people from all over the world enjoy our
colourful flowers and native plantings. Looking forward to the next
seasons plantings is a popular topic for discussion too. If you're stopped at some of the
traffic lights you can
often get whiffs of strongly perfumed flowers. Wonderful.
8. World renowned for our spa facilities
According to Condē Naast
Traveller that is. The Polynesian Spa won an award for being a Top 10 in
the World Day Spa Resort.
Heck, never mind the spas, just having a soak in thermal waters is the best ever experience. Any stress and
tension in the body just fades away as you enter the zone of zen.
9. Great for families
Children love Rotorua. I had my 8yr old niece
Natalia visiting and took her to Rainbow Springs to see the trout,
kiwis and other wildlife, also to ride the Big Splash, she loved it so
much we went around three times and still she wanted more.
luging, first time she wasn't too sure about it, squealing and braking all the way down the hill. Next time? Oh yes, she's got it sussed. The look was set and determined and it was no holds barred, all
the way. Same again though, she wanted more.
That's probably the biggest problem parents will have. More, more, more.
My niece on her second time down the track . Tell you what, it's really hard to take photos and try to steer a luge with one hand at the same time -
There are so many things
for families to enjoy in Rotorua and they don't all cost, sometimes the
simple things are best with children aren't they? Kuirau Park is great
for a freebie, and the Lakefront with the Volcanic Playground. The
museum quite often has very interesting activities to keep little hands
10. Majorly event laden
Phew, I don't think it will be too long before we
become the event capital of New Zealand. Just about every week it seems like the city is buzzing with one or more major events taking
place. Cultural performing arts, multi-sports, bike festivals, walking
festivals and more, with colourful names like Matatini, Raggamuffin,
Exterra, Cateye Moonride and Rotorua Taupo Flyer. There's many, many
When we get the odd weekends with not too much
happening it can feel strange, like the city has nodded off for a bit - recharging the batteries for the next onslaught.
I love the horse on this sign, he looks so nosy - Top Ten Reasons To Visit Rotorua
Ok, how did I do? Are you enticed at all, even a teeny, weeny bit? Leave a comment down below if you are... and if you weren't. :(
Rotorua IS a great place to visit for anybody and hopefully we'll see you here sometime.
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