Sights & landmarks in Rotorua

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  • Harikoa
    1 contribution
    We had the most amazing time. Every moment was truly enjoyable & the hosts who shared their knowledge of Māori history & culture were not only enlightening & educational but also heart warming & hilarious. We were blown away by the level of talent displayed throughout the night through song, dance & demonstrations. The opportunity to interact with games in the beautiful village setting at night was so much cooler than we expected. This is definitely something to do with your whole family.
    Written 17 August 2021
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  • reneexl
    Invercargill, New Zealand63 contributions
    Loved this very informative with a guide. It was amazing learning the history of Māori right down to carving and weaving, the work that goes into it all was unreal! The geysers were cool to look at and lying on the heated rock was something different! We finished off our tour with steamed pudding. Would come and do again.
    Written 9 May 2022
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  • Jamoz23
    Brisbane, Australia371 contributions
    We loved the fact that people actually live and work in this village.
    Enjoyed the show put on.
    Make sure you go and do the boardwalk through the geothermal site down the bottom, well worth the walking involved.
    Written 14 April 2022
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  • Tim E
    Auckland Central, New Zealand105 contributions
    We visited 3D Trick Art Gallery while staying in Rotorua and enjoyed all the fun 3D pictures where you can become part of the picture. The only thing we didn't like was there were a lot of people and pushing in front so we missed a few photo spots. Need to send people through at 10 minute intervals and tell them that they only have a 10 minute start on the next. Otherwise, it was fun and we got some really cool photos
    Written 5 February 2022
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  • GinaDig
    166 contributions
    This was a veritable cat fest!! Never seen so many cats in one place!!
    We have been to several cat cafes around the world and this would rate among the best.
    So many beautiful cats.
    Be aware of Mini who likes to chew on your fingers & look for little Luna who is a Laperm/Munchkin cross. She’s adorable.
    Even my 17 yr old son loved this experience.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • Sandra
    Kerikeri, New Zealand1 contribution
    What an awesome facility this is and it must have been so hard during lockdown and traffic light restrictions to just keep going.
    Very clean and tidy facilities with a large auditorium to entertain the visitors.
    We were only a small crowd today but a very appreciative one. The kids had a ball and audience participation was a lot of fun.
    Highlights were pretty much everything on offer and who knew we had so many different breeds of sheep in NZ
    Thank you Scott, you are hilarious and we enjoyed the show very much. Get out there fellow kiwis and tour your own backyard.
    Written 27 April 2022
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  • Robyn G
    Raglan, New Zealand90 contributions
    The museum is currently closed but there is plenty to see around the gardens. It's a nice place for a pleasant stroll, and the Rachel Spring Whangapipiro is an interesting hot spring to check out (from a safe distance).
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • SharonWindust
    Auckland, New Zealand223 contributions
    A great block of eateries and pubs, plenty to choose from in an awesome setting down by the lake. A place to peruse, eat, drink, socialise and be.
    Written 14 May 2022
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  • Stopticklingmeplease
    Whanganui, New Zealand143 contributions
    Came here with two friends to have a look around the buried village and have a scone and drink. We haven’t been out here since we were kids so it was rather nice to have a look at the museum and a walk around.
    It is a little pricey but I think for something that is so unusual it’s worth it.
    Written 9 January 2021
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  • Robyn G
    Raglan, New Zealand90 contributions
    This is maybe my favourite place to explore in Rotorua. I parked by the lakefront and walks to Ohinemutu, a short 10 minute walk. St Faith's church was closed due to covid restrictions but there was plenty of other things to see, including the beautiful cemetery, the statue of Queen Victoria, boiling water, and a lake inlet with clouds of water vapour gliding across the water. It's a very peaceful, beautiful place.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • Wendy and Albie N
    Auckland, New Zealand159 contributions
    This is a quaint little church adorned throughout with significant Maori carvings, on the edge of Lake Rotorua, and adjacent to the Ohinemutu Marae and thermal hot pools [take care].
    You may be able to enter the church and see the sandblasted window with Christ walking on the lake, and/or view the whole Church from the outside
    We are fortunate to have had several family events inside this Church over 45 years, and are thankful that the clergy and custodians allow this and welcome us back.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Rebecca
    Hawera, New Zealand24 contributions
    Great place to start our Rotorua adventure. Even though a little wet weather, we put on the raincoat and off we went. We only made it to 3 rings in, we just couldn't find an opening. We did have fun at the giant games, battleship and seeing the bunnies. Was a little busy with the school holiday kids, but otherwise good.
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Stewarts Vacation
    472 contributions
    We started the walk from the Lake Front which added a fair distance before we reached the geotherml area. It is a pleasant enough walk along the lake side, round Hatupatu Drive car park at the point, but it does at least a half hour extra. As a result we stopped the walk just in front of the Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel. I believe the walk continues to the Puarenga Stream.
    It would be better to park along Hatupatu Drive and start closer to Sulphur Point. The path is clear and it is an easy level walk. It is an interesting and different geothermal area to explore. Free!
    Written 8 March 2022
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  • June S
    Singapore504 contributions
    We were looking for more encounters with animals during our 6 day driving trip in North Island NZ, but found very little, until I chance upon this farm 16 mins outside Rotorua City Centre. At first I couldnt book a farm tour on their site, so I emailed and Sue replied to my delight. She was absolutely wonderful, patiently answering all our tonnes of questions. We walked Zambezi and Ronaldo, two adult males. They were gentle and very calm. The farm has been operating for 20 yrs and has 85 alpacas. They breed once a year and gestation is 9 mths. They get sheared once a yr in Oct. Sounds so blissly!! Its hard not to fall in love with these beautiful , gentle animals who makes the most endearing whimpering noises. A truly enjoyable educational tour for both young and ‘ young at heart’
    Written 25 August 2019
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  • ST23
    Meridian, ID461 contributions
    Spent the afternoon learning about the local culture. Walked the grounds, saw a dance demonstration, had a delicious lunch onsite. The history and culture is very interesting and well worth the admission price. Plan to spend 2-4 hours to fully enjoy all that this place has to offer.
    Written 29 February 2020
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