Ron Laughlin The Ultimate New Zealand Travel Guide
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.Ron Laughlin The Ultimate New Zealand Travel Guide
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Coming from Auckland you will enter the Rotorua region on Route 5 at Ngongotaha and turn south with lake Rotorua to your left. This is the thermal hot pool area of New Zealand and one of the most exciting places in the world to explore. Don't hurry through. Try to see as much as you can.
The place we call home when here is at the Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park. They have all the accommodations available plus a cafe in the Park, free thermal pools, plus much. much more. They can help with information on the attractions and book them for you.
I recommend seeing the sheep show at the Agrodome. May not sound exciting but I still remeber it from first going there in 1989. You get to understand how sheep are so important to New Zealand. Also go to Rainbow Springs and the Kiwi Encounter and perhaps go zorbing.
One of he most important places to visit is Hell's Gate Thermo Reserve and the Wai-o-Tapu Thermo Wonderland. I never miss the Polynesian Pools.
Then top off the evening with a Maori Cultural Show & Hangi at Tamiki Village. You will get a good immersion into the Maori culture while in this area.
A drive to Lake Tarawera and a stop at the Buried Village if you can.
Stop by the Information Centre downtown and gather up the info you need if you haven't got it off the internet first.
Just be sure to allow time for this area. It is considered the top place to visit in the world and you will see why after the experience.