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Many people travel to Rotorua to enjoy some great parks, hot springs, and hiking, and stopping over for at least day or two in Rotorua is more than worthwhile if you're traveling through New Zealand's North Island region. Rotorua is one of New Zealand's more well-known travel destinations, and its most popular attractions include the Wai-O-Tapu and Te Puia. There's a lot more interesting things to see and do in Rotorua, so be sure check out this Rotorua travel guide in more detail.
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Rotorua is home to a large population of Maori. It also has a lot of geothermal pools eveywhere. and although the city smells of sulfur at times, you can really do a lot here. There's great hot spring spas to enjoy. You can get your own private hot spring pool for $10 30min. Bring a bottle of wine and relax.

Accommodations in Rotorua are petty inexpensive. I found a large cool hostel right in town that had private rooms w/ private bathrooms (small motel style room) for $25 dollars American. Very clean and the main house had a daily contiental breakfast along with lot's of books, games and a pool table.
The Maroi Museum, garden grounds and the hot springs were right across the street as well. The local pub a few blocks over has a great selection of tap beers and great food.

Spending time on a traditional Maori Village was a treat in deed. The meal that was cooked the old traditional way in steam pools and the Hangi (ground oven) was delicious. The village has it's own indigenous hand made goods, even an old tattooing shop and a beautiful Maori tribal house.


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Visit the Agrodome, great for kids and anyone who likes sheep and sheep dogs.  Inside the dome, many different types of sheep (live!) are lined up in a semi-circle on the stage.  Who knew there were so many different kinds? When the sheep dogs come in, they run around the semi-circle on the backs of the sheep.  Great fun!  You can see the dogs herd the sheep outside, too. 

Just down the road from the dome is the adventure sports part of the Agrodome.  You can bungee jump, Zorb, or take one of the zippy little speed boats.  The Zorb is a blast--a huge, transparent plastic ball that gets driven to the top of the hill and rolled down with you inside!!!  My 11-year-old and I laughed hysterically as we bounced ass over teakettle all the way down the hill.  Or try it with a little water inside the Zorb--that way, you stay level instead of rolling over with the ball.
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Really nice. Would definately reccomend The Luge as its great fun! Lots of restuarants but not very many bars. Ali babs does a nice kebab, you can actually get doner meat in there which is very rare in NZ! Accomodaton ranges from cheap motels with free wireless to standard 3 stars and then 4 and 5 star luxury hotels locate by the lake. The lake is formed from a crater ane there is a small volcanic island in the middle, very pretty :-)
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