Rotorua – Waiotapu

Waiotapu means sacred waters in Mâori. Out of the many geothermal areas in Rotorua, we decided to visit Waiotapu as it was highly recommended amongst all the others. We booked a shuttle that picked us up from our hotel at around 9 am and headed towards Waiotapu which is about 26 kilometres or so from…

Rotorua – II

Rotorua Museum is housed in a bathhouse. The bathhouse was once a famous geothermal spa offering treatment to visitors from around the globe. The museum tour is relatively expensive (compared to a trip to the Auckland museum) and covers a guided tour of the bathhouse, a big section on Maori culture and two films of…

Rotorua – I

The volcanic landscape of New Zealand left me awe-struck when we did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and I wanted more of it. Obviously, the nearly eight hours walk over a very rough terrain (definitely by our standards) tested us to the extreme, but the spectacular views were the most memorable ones I have ever witnessed….