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ROTORUA / BAY OF PLEN NTY Y / WAIKATO MONTHLY

VISITOR’S GUIDE FREE | JAN 2017

ACTION & ADVENTURE – IT’S ALL HERE WHAT’S ON | ACTIVITIES | CAFE & RESTAURANTS DIRECTORY ROTORUA • WHAKATANE • HAMILTON • CAMBRIDGE • TIRAU • TAUPO • TURANGI RO

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WHAT’S ON IN

ROTORUA

SATURDAY 14 – SUNDAY 15 JANUARY BAYLEYS NATIONAL SEVENS VS BAY OF PLENTY New Zealand’s top provincial rugby teams will compete over the weekend to be crowned the 2017 national Champions. Food outlets, entertainment and a kids area along with the country’s top sevens stars will make for a great festival weekend of sevens rugby. 10.00am – 4.00pm International Stadium, Devon Street West, Rotorua. FRIDAY 20 JANUARY

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EVERY THURSDAY ROTORUA NIGHT MARKET This is a must do while in Rotorua – an event for locals and visitors alike, its family friendly with freat food, music and boutique stalls. 5.30pm – 8.00pm in the “Heart of Tutanekai Street” (between Haupapa and Hinemoa Street). EVERY SATURDAY KUIRAU PARK Come and enjoy the colourful stalls and goods, ranging from arts and crafts, wood, clothing, souvenirs, plants, pre-loved goods and much more. 7.00am – 1.00pm, Kuirau park – corner of Ranolf Street and Lake Road, Rotorua

Enjoy all the action of Superstocks and Ministocks at Paradise Valley Raceway. Racing starts at 7.00pm, 105 Paradise Valley Road, Rotorua. SATURDAY 28 – SUNDAY 29 JANUARY ROTORUA A & P SHOW The classic Kiwi experience! Featuring all things equestrian, cattle, alpacas, goats, miniature horses, donkeys, western riding events, wood chopping competitions, highland dancing and so much more. Enjoy food and trade sites, and lots of entertainment to keep the children happy. A&P Showgrounds, 141 Western Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua SUNDAY 29 JANUARY

EVERY SUNDAY

ROTORUA SUMMER SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

ROTORUA FARMERS MARKET

Seafood. Summer. Celebration. Everything you love about the summertime. Indulge in the variety of delicious seafood on offer paired with a glass of exquisite New Zealand wine. Enjoy an exciting line-up of local musical talent and relax beside the stunning Lake Rotorua.

A mainly fresh food market with local farmers and specialty food producers selling home grown produce and value added food and plant products direct to customers. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride to the market where there is plenty of bike parking available. 9.00am – 1.00pm City Focus Rotorua (intersection of Tutanekai and Hinemoa Streets).

11am – 4pm, Soundshell and Village Green, Memorial Drive Rotorua SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY

EVERY SUNDAY

SUMMER CUP MTB SERIES

SOUNDSHELL MARKET Enjoy browsing a range of outdoor stalls right in the Lakefront, Rotorua. Featuring crafts, curios, collectables and antiques, jewellery, clothing, tools, woodware, greenstone, wooden carvings and much more.

Challenge yourself on some of the best trails New Zealand has to offer! The 2017 series will be three distances – with short 10-15, mid 20-30 and the long 30-45 kilometres being run on big laps.

9.00am – 3.00pm Memorial Drive, Rotorua

9am – 1pm, Waipa Mill Road, Rotorua

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SUMMER SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

SUPERSTOCK CHAMPS


WHAT’S ON IN WHAKATANE CAMBRIDGE MATAMATA, TIRAU

SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY JAZZ IN THE PARK Bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy the music or dance the night away to a live jazz band at the Whakatane Gardens, 5.00pm – 8.00pm SATURDAY 18 – SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY SUNSHINE ON A PLATE FOOD FESTIVAL Enjoy the week long “Sunshine on a Plate” food festival in Whakatane, celebrating summer’s bounty and local delicacies with friends and family. Enjoy cooking lessons, demonstrations, dining experiences and competitions. CAMBRIDGE

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ALL MONTH

SATURDAY 7 & 21 JANUARY

MAUNGATAUTARI MOUNTAIN

OHOPE CRAFT MARKET One of the Bay of Plenty’s biggest and most vibrant markets with local crafts, food, plants and produce. Held every two weeks over the summer months. 8.00am, Bluett Road, Ohope. SATURDAY 14 JANUARY WHAKATANE BERRYTOWN FESTIVAL Fun for all the family, with lots of crafts, curios, food and entertainment. 9.00am – 3.00pm kaharoa Drive, Whakatane.

A mature native forest home to som eon NZ’s rarest native birds. Kaka, hihi, takahe, giant weta and popokatea inhabit the 3400ha pest-free mountain reserve south of Cambridge. MONDAY 30 JANUARY CRAFT FAIR Around 100 stall holders from all over the country showcasing NZ made products. St Andrews Anglican Church, 85 Hamilton Road. 9.00am – 2.00pm. MATAMATA ALL MONTH

SUNDAY 22 JANUARY

WAIRERE FALLS

ARTHOUSE MARKET Whakatane Society of Arts & Crafts is holding a unique market day, selling only quality, locally hand produced arts & crafts. Short Street, Whakatane

In the beautiful Kaimai Ranges, the two section walk wends through groves of native trees and provides spectacular views of the falls and district. Start at Goodwin Road, off Te Aroha-Okauia Road

SATURDAY 28 JANUARY

TIRAU

OPOTIKI LANTERN FESTIVAL

ALL MONTH

Now in its fifth year, the festival has fast become a must-do Kiwi summer event. This awesome festival is packed with great New Zealand musical talent and a great, family friendly vibe. 4.00pm – 10.00pm Princess Street Reserve, Opotiki

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Nine holes of golf in the midst of stunning NZ countryside, with hot pools to soak in after your round. Club hire available. 18 Sommerville Road, RD2, Tirau.

OHOPE CRAFT MARKET

OPOTIKI LANTERN FESTIVAL

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WHAT’S ON IN

HAMILTON

TAUPO / TURANGI ALL MONTH SUMMER CRUISES Relaxing scenic cruises with spectacular river and city views. All Waikato River Explorer cruises depart the Hamilton Gardens River Jetty. Every day except Friday. EXPLORE HAMILTON GARDENS Grab a kid’s bingo activity sheet and match the mysterious shapes hidden in Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive. Hunt for clues in the enclosed specialty gardens, including the Chinese Scholar’s Garden and Chinoiserie Garden. SUMMER SUNDAYS GOURMET IN THE GARDENS Enjoy family evenings in the sun, with Waikato cuisine and music, on the Rhododendron Lawn beside Turtle Lake. 4.00pm – 8.00pm summer Sundays at international awardwinning Hamilton Gardens. FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY THE WINERY TOUR

Celebrate the Kiwi summer, with outstanding music and great wine in an idyllic outdoor venue. Featuring Brook Fraser, Bic Runga and Benny Tipene . 5.00pm – 10.00pm, Mystery Creek Winery, 227 Mystery Creek Road, Hamilton.

BLACKCAPS VS AUSTRALIA Experience all the drama, stadium buzz, costumes and the dad catch from the crowd. International cricket at its best. Seddon Park.

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2017 EPIC SWIM A recreational open water swimming event staged in conjunction with the NZ Open Water Championships. Take the opportunity to swim alongside some of NZ’s best open water swimmers and enjoy the idyllic setting of Lake Taupo. SATURDAY 28 & SUNDAY 29 JANUARY TAUPO HISTORIC GP

SUNDAY 29 JANUARY THUNDER ON THE GREAT LAKE Enjoy the first round of the 2017 NZ Offshore Powerboat Champs on Lake Taupo. Main race will start at 12.30pm, with two half hour races. 10.00am – 5.00pm at Lake Taupo. SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY WAITANGI – TUWHARETOA KI PUKAWA FESTIVAL Enjoy a family friendly festival acknowledging New Zealand’s national celebration. Activities on offer throughout the day include multi-cultured food stalls, waka ama coastguard boat rides, games & spot prizes 12.00pm – 5.00pm, Pukawa Lakefront Reserve. FRIDAY 10 – SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY MOTOTT MotoTT is sure to cater for your level of comfort – whether it’s your first time on the track or you’ve done a few track days before. On a circuit with other entrants that care as much about their vehicles and safety as you do, you’ll be in good company and enjoy an exhilarating blast on the track! 7.30am – 4.30pm Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo SATURDAY 11 – SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY ANTIQUE FAIR

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SATURDAY 14 & SUNDAY 15 JANUARY

The Taupo Historic GP commemorates the 50th anniversary of Denny Hulmes world title with the first ever visit to NZ of Formula One cars from the 1960s and ‘70s. 9.00am – 5.00pm Bruce McLaren Motorsports Park, 463 Broadlands Road, Taupo.

HAMILTON

2017 EPIC SWIM

TAUPO

SUMMER CRUISES

Enjoy a quality antique fair, with all items for sale including quality antique furniture, vintage tools, quality china, linen, crystal, art, glass and silver, clocks, books, jewellery (vintage and modern), collectables, vintage and much more. 10.00am – 4.00pm Great Lake Centre, Taupo

THUNDER ON THE GREAT LAKE


KAITIAKI ADVENTURES

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aitiaki Adventures is locally owned and operated, specializing in whitewater rafting and sledging down the amazing waterways surrounding Rotorua, primarily on the iconic Okere section of the Kaituna Roiver and the powerful Wairoa River. Kaitiaki Adventures are the only culturally infused white water specialists incorporating Maori culture into each individual excursion, giving visitors a true, unique to New Zealand experience. Rafting from the very top of the Grade 5 Okere section of the Kaituna, Kaitiaki Adventures ensure that safty is of the utmost importance with multiple safety briefings delivered in their unique Kaitiaki way, ensuring each customer feels safe before embarking on their Grade 5 Rafting adventure. At the waters edge, they deliver a Maori Karakia (prayer) gifted to them

from the local Maori people of Ngati Hinerangi and Ngati Hinekuri, where they pay respect to the environment and the local people whose home was based around the river. Once on the river, visitors are guided through 14 rapids, 3 waterfalls and the amazing 7 metre high Tutea Falls – the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall. Kaitiaki Adventures are New Zealand’s original white water sledging specialists, since 1989 and there is something for everyone on this beautiful scenic excursion. Play holes and awesome rapids to negotiate your way through as you are in charge of your own vessel. Take the

river on at eye level and propel yourself through the water by the flippers on your feet. Qualified guides are there to encourage, motivate and help you where necessary. This is a white water adrenaline junkies dream down a Grade 3 section of the Kaituna River. Transport is included to and from Rotorua central accommodation and from the city’s information centre. Experience the Kaitiaki difference today! For more information visit kaitiaki.co.nz

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LIFE AMONGST THE STEAM AND HOT POOLS

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otorua is a place where steam rises from cracks in the pavement, where mud plops and bubbles, hot water springs simmer underwater and geysers gush from rocks. This is the environment in which the people of Tuhourangi / Ngati Wahiao still live today, at Whakarewarewa – The Living Thermal Village, where they have lived for generations, hosting visitors since the early 1800s. Maori who settled in Rotorua set up their villages amongst the geothermal features, using the natural resource to cook food and for bathing. They learnt very early on about the healing powers of geothermal waters and mud. Visitors have flocked to Rotorua since the nineteenth century to see these geothermal wonders and it became the

birthplace of tourism in New Zealand with local Maori, the people of Te Arawa, taking on the role of guides. At Whakarewarewa Village you can enjoy the hospitality of the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people and gain an insight, through the stories of their

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Maori welcome, enjoying a world famous haka and the warmth of Maori waiata (song) that tell the legends and stories of the ancestors. And make sure you finish your tour of the village with a traditional Maori feast, a hangi, cooked in the traditional way using geothermal energy. If you want the full story of the Tuhourangi people, take the Tarawera Legacy tour and visit

Te Wairoa – The Buried Village and Rotorua Museum, following the path of this Maori tribe from their arrival in Rotorua, through the devastating eruption of Mount Tarawera, before meeting descendents of the survivors of the eruption at the village. Other packages are also on offer and you can find out more by going to the website (www.whakarewarewa.com)

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otorua is a place where you can enjoy many unique experiences and one of the more recent additions to the city’s tourism offering is RailCruising. It’s a world first self-drive excursion which enables you to experience the joys of running a railway in your very own fully automated petrol/electric hybrid four seater rail car. You’ll travel along a railway line through the Rotorua countryside. It’s a great experience to share with family and friends and popular with clubs and community groups, with many combining RailCruising with lunch or dinner afterwards at the old Mamaku Railway Station. Based just outside Rotorua, RailCruising excursions depart from Mamaku Railway Station at set times daily. The rail cars are designed to keep

riders warm and dry regardless of the weather outside. The journey is 19lm return through beautiful Dansey Scenic Reserve and rolling farmlands overlooking Lake Rotorua. During the 1940s the railway lines you’ll travel during your rail cruise were at the heart of a thriving forestry industry, No longer used by trains, it is now leased to the owners of Rail Riders who developed the RailCrusing tourist attraction. You’ll learn more about the railway line’s history and its place in this part of the country in days gone by during your cruise.

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Groups of RailCruisers depart one after the other, travelling from Mamaku Railway Station to Tarukenga Railway station where you’ll turn around and head back, listening to audio commentary. It’s very safe. You’ll get a briefing before you head off and there’s an onboard computer controlling the RailCruisers speed – at certain points you’ll automatically slow down or speed up. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view. Check out www.railcruising.com find out more about this unique experience.

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ERUPTION CREATES NEW GEOTHERMAL FEATURES

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he youngest geothermal ecosystem in the world, at Waimangu, south of Rotorua, was created as a result of the Tarawera eruption. Here you can take a self-guided walk or a guided eco tour and incorporate a cruise on Lake Rotomahana, where the famous pink and white terraces were before the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera which destroyed them and created new geothermal springs. The valley is a protected wildlife refuge, home to large numbers of birds. From the visitor centre you can take in the panoramic views of the valley and Mt Tarawera and marvel at nature’s creation. Before the eruption of 1886 the valley had no surface geothermal activity but the eruption tore open craters, destroying plant,

animal and bird life and creating new formations such as Frying Pan Lake, Cathedral Rocks and multi-coloured silica terraces. If you’re planning to take your time wandering the valley take a snack with you and make sure you’re wearing shoes suitable for walking. There’s a bus you can catch at the

jetty if you don’t fancy walking all the way back and you can incorporate a boat ride which will take you to the site of the pink and white terraces, remnants of which have been discovered underwater in recent years. For more information check out www.waimangu.co.nz

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he Lonely Planet rates Rotorua (and alright, Auckland too) as the second best places in the world to ink your skin. Only the Buddhist Monks in Thailand get a higher rating and their tattoos are said to bestow the wearer with mystical strength and good luck so that seems fair enough. In New Zealand traditional ta moko represent a person’s identity, origin and bravery. It’s like a history on the skin for those who know how to read it. Globus Tattoo on Pukuatua St offers a modern, bright, clean open studio and they’re committed to giving their clients an exceptional experience; from the initial consultation, to the delivery of design and of course the finished tattoo. At the end of the procedure you get a copy of your tattoo with full interpretive notes of how the

composition and symbols relate to your own personal story. They say international travellers, intrigued by the country’s special culture are often their best clients, compelled to take home a permanent souvenir of their New Zealand experience. At Moko 101, a ta moko studio and art gallery on Hinemoa St, Hohua Mohi and partner Phillipa Moore are staunch about ta moko saying it’s more than a job, it’s a way of life and philosophy they are grateful for “We respect moko and in return it gives us a living.” They do ta moko and only ta moko. Phillipa says every design is unique because it is guided by the wearer’s story and it’s up to the practitioner to interpret that story into ta moko. She says people come from all over the world specifically to them and she puts the growing popularity of ta moko down to its integrity and depth and of course the very appealing aesthetic of a beautiful ta moko that fits the wearer like a second skin.

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range of fiction that is sure to satisfy any palette.

cLeods Booksellers Ltd is one of New Zealand’s oldest independent bookshops. Operating since 1944, McLeods is a haven for book lovers who enjoy browsing a huge variety of books, magazines, music, maps, cards, calendars and journals.

So stop by and explore our shop, feel the magic of a real book shop, and soak in the mellow atmosphere as you find just what you’ve been looking for. You’ll find us ay 1148 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua or visit www.mcleodsbooks.co.nz

McLeods is a welcoming and relaxing book shop filled with lots if interesting things to discover. The staff at McLeods offer specialist advice about a large range of book titles and will endeavor to help you find the item you are after, new or second hand. Specialising in New Zealand and Maori books as well as a renowned children’s section, McLeods stocks titles that would make a special souvenir of your time in New Zealand. There is a companion guide for any adventure you may be embarking on as you travel. Equally we offer a large

Te Wairoa the Buried Village a place where time stood still.

Fire came from the mountain, boiling mud rained down and the village of Te Wairoa was buried under the smothering blanket. The sleeping giant of Tarawera exploded on the chilly night in 1886, not only destroying the village but also the renowned Pink and White Terraces. Te Wairoa is now peaceful. The excavated village and its stories have been preserved to show how the lives of so many were changed on that fateful June night.

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HOT POOL HEAVEN

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here’s no better way to warm up than a soak at one of Rotorua’s wonderful hot pool complexes.

The main pool is usually about 30°C with the two soak pools varying between 37°C and 42°C.

All are family-friendly, offering various bathing options.

The complex opens at midday and there are special group and family prices.

Set in rural Rotorua, the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools are a 25-minute drive south of the city on SH5 (heading towards Taupo), near Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. This complex takes its mineral bathing waters from nearby Te Manaroa Spring, New Zealand’s largest single source of natural hot water, gushing at near boiling point. There’s such an abundance of geothermal water all 10 pools are emptied, cleaned and refilled daily. Bring a picnic or grab something to eat or drink at the on-site cafe. The pools are open 10am until 9pm daily. In the central city’s lovely Government Gardens, The Blue Baths are Rotorua’s nod to Hollywood and the

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pools there are filled with geothermally heated fresh water, rather than mineral water.

BLUE BATHS

The Blue Baths has a fascinating history and you can take a wander down memory lane in the museum, situated in the former men’s changing rooms. Also in the Government Gardens, is the Polynesian Spa where you can enjoy a number of bathing options or indulge in spa treatments. There’s a large freshwater chlorinated family pool with a toddler section and a small hydro slide for extra fun. Outside are a number of pools in which to relax and enjoy the view across the lake – it’s a fabulous sunset setting. There’s also a café and if you’re in the mood for a little shopping, the gift

shop has a great range of swimwear, toiletries, gifts and souvenirs. Heading east, on SH30 (towards Whakatane) is Hell’s Gate, situated in New Zealand’s most active geothermal reserve, Tikitere. Its English name came courtesy of none other than George Bernard Shaw and Maori who once lived in the area used to bathe in Tikitere’s sulphurous waters to heal their wounds after battle and remove the tapu (sacredness) of war. After marvelling at the majesty of the geothermal park, you can enjoy a soothing soak – in geothermal mud and/or waters – or a relaxing twilight spa experience. Good for you Acidic geothermal water relieves tired muscles, aches and pains, arthritis and rheumatism. Alkaline geothermal water is characterised by its soft feel and is good for the skin. Geothermal mud is full of enriching minerals which help to rejuvenate skin tissue.

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ROTORUA’S HERITAGE

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he Buried Village at Tarawera is a unique Rotorua experience and an award winning heritage attraction. An excavated village, it offers a first hand insight into what transpired on the night of June 10 1886 when Mount Tarawera erupted, an authentic representation of how the people of Te Wairoa – Maori and pakeha (European) – lived and died. The attraction features a recreated pioneer cottage, a Maori whare (house) and excavated sites. There’s also a scenic nature trail, which includes a walk to the stunning Wairere waterfall. There’s a lookout which gives spectacular views across the valley, Lake Tarawera and beyond, and there’s a children’s playground near the café, Vi’s Teahouse. There’s also a fantastic, award winning museum on site which houses hundreds of objects dug up from the ruins of the village over the past eight decades and tells the stories of the people who lived in the village with interactive displays and a children’s discovery room. The Buried Village received the Tourism Innovator Award at the New Zealand Tourism Awards in 2001/2002 and deemed a culture and heritage attraction, in recognition of the world class methods and ideas used to interpret heritage within the Museum of Te Waiora, and throughout the excavated archaeological site. Te Wairoa was established by Christian missionaries in 1848 as a model village. It survived for fewer than 40 years before it and the world famous Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana were destroyed by the eruption of Mt Tarawera. The mountain ejected rock, ash and mud in the middle of the night, killing more than 150 people as it engulfed settlements. Sensitive redevelopment by three generations of the Smith family, who bought the property in 1931, has seen the village sharing its fascinating history for more than 80 years, showcasing the stories behind the village of Te Waiora and the eruption of

Mt Tarawera. Volcanic ash preserved many of the buildings and other features of the village following the 1886 eruption. Excavations began on the property in the 1930s and there have been many more site explorations since then which have revealed more building sites. The excavated sites are linked by a pathway that meanders through the park-like setting and each site is explained fully by way of interpretive panels. The tall trees, meadows and native birds of this fascinating walk through history make for a peaceful and often moving experience. The owners understand that the village tells an important story and is part of the heritage and cultural landscape of not just Rotorua but New Zealand and everything is treated with respect and sensitivity. The attraction is a member of the NZ Historic Places Trust and the village’s owners are passionate about

preserving and promoting New Zealand’s heritage at this historic site. There are several guided tours every day at the Buried Village or you can take yourself around the site. Give yourself plenty of time to take it all in, enjoy the hospitality and the wairua (spirit), the fascinating stories, the beautiful scenery and a bite to eat at the café. Getting there : The Buried Village is on Tarawera Road, a scenic 15 minute drive from Rotorua City. Head east from the city along Te Ngae Road towards the airport, turning right at the large roundabout at Tarawera Road. Follow the signs for Tikitapu (the Blue Lake) and from there the Buried Village is well signposted. If you don’t have transport phone the village about transport options (ph 362 8287) For more information : www.buriedvillage.co.nz

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OPPIES FISH AND CHIPS

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xperience the quintessential Kiwi meal - fish and chips – at the multiple award winning Oppies on the corner of Fenton Street and Malfroy Road. A dedicated family run business for 17 years, Oppies is a bit of an institution in the city serving over 2000 portions of chips every week. And they’re the best quality, healthiest and tastiest chips in town. Made using only cholesterol free rice bran oil, no MSG and sticking to strict Chip industry standards owner Michael Huang ,his wife Winnie and their friendly staff take their chips seriously. Nowadays everything is computerized to ensure consistently high standards but the hard work is old school! If you simply can’t wait to get home you can take your steaming package of scrumptiousness outside and sit and eat at one of the two big picnic tables, you’re just opposite the Rotorua Racecourse.

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Mo’s Mo’s Bar Bar 1142 Tutanekai Stt 1142 T utanekai S Lake End End Lake

Kasper’s Bar

1302 Tutanekai St Warehouse End

tions, 1. Free venue hire for private func parties, Birthday parties, After weddingC apply ) & (T on so and ies part l farewel 2. Live bands and entertainment 3. Pool tournaments every week

OPENING TIME: 9 am to 12 am weekdays nds 9 am to 3 am weekends

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Sky TV Live Rugby, League, Football, Golf, Cricket, Basketball, ESPN, Gaming Lounge, Pool Table, Darts Great Music and friendly hosts

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