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ROTORUA / BAY OF PLENTY / WAIKATO MONTHLY

VISITOR’S GUIDE FREE | MAR 2017

GEOTHERMAL WONDERLAND 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 4 – SUNDAY 5 MARCH AOTEAROA CUBAN FESTIVAL 2017 This 100% Cuban festival held in Rotorua has 24+ hours of workshops with world class international and local Cuban instructors, Crazy Cuban parties and the best Cuban music around. 70 Old Quarry Road, Selwyn Heights. For more information visit nzcubanfestival.co.nz SATURDAY 11 MARCH LAKESIDE CONCERT

ROTORUA MARKETS EVERY THURSDAY This is a must do while in Rotorua – an event for locals and visitors alike, its family friendly with great food, music and boutique stalls. 5.30pm – 8.00pm in the “Heart of Tutanekai Street” (between Haupapa and Hinemoa Streets)

Enjoy a night out for the whole family as the Koi Boys, along with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and internationally acclaimed New Zealand and local artists take to the stage and wow everyone at the free Lakeside Concert. The concert starts at 7.30pm at the Village Green, Rotorua Lakeside. For more information visit www.rotorualakesideconcert.co.nz

EVERY SATURDAY KUIRAU PARK

THURSDAY 16 MARCH

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

SUMMER POPS WITH THE MODERN MAORI QUARTET

EVERY SUNDAY

Join the NZSO Summer Pops tours with hearty entertainment, a cool beat and amazing harmonies as they are joined by the Modern Maori Quartet – an award winning Maori foursome with a fresh take on classic Maori showbands. 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, Fenton Street.

ROTORUA FARMERS MARKET A mainly fresh food market with local farmers and speciality 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)

SATURDAY 18 MARCH – SUNDAY 19 MARCH

EVERY SUNDAY

SATURDAY 18 – SUNDAY 19 MARCH

SOUNDSHELL MARKET

ROTORUA WALKING FESTIVAL

Enjoy browsing a range of outdoor stalls right on the Lakefront, Rotorua. Featuring crafts, curios, collectables and antiques, jewellery, clothing, tools woodware, greenstone, wooden carvings and much more 9.00am – 3.00pm, Memorial Drive, Rotorua

This is an annual multi-day leisure walking event – it’s not a competition or an overnight event but will provide leisure walkers with great scenery, fun, fellowship and a real sense of achievement when finished. For details visit www.walkingfestival.org.nz

ROTORUA WALKING FESTIVAL

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ROTORUA - BAY OF PLENTY - WAIKATO MONTHLY VISITORS GUIDE / MAR 2017

TARGA ROTORUA Targa Rotorua returns to its traditional 2-day format, based in and around Rotorua. There’s a stage in this event for everyone, including a chance to get close up to the fantastic array of cars. Memorial Drive, Rotorua.

SUMMER POPS WITH THE MODERN MAORI QUARTET

TARGA ROTORUA


WHAT’S ON IN WHAKATANE CAMBRIDGE

SATURDAY 1 APRIL CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL A professional band delivering a top quality musical experience celebrating the musing of Creedence Clearwater revival (also known as CCR). This act has toured the country and delivers an authentic and entertaining show covering all the top hits of this timeless and ever-popular band. 8.00pm, Detour Bar & Lounge, 84 The Strand, Whakatane.

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SATURDAY 6 APRIL OHOPE CRAFT MARKET

WHAKATANE

CAMBRIDGE SATURDAY 11 MARCH CAMBRIDGE TWILIGHT CYCLING FESTIVAL

SATURDAY 18 MARCH – SUNDAY 19 MARCH PORT OHOPE GENERAL STORE AND CAFÉ SUP FESTIVAL

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. From 8.00am, Bluett Road, Ohope

This stand up paddle board event reflects the Eastern Bay style – relaxed and fun. Categories range from novice to masters, and the premium event will be held on Sunday. Come and join the fun! For more information visit www.portohope.co.nz

Championed by Sarah Ulmer; a unique event showcasing NZ’s best cycling talent in a fast-paced mind-blowing format. 6.00pm – 10.00pm, Victoria Street.

SATURDAY 25 MARCH – SUNDAY 26 MARCH

An eclectic market featuring quality crafters, designers, collectors and makers. Gourmet food and live entertainment. 6.00pm – 10.00pm Leamington Domain, Wordsworth Street.

OXFAM TRAILWALKER Challenge yourself and challenge poverty. This 100km and 50km Whakatane course will focus on showcasing iconic places within the town, Ohope Beach, Ohiwa Harbour and surrounding areas. For more information visit oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz SATURDAY 25 MARCH – SUNDAY 26 MARCH

SATURDAY 25 MARCH BLOOM TWILIGHT MARKET

FRIDAY 7 APRIL – SATURDAY 8 APRIL NATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACING One of the fastest growing sports worldwide. Modern dragon boating is competitive, social and fun, with its roots deeply imbedded in Chinese culture. Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro, Maungatautari Road.

GYPSY EXTRAVAGANZA Arts, crafts and interesting stalls – herbal remedies and natural perfumes, heaps of funky clothing including revamped and retro, jewellery, crystals, massage, open “tiny home” and so much more. Open from 9.00am at the Maraetotara reserve, Pohutukawa Ave, Whakatane.

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

MATAMATA ALL MONTH WAIRERE FALLS 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.

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WHAT’S ON IN

HAMILTON

TAUPO / TURANGI WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Celebrating women in the arts. Emerging female artists and acclaimed performance tutors from the Conservatorium of Music in concert, 12.00-2.00pm. Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato. THURSDAY 9 MARCH & THURSDAY BLUES OPEN JAM

Packed by lovers of great blues music. Open jams in the back room at Biddies with novice and experienced musos. Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Pub, 742 Victoria Street.

BAT TOUR Find out what creatures come out at night in Hamilton city. An entertaining and information experience at Waikato Museum followed by bat spotting at Hammond Park. 6.00-8.00pm. SATURDAY 11 MARCH HAMILTON RECORD FAIR From ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll to new wave to soul, funk, dance, folk, jazz and blues. Find that elusive record! Phoenix House Community Hall, 22 Richmond Street. 11.00am - 4.00pm.

THE HAMILTON LAKE FUN RUN & WALK 4km, 8km or 11km run or walk. All ages. Hamilton Yacht Club, Innes Common Hamilton Lake.. 8.00am runners. 11km walkers, 8.00am. All other distances, 8.30am.

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The pinnacle of the NZ athletics calendar. See multiple Olympic and Paralympic medallists including pole vaulter Eliza McCartney, shot putters Tom Walsh & Jacko Gill, and Paralympic superstar sprinter, Liam Malone. Porritt Stadium, Crosby Rd. SATURDAY 18 MARCH HOOVES GROOVES & BBQS Enjoy the last of the summer sun with outstanding thoroughbred racing, music, and Kiwi barbecue. Playground for kids. Gates open 11am. Te Rapa Race Course, Te Rapa Road. WEDNESDAY 22 MARCH – SUNDAY 26 MARCH BALLOONS OVER WAIKATO An amazing five-day experience with 20-30 hot air balloons. Sunrise ascension, free breakfast, an orchestrated basket burn to music, family activities, markets, live music, and the famous Zuru Nightglow. TAUPO SATURDAY 11 MARCH LAKE TAUPO VINTAGE CAR RALLY

FRIDAY 17 MARCH AUSTIN-HEALY VOLCANIC PLATEAU NATIONAL RALLY The Austin-Healys are in Taupo over the weekend for their Biennial National Rally – look out for them, listen for that rich growl of an Austin-Healy, and give them a wave! Admission free. 10.00am – 1.00pm. Tongariro North Domain. SATURDAY 18 MARCH – SUNDAY 19 MARCH TAUPO WELLBEING MARKET

SUNDAY 12 MARCH

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NZ TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

A one day Vintage Car Rally around the Lake Taupo region. Admission free, 9.00am – 3.00pm. Event starts at Vintage Car Club opposite Events Centre.

FRIDAY 10 MARCH

BALLOONS OVER WAIKATO

FRIDAY 17 MARCH – SUNDAY 19 MARCH

The Taupo Wellbeing Market is a free weekend with people who are passionate about making the world a better place through health, natural medicine, stress-free living and environmental wellness. Lots of amazing stalls for you to explore and enjoy! 10.00am – 4.00pm, Great Lake Centre, Taupo.

HAMILTON RECORD FAIR

LAKE TAUPO VINTAGE CAR RALLY


KAITIAKI ADVENTURES

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they pay respect to the environment and the local people whose home was based around the river.

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 safety 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

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

Mysterious Inferno Crater, the world’s largest geyser

Explore the World’s youngest Geothermal System

Discover amazing hot springs and lakes set among beautiful and peaceful New Zealand forest.

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LAKESIDE CONCERT A NIGHT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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n Saturday, 11 March 2017 a huge milestone will be reached as The Koi Boys, along with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and internationally acclaimed New Zealand and local artists, take to the stage and WOW everyone at the FREE Lakeside Concert, family-oriented, sound and lighting spectacular! Artistic director, Tim Beveridge will present a line-up of excellent New Zealand stars showing the best in contemporary, classical and cultural music. This year’s gold coin collection will go to the Rotorua Special Olympics Team competing in the National Summer Games in Wellington. The games are

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New Zealand’s biggest event for people with learning disabilities. The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will take to the stage with Australian conductor, Guy Noble and internationally acclaimed New Zealand artists including: Simon O’Neill, one of the finest tenors on the international stage. He is a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House and Convent Garden. The Koi Boys - Kevin Keepa, Danny Faifai and Ngahere ‘Nuz’ Ngatai will be performing for the first time in Rotorua at Lakeside. They became a viral hit thanks to their impressive audition for The Voice Australia where they

wowed the judges and were promptly signed by Universal Music Australia. The Dust Palace, the critically acclaimed aerial theatre company made up of aerialists and acrobats have performed at Biennale CINARS in Montreal. Plus well known New Zealand artists such as, Jason Kerrison, Annie Crummer and Tim Beveridge, along with a line-up of young new talent. The concert starts at 7.30pm and is being held at the Village Green, Rotorua Lakefront. For more information go to www.rotorualakesideconcert.co.nz


TAKE A RAIL CRUISE

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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. 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 t find out more about this unique experience.

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A WORLD OF FUN AT RAINBOW SPRINGS

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t’s been around for a long time but Rainbow Springs, one of Rotorua’s best known attractions, is always adding to the family fun on offer. Situated on Fairy Springs Rd in a beautiful park-like setting, just minutes from the central city, it’s a great place for families and if you want to enjoy all that’s on offer, set aside a whole day. Kids will love the Big Splash, a nineminute ride through time which ends in a spectacular water plunge and the cost of which is included in your entry fee. You can ride it as many times as you like.

There’s also plenty of real wildlife to check out in this picturesque park, both native and imported, including huge trout, native lizards, Jenny the cheeky kea and her friends in the daily bird show and the Kiwi Encounter.

The ride isn’t just for fun, it explores New Zealand’s ecological evolution, featuring state of the art technology that brings to life a variety of creatures.

Rainbow Springs is also home to Kiwi Encounter , a behind-the-scenes tour of New Zealand’s largest and most successful kiwi nursery and hatchery.

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THE THAI RESTAURANT

he Thai Restaurant has earned an enviable reputation as one of Rotorua’s leading Thai restaurants, serving an extensive menu of fine Thai cuisine in authentic surroundings. Extolled by diners as an experience to be repeated, the food and service has been described as epic! Encapsulating the unique qualities of Thailand, the restaurant presents exquisite cuisine prepared by experienced chefs who have trained in Thailand’s top hotels. The menu features more than 80 dishes, including a diverse selection of fish, plus popular one-off blackboard specials sought after by lunchtime diners, The attention to service extends to cooking and serving trout that has been caught by customers. Balance, detail and variety are all important to Thai cooking. Harmony is the guiding principle behind each dish. A perfect blend of the spicy, subtle, sweet and sour is what defines the ideal Thai meal, and this combination should be equally satisfying to the eye, nose and palate.

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Eating Thai style is often a communal affair, allowing for a wide variety of dishes to be enjoyed. The Thai restaurant offers dining options ranging from affordable, banquet style meals to intimate dining in a small private area. The Thai Restaurant is recommended by Lonely Planet, who say “Our pick of the global selection of ethnic eateries along Tutanekai Street, The Thai Restaurant overcomes an unimaginative name with excellent service and top notch renditions of classics you previously enjoyed on Koh Samui or Khao San Rd. Seafood is particularly good – try the squid with basil or the scallops with garlic and black pepper.”

Owner Nong says the restaurant believed to be Rotorua’s longest-established Thai establishment, offers all the traditions of Thailand. Superb food and great service make it a favourite with locals and inspires visitors to return. The Thai Restaurant is fully licensed and BYO.

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Here you’ll gain a fascinating insight into what’s involved in protecting these precious birds and saving them from extinction. You’ll get a wonderful tour of a working kiwi nursery and hatchery and see the stages a chick goes through before being released in the wild – from incubation and hatching to raising the chicks until they are big enough to defend themselves against potential predators. More than 1300 kiwi eggs have been hatched here since 1995, making it New Zealand’s most successful kiwi conservation centre. Centre staff work with the Department of Conservation and receive eggs from 13 conservancies and community kiwi trusts around the North Island. The cost of a Kiwi Encounter tour is additional to your Rainbow Springs admission fee – but it goes to the National Kiwi Trust to ensure the work of places like the Rotorua centre can continue their work and conduct research to support that work. Go to www.rainbowsprings.co.nz before you go to check out all that’s on offer and plan your family day out.

There’s a café and a great children’s playground and your tickets are valid for repeat entry for the day so you can return at night to listen to the bird calls and watch the kiwi venture out to probe and dig for food in their outdoor enclosures.

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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.

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.

Visitors have flocked to Rotorua since the nineteenth century to see

At Whakarewarewa Village you can enjoy the hospitality of the

Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people and gain an insight, through the stories of their ancestors, into early Maori life in Rotorua and how they adapted to their environment and modern living. The villagers offer guided tours, cultural performances and a taste of traditional food cooked

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using geothermal energy. There are daily cultural performances and you can experience a traditional 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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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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Today there is much than a buried village to experience. There’s a museum filled with imagery and excavated objects, a stream and spectacular waterfall trail and Vi’s Teahouse serving world famous Devonshire Teas. A family-run business for over 80 years, we welcome you and hope you will share in our passion.

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FUN FARM DAY

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here’s a whole day of family fun to be had at Rotorua’s Agrodome. This well-known attraction has been welcoming visitors from around the world for more than 40 years, providing an entertaining and interesting insight into New Zealand’s farming heritage and farm life. You can catch the world-famous Farm Show, starring a line-up of talented farm animals, you can join the Organic Farm Tour to explore a real working farm, you can hand-feed friendly animals, enjoy samples of kiwifruit juice and honey from the land, check out the baby animals in the nursery and take in the Woollen Mill and Shearing Museum, which tells the story of the Bowen brothers who established the Agrodome and explains how wool gets from the sheep’s back on to yours.

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Open 365 days a year this attraction is located in farm country just 10 to 15 minutes from Rotorua’s central city. It’s a great chance to get out into the countryside and get a taste of rural life and you’ll find it entertaining as well as interesting. There’s also a great gift shop and a café on site. The indoor farm show is a tourism icon on Rotorua, a fun hour of entertainment and education. The farm tour also provides fun for the whole family. You’ll be on board an all-terrain vehicle, learn about farming, enjoy a few laughs and get to hand feed and take photos with the friendly resident sheep, cattle, deer, llamas, ostrich, pigs and alpacas. You’ll also tour the organic orchard and sample the juices, wines and honey produced at the farm, In the museum, you’ll travel back in time to a recreation of a 1950s shearing shed, watch a sheep being shorn with vintage machinery and learn how New Zealand became a wool growing nation. One of Rotorua’s major tourist attractions for more

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WAIOTAPU AND ORAKEI KORAKO

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etween Rotorua and Taupo lie two iconic geothermal wonderlands; Waiotapu and Orakei Korako , both an easy drive from either city. Waiotapu Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Waiotapu is New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal attraction. Wai-O-Tapu means “Sacred Water” and it is easy to see why. Hot pools range in hues of turquoise blue and rich green to burnt orange and sulphuric yellow, making the steaming waters of Waiotapu a dazzling mustsee. Experience unique sinter terrace formations clad in primal native bush, spectacular views over mysterious craters, erupting mud pools, as well as world famous attractions, Champagne Pool and Lady Knox Geyser, Artist’s Palette, Primrose Terrace and boiling mud pools.

Spread over 18 hectares and just 20 minutes’ drive south of Rotorua

and 40 minutes north of Taupo , Waiotapu is one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand. Orakei Korako Go a little further off the beaten track and away from the throngs and you’ll discover Orakei Korako – The Hidden Valley- with its fabulous silica terraces, believed to be the largest of their kind since the destruction of the famous Pink and White Terraces in Mt Tarawera eruption in 1886. The jade green Emerald Terrace is the lowest and the three terraces above it were formed by a huge earthquake in 131AD. The Golden Fleece is the largest at 40m long and 5m high, covered in a stunning white sinter coating, its Maori name is Te Kapua – The Cloud. Orakei Korako is New Zealand’s largest geyser field and sits on the edge of Lake Ohakuri, on the Waikato River. A ferry takes you across the lake to this untouched geothermal paradise where you wander through native bush with dozens of active natural geysers and boiling hot-pools all around you.

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SIMPLY AMAZING THAI FOOD

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VER fancied a trip to Thailand? You can experience the next best thing at Rotorua’s Amazing Thai Restaurant. The restaurant is beautifully decked out with photographs, carvings and other ornaments reminiscent of Thailand... and then there’s the food. On offer is all those delicious Thai favourites such as chicken satay, green and red curry, barbecue beef, pad Thai, cashew nut, Thai fried rice and much more. You’ll be amazed at the range of mouth-watering cuisine on offer.... curry is a speciality or you could try something new and exciting from their varied lamb, vegetarian, duck, seafood, rice and noodle, soup or salad options. Banquet set menus options are perfect for those wanting to try a little of everything. Amazing Thai has three chefs - their head chef has 30 years experience in New Zealand and in Thailand. Chefs only use the best quality

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ingredients. Remember, Thai food is the super-healthy option packed with fresh vegetables.

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Come and meet the friendly staff at Amazing Thai Restaurant, 1246 Fenton St. Ph 07-343 9494.


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