Grand Hotel Rotorua
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Hotel Rotorua
At $99 New Zealand dollars (£50) this friendly hotel offers great value for money and a free continental breakfast as well.
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Leaving Hamilton behind us, we left promptly as we had an appointment at Hobbiton, (really Matamata). We had booked to go to the location of where The Lord of the Rings and latterly The Hobbit (Parts 1,2 and 3!) had been filmed. It was on the way to Rotorua anyway, where I would be staying for the evening. Guy had been some 8 years before, but then …
... all the animals. They had sheep, goats, donkeys, ostrich, chickens, the huge orange cows with the horns, deer, llamas and a few other ones. My favorite part was watching the guy sheer the sheep. The sheep just chilled there on his butt sitting like a person getting their haircut.
The last thing on the agenda for today was going to Te Puia. Te Puia is a place that provides a indigenous cultural experience of the Māori people. ...
... feet in the thermal foot baths, shame we couldn't have dunked our whole body in. We ate a picnic lunch there, really cold but a nice sunny day.
Then drove down to the lake for a look, lots of seagulls, even saw a sea plane taking off. Stopped for coffee and hot chocolate at a nice café on the lakeside, then drove up to Skyline Rotorua.
We had our tickets all printed, so we got in straight away and got the gondola up ...
... scary as the water was gushing down so you couldn't hear the rest of the group, you just had to have faith that you did remember the instructions correctly and you were going the right way.
We got very cosy with the others in the group as it was a very tight squeeze down there. We scrambled on our bellies to get through some passageways so Ruari was pleased he hadn't eaten too many of the New Zealanders favourite pies! When we got to about ...
Next morning I was picked up at 8 am by Grumpy`s Tour for visit to Wai o Tapu, the Thermal Wonderland, A geological volcanic hot spot area with hot pools with fancy colours due to different minerals in the rocks by the volcanic activity.
The Kiwis have a good sense of humour and have given spooky names like Devils Home, Devils bath (green) Devils ink pot and Champagne pool to various hot spots. I was ...