Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Mercure Puka Park Resort Pauanui
The Resort is really superb...we expected a tree house and got luxury. Lovely staff who make you feel so welcome food superb we can't find fault ...... go there.........!!!!!
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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 …
... there were teddy bears and monkeys hung up in trees along the line for our amusement! Very strange. I think the guy at the bike shop was amazed to see me walk back into his shop. Secretly I felt the same way. It was fantastic few days, we cycled a total of 70 kms and could still walk at the end of it, we just couldn't sit down. We visited towns that were certainly not on my bucket list and enjoyed fantastic hospitality. The first thing I did on the way home....planned my next cycle ...
The weather? Same as yesterday, bright sunshine, cool breeze. The usual thing.
The other day we had booked a tee-time for today at the local golfcourse and were eager to see who would win this time. Albert won by one hole, Leontine couldn't play with the rather oldfashioned lady’s hired clubs and her putting needs some attention ...
Wow, a drizzle! We haven't seen that for a long while.
But the windshield-wipers do their job and off we are
for the drive to Pauanui. Following Highway # 5 out of Rotorua towards Tauranga
( a much more important city than we expected) took us through some real jungle:
very dense indigenous forest with extensive stands of tree-ferns and other
vegetation unknown to us. A few more vents with strong sulphurous odours, and
then gradually the ...
... only 8 o' clock! Later that morning, we drove around Cooks Bay to Whitianga, It is situated in Mercury Bay, so called because Captain Cook was first able to pinpoint the exact co-ordinates of New Zealand by tracking Mercury across the sun. It was here also that the value of the Kauri Gum tree was first appreciated. The size and shape of the tree made it ideal for ships' masts etc. HMS Victory's mast was made from the Kauri ...