Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort
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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 …
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 ...
... is very hot there and the ground you walk on is hot. In Rotorua steam comes up from the drains and in the parks areas are cordoned off because of hot water bubbling up. At the camp we stayed at there were geothermal pools we could use which were hot, didnt stay in long but they are supposed to be good.
From Rotorua we have moved onto the Caromandel Region and have visited Cathedral Cove ...
... was AMAZING! Mary took all these photos as she has the waterproof camera.
Quentin spoke my sentiments exactly when he commented that this was an auspicious way to start the new year - he was SO right. We even saw a blue penguin, the smallest penguin in the world! The photo of my hand is a single cell organism that eats the algae (I think that's right)...anyway, what ever it is it's very cool!
Today is ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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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.........!!!!!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.