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 …
... Our motel has a hot tub – we take advantage with a glass of wine!
The next day is an early start as we have a lot to get through – we’re shoe-horning in more than we’d originally planned into the day! Our first move is a drive along The 309 Road, over towards the east coast of the Coromandel peninsula. The road is famous locally, and it’s a largely unsealed road that climbs up across the spine of the mountains that form ...
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 ...
... in one day. Only a 15 minute drive from Tauranga we expected to get there, it be a big hill and that be it. We didn't expect there to be a really nice town area with cafés, shops and bars all around, and the beach! That was one of those beaches that deserved a park up and walk along it! We didn't have enough time to walk up Mt Maunganui but walking along the beach kept us happy, it was a bit windy and the sky wasn't as clear as the previous couple of days, this still ...