Gwendoline Motor Inn
Travel Blogs from Rotorua
We drove on from Cambridge to visit Rotorua and stay for two nights. You know you're there when you smell the rotten eggs (hydrogen sulphide) from the volcanic activity. Rotorua became famous as the place with the geysers and boiling mud at the end of the 19th century when a spa was developed there and publicized throughout the British Empire. …
... off the delicious scent of what I call "Rotorua stank!" To be clear, it's the smell of sulphur and rotten eggs. Aside from that, the town is ideally located on a gorgeous lake with surrounding hills. What's more is that the downtown area appeals to me as an avid pedestrian and small town citizen. Rather than building upwards, the central business district is built along what seems like endless avenues with boulevards ...
... partake of the waters, fed by a hot spring that pours out hundreds of litres of boiling water a minute which is then cooled to temperatures of 35-40 degrees by waterfalls and holding ponds and flows into swimming pool and lounging pools. All very pleasant, and the sight of the clouds of steam drifting into the air from the hot spring quite exciting.
Next morning we headed out to one of the extensive ...
... man I met during my BSW who is connected with the Musqueam first nation. Small world! This morning we got up at 7:00AM to get ready to go to Hobbiton (where the LOTR and Hobbit movies were filmed). I know it's ridiculous and nerdy, but I haven't been this excited for something in a while. Once at the site we walked down an unassuming dirt path through some bushes, then suddenly, we were standing in Hobbiton. It was so surreal, and it being a rainy and misty morning, ...
... only way I can describe it was like a giant ball of brown fluff with a huge long beak and huge feet! I so wanted to cuddle it but it was only around six weeks old and I probably would have crushed it to death from sheer affection overload! I have since made it my mission to see as many kiwis as I can while I’m here!
After a long wait in the sun for the bus, I arrived back in Rotorua to meet up with Laura, a German backpacker I met on the bus enroute ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking
- Pets allowed