Rotorua Museum and the Government Gardens

Although we only spent three days in Rotorua, we were very busy.

Along with our half-day visit to Te Puia and the thermal reserve, and the evening spent at Tamaki Maori Village, we also enjoyed side trips to view the Blue and Green Lakes, explore the Buried Village, spend a little time at Lake Tarawera, and picnic in the nearby redwood forest.

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Blue Lake

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Te Puia and the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve

I probably shouldn’t admit to having a favorite city on New Zealand’s North Island. Every place we visited was amazing, and having a “favorite” would be like admitting to having a favorite child. (Which I don’t, by the way!)

However, if I were only able to return to one North Island city, I would choose Rotorua.

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Pohutu Geyser

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Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud

I recently returned from 30 days in New Zealand.

There are so many adjectives I could use to describe this adventure. The best might be “Amazing!” Every single day, without exception, I saw, heard or experienced something absolutely wonderful!

I had been told that New Zealand is a very accessible country, and I found that statement to be true.  I made copious notes, and took over 7,000 photos, so that I can share my experience with others who might be considering a trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud. Continue reading