My parents loved Rotorua so much the last time they visited New Zealand that they wanted to visit again.  We repeated some of their favourite things – hiking in the Whakarewarewa Forest, relaxing at the Polynesian Spa, and savoring seafood chowder at Urbano Bistro. We also added in some new activities, including a walk to the Blue Spring and the Glo New Year’s event. We wanted to do the Skyline and luge, but we struck out twice due to weather and wait times.

Dates: 30 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Travel with: Allen and my parents
Weather: mostly 70s, getting into the 60s at night. Dry until we were leaving town.
Accommodation: Silver Fern

  • mass at St Michael’s
  • the green track at Whakarewarewa Forest (Redwoods)
  • hot pools and Nature’s Gift spa treatment at Polynesian Spa (!)
  • New Year’s fireworks at Glo Festival on Rotorua Lakefront
  • Te Waihou Walkway (Blue Spring) from Leslie Road carpark

Food & Drink:

  • Gordonton Bakehouse and Takeaways – good pit stop on the drive down
  • Urbano Bistro
  • Capers Epicurean – good coffee
  • Lotus Café and Bakery – don’t need to return
  • Brew Craft Beer Pub
  • Quality Pies 2000 (!)
  • Dew Drop Inn Cafe, Matamata

Transportation: self drive