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The road to Rotorua

This city has been welcoming tourists for more than 100 years so they're pretty good at it.


We arrived in town and spent a glorious morning on Lake Rotoli aboard the 53 foot catamaran Tiua in the capable hands of Matt and Flic.


They run a company called Pure Cruise, offering luxury trips on the lake that in our case included a delicious lunch, beverages and a trip to the natural mineral water of Manupiruia Springs.


You soak in the warm water and then jump into the lake down a kids slide.


I was the only one fearless (or mad) enough to do it and can tell you the lake was colder than a penguin's icebox.


After a thrilling helicopter ride back to town, it was time for a truly memorable evening at Te Puia, a cultural centre based around the famous geo-thermal springs and geysers which first put Rotorua on the map.


We saw the carving and weaving schools where students are practicing traditional crafts before being welcomed into the meeting house for a KapaHaka (performing arts) concert.


I got to try my hand at the haka and was amazed at just how far I could get my tongue to protrude.


A sumptuous Maori feast followed, all cooked in the hot springs, the perfect end to an action packed and volcanic day.


Read about Jon's 'underground' adventure to Waitomo Caves and his trip to Kumeu Wine Country.


Image: Nature's fury at Te Puia in Rotorua


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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 24 May 2014

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