RO­TORUA – NEW ZEALAND’S COOLEST HOT SPOT

See­ing New Zealand with AVIS – what you can do.

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It is about 2 1/2 hours by car from Auck­land and about 9 from Welling­ton, driv­ing com­fort­ably and there are a host of mo­tels and ho­tels that meet all bud­gets in the re­gion. You will usu­ally know when ar­riv­ing, or get­ting close. The smell of Sul­phur starts seep­ing into the car. Af­ter a few min­utes of this the body soon gets used to the aroma and life goes on as nor­mal - un­til you en­ter a re­ally pun­gent piece of the road! As you drive into the town you can see the plumes of steam ris­ing through the sky and some of the back­yards streams are so hot you can cook in them.

Af­ter a longish drive a good place to start is the Lake Okareka Board­walk which is an easy stroll around the edge of one of Ro­torua's most pop­u­lar lakes and is suit­able for pushchairs. The 5km re­turn walk show­cases na­tive veg­e­ta­tion, farm­land and wet­lands, with ex­pan­sive views and wildlife. A two minute drive down the road will take you to Lake Tik­i­tapu (The Blue Lake) where you can en­joy an­other 5km loop.

Feel­ing a bit more ad­ven­tur­ous? Then just up the road from the lake is the Sky­line Ro­torua Gon­dola which is a most spec­tac­u­lar way to take in the 180 de­gree views of Lake Ro­torua, the city and sur­round­ing district.

The on-site Stratos­fare Restau­rant and Bar, is open daily for lunch and din­ner, and s renowned for its de­li­cious food prepa­ra­tion, and the ser­vice pro­vides a mul­ti­tude of tasty op­tions for morn­ing tea, lunch and af­ter­noon tea.

Af­ter lunch or what­ever no visit would be com­plete with­out a ride down one of Sky­line’s luge tracks. This luge is a world first! With three dif­fer­ent track op­tions and over 5kms of track to ride, the kids, and prob­a­bly the adults will say that once is cer­tainly never enough! Riders have full con­trol, over the 3 wheel, grav­ity-based luge cart and safety is cer­tainly a premium fac­tor with the op­er­a­tors. Great Fun for all.

Af­ter all the ex­er­tions of scream­ing down the luge you may care to visit the hot pools. Spa ther­a­pies have known to have been of­fered in Ro­torua as early as the 1870's when, af­ter soak­ing in Ro­torua's ther­mal wa­ters, a Catholic Priest from Tau­ranga claimed his arthri­tis to be cured. The Ro­torua Lakes re­gion is in­un­dated with geo­ther­mal ac­tiv­ity and many of the hot springs and ther­mal spa pools are all nat­u­ral, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and free of charge.

For a pic­turesque walk take a wan­der through the Gov­ern­ment Gar­dens or for some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent ven­ture to the ma­jes­tic Red­wood for­est where you can find nu­mer­ous walks and bike trails.

Of course Ro­torua is the home of Maori cul­ture so what bet­ter place to get a taste of what makes us New Zealand and to see the geo­ther­mal ac­tiv­ity that at­tracts so many in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors. There are nu­mer­ous cul­tural shows that can be

ac­cessed the city. Geo­ther­mal ac­tiv­ity abounds, as well as the ma­jor at­trac­tions, Kuirau Park is a pub­lic geo­ther­mal park in the heart of Ro­torua where you can ex­pe­ri­ence a crater lake, mud pools and hot springs.

With such a range of health, spa and well­ness ex­pe­ri­ences to en­joy there is no bet­ter place to re­lax and un­wind.

But. We have re­ally come to play golf.

There are two 18 hole cour­ses in Ro­torua, Spring­field and Arikika­pakapa and Lakeview Golf and Coun­try Club is just a 10 minute drive away. Plus there are 9 hole cour­ses and driv­ing ranges. Each course has its own unique at­tributes so vis­it­ing them all, if time per­mit­ted, would be fun.

Spring­field, a park­land cham­pi­onship course, is where Danny Lee learnt to play golf.

Arikika­pakapa Ro­torua Golf Club is an 18-hole, geo­ther­mal golf course sit­u­ated in the heart of Ro­torua.

This en­joy­able links-style course is sur­rounded by na­tive bush and ther­mal ac­tiv­ity. On sev­eral holes golfers get to tee off along­side a steam­ing river, or one of the boil­ing mud pools!

The pro shop can help with hire or pur­chase of all equip­ment re­quire­ments, with lessons also avail­able. A great spot for a leisurely round of golf and to en­joy the unique­ness of Ro­torua.

Lakeview has some spec­tac­u­lar views of Lake Ro­torua, Mokoia Is­land, Mount Tarawera and Mount Ngongo­taha to dis­tract you as you play. The course has un­du­lat­ing fair­ways and chal­leng­ing greens. They have a fully stocked pro shop with a cov­ered driv­ing range for all your golf­ing needs. ARIKIKA­PAKAPA RO­TORUA GOLF CLUB 399 Fen­ton Street, Whakare­warewa, Ro­torua 3010

Club ph +64 7 348 4051

Golf Shop ph +64 7 349 0446 Email ro­torua@golf.co.nz

Web: ro­toru­agolf­club.co.nz LAKEVIEW GOLF & COUN­TRY CLUB INC 704 State High­way 5, Tarukenga, Ro­torua 3072

Club ph +64 27 201 0940 Golf Shop +64 7 357 2341 Email: lakeview@golf.co.nz Web: lake­view­golf.co.nz

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