Rotorua is famous for hot springs, mud pools, geysers and interesting Maori culture. As I am a budget traveler, I didn’t get to see a lot of what this geothermal city has to offer but I sure had a great time here.
I first visited Redwoods where I spent at least couple of hours in the woods. You can easily take bus no. 3 in the corner of isite which cost NZD 2.60.
This is where I get dropped off and the Redwoods isite is just kilometer away.
Here are your choices.
Beautiful giant redwoods welcome you ar the start point.
What do you expect in the woods? Of course, beautiful trees along the way!
Here’s the view from Tokorangi Pa Track where you could see a little bit of the city.
After my nature adventure, I decided to soak myself at Polynesian Spa which was very close to my hostel.
I paid NZD 45 for the Lake Spa. It includes the use of locker room, towels, shower with shampoo/body wash, conditioner, hair dryer. I rented their swimsuit for NZD 10 where you get NZD 5 refund when you return it. They have 5 pools with different temperatures from 36 to 42 degrees. It maybe a little expensive but I swear it was worth it. I spent at least 4 hours here. I left around 4PM when the crowd started to get crazy.
On my last day in Rotorua, I just walked around. I went to Kuirau Park where you can see geothermals for free.