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New Zealand Day 6: Rotorua

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We stayed for a night in Rotorua, a city in the Bay of Plenty region of North Island, New Zealand. It is the centre of a remarkable array of hot springs, boiling mud pools, and spouting geysers. 

Te Puia, Geothermal Wonderland and Maori Cultural Centre
Kicked off our day in Rotorua by visiting Te Puia, a spectacular geothermal valley and home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.  It took nearly 5 minutes drive from our hotel to Te Puia and there is an ample parking space for visitors to park their cars for free. We didn't book any guided tour and so, we did the sightseeing on our own. 

We went and visited the Kiwi House but unfortunately, we didn't spot any of New Zealand's famous flightless bird and national icon. Quite disappointed because we're looking forward to see one, at least. 

Our visit ended at Maori Culture Village for the daily cultural performances, including the famous welcoming Haka dance by the local Maori. 

Rotorua Museum / Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa
It is a local museum and art gallery in the Government Gardens near the centre of Rotorua. But then, we didn't visit the museum from inside because we're more attracted with the beautiful and fascinating government garden surrounded the museum. It's well-maintained and manicured with lots of colourful flowers. Absolutely perfect for those who are looking for Instagram spot. 

And that's how my friends and I spent our day in Rotorua before driving back to Auckland. 

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