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The Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park has supported Cerebral Palsy New Zealand for a number of years through the organization's annual fundraiser- Steptember. Cerebral Palsy is a permanent life-long condition which affects peoples movement and posture. It is caused by brain damage which occurs during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Here's why we are giving the Fundraiser 110% this year...
Unfortunately, last year we did not manage to participate the annual fundraiser for Cerebral Palsy as one of our Managers was away on Maternity Leave after the arrival of her gorgeous daughter, Eva-Jasmine (pictured above at 2 months old).
Eva's birth was very traumatic, 9 weeks early and life threatening for her Mother. Thankfully they were both strong and cared for in Auckland Hospital and then later at Rotorua Hospital, so were finally released home after 8 weeks. In March this year Eva was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy which significantly impacts both of her legs.
Eva has nerve damage in areas other than her legs so is given eye drops to help correct her vision, is working on chewing food, hand eye co-ordination and picking things up... every single day with a smile. In July this year Eva's Mum and Dad came in contact with Cerebral Palsy New Zealand and they have been so kind, caring and willing to give advice or assist Eva in managing her disability, alongside Mum and Dad. Doctors have projected that, with the right support now, Eva has a shot at assisted walking as she grows up.
Cerebral Palsy NZ gave Eva $500 worth vouchers to assist her with her therapy and have been so helpful with advice and guidance for Eva and her family.
Eva has been working hard to learn how to sit up by herself, move around the floor unassisted (she hasn't quite mastered the art of crawling yet but is very determined and capable of getting to where she wants to go). In July this year, Eva's Mum and Dad were given the opportunity to attend therapy at a specialized clinic in Hamilton twice a week. Because of this, Eva's Dad has resigned from his job and is now Eva's full time carer. Eva's Mum Manages the Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park every day and has always been a supporter of those living/ supporting Cerebral Palsy since long before Eva was born.
So this year we're back! Back with a focus, a mission and a goal! And we need your support... Our staff have a goal of fundraising $500 per team to give back to Cerebral Palsy New Zealand for their support of our precious Eva. We know that there are families out there that are struggling and organizations such as this one will always be there to help.
Even the smallest donation helps (if you can't donate, sharing this post would mean a lot):
- DONATE to Rotorua TOP 10 Housekeeping- Charmaine, Gaye, Crystal & Jaden
- DONATE to Rotorua TOP 10 Grounds- Willy, Tasha, Sasha &Justin
- DONATE to Rotorua TOP 10 Reception- Kajal, Pania, Caroline & Kataraina
- DONATE to Rotorua TOP 10 Owners- Brad, Jared, Jasmine
Just a disclaimer, all of the money raised here goes to the Cerebral Palsy New Zealand Society. The website linked to this blog collects the money and distributes it to New Zealand Families in need. Steptember runs all throughout the month of September. Eva and her families have been a recipient of this support, so this is our way of giving back x Thank you all.
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Warm yourself up in Rotorua’s unique Thermal pools with a range of options for everyone. Deluxe lake front pools, Adult only pools, Private pools and Family friendly pools. Polynesian spa also has amazing Spa Therapies options, Mud wraps to massages if you want to spoil yourself or someone special this is the place to go. Located in Rotorua City centre it is an easy walk from most accommodation. You will lose hours bathing in the therapeutic water lucky it does not close until 11pm each day.
Rotorua offers a range of culture experiences, but by far the Culture Evenings are the gem of them all. Our TOP 3 picks; all include the traditional Hangi meal cultural performance and pick up/ drop off from your accommodation.
Te Po / Te Puia (Picture Above) Located in the infamous Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve on the edge of Rotorua city, takes you back through time to what it really was like for Native Rotorua Maoris and how they survived in the geothermal environment that they were living in. Te Po offer a range of added options with their cultural evenings including guided tours through the geothermal valley, Kiwi experiences and the weaving and calving schools. You will finish your tour enjoying a hot chocolate in front of the Pohutu Geyser.
Mitai, An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush surroundings as you take a short walk through one of the best native forest in New Zealand to witness the Warriors paddling down the Wai-o-whiro stream in a hand carved Waka (canoe).The night ends in a magical way, A short stroll down to one of the clearest fresh water springs you will ever see to view the only glow worms in Rotorua in their natural habitat.
Tamaki, Journey to the outskirts of Rotorua, to a Maori village nestled in an ancient forest. The night begins with a sacred ceremony welcoming you into the village, where you get to walk around and participate in traditional games and dances including the very famous Haka. Followed by New Zealand’s most awarded Cultural performance and dinner. Special mention to Tamaki’s very amusing 20 minute shuttle ride to and from its location.
If you ever wanted to learn about the Maori culture, an Evening show is a MUST!!!
Skyline Rotorua is an award winning activity that has so much to offer for every visitor to Rotorua. Enjoy the best New Zealand cuisine for lunch or dinner with the magnificent views of Rotorua in the Stratosphere Restaurant. If you want to raise your heart rate Skyline is the perfect way to do this you can swing from great heights on the Skyline Skyswing or Zip down over the top of redwood trees on the Skyline Zooline. Race your family and friends down the one of a kind Mountain bike track or enjoy the sights as you glide down in one of the luge carts. Skyline is an all-weather Family adventure park you are even able to gaze at the stars with the brand new stargazing experience. Skyline is the future in adventure tourism.
Rotorua is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - Tutea Falls is 7m high located on the Kaituna River (Grade 5.) On a rainy day there is nothing better than rafting off a 7 meter water fall… outstanding scenery, heart pumping rapids and world class kiwi guides - White Water Rafting in New Zealand doesn't get any better than this. This is a once in a life time opportunity that never disappoints.
Rotorua Museum Art-Cultural-Heritage
Rotorua Museum is absolutely stunning, here you can learn all about Rotorua’s rich Maori heritage and the geothermal activity which has shaped rotorua into what it is today. Ever changing exhibits keep this museum up to date and refreshing. Climb to the very top of the museum and look out over the mud pools and sulfer lakes or go deep down into the basement and look at the old bathing pipes used years ago for therapy treatments to help the wounded soldier’s. Rotorua Museum is a place not to miss when traveling through.
In short here in Rotorua the weather does not inhibit our visitors in any way you are still able to learn about our culture, taste our food, raft over a 7 m waterfall or gaze at the stars. Rotorua is an unmissable stop while traveling through New Zealand. See you all soon.
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New Zealand is a country that has it all. Beautiful beaches, crystal clear lakes, natural rivers, waterfalls and endless stretches of forest and farm lands for all to explore. The sky is clearer, the air is fresher... Can you tell this is written by a Kiwi (New Zealander) yet? Hehe
Here are a few reasons to camp on our two 'little-to-you' but 'big-to-us' islands... all the way at the bottom of the Earth. Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Beaches, Beaches, Beaches
We are spoilt for choice here in New Zealand. At all times, no matter where you are located, the beach is less than a couple hours drive. There are many beach front camp sites scattered around New Zealand and dozens of beach front Holiday Parks too.
With less light pollution than many places around the globe, here in New Zealand the night sky lights up like 'still fireworks' when the clouds have cleared away. We are also ranked Number #1 of the first people in the world to see the Sun Rise and Set each day. The perfect place to camp out on New Years eve and spend the first Sunrise of the year with your loved ones.. Romantic? Sentimental? Yup, we definitely think so.
Doesn't this picture say it all. If you're looking to become at one with nature or clear your head of all your troubles and stresses... pack up your camping/ hiking gear, grab a friend and come visit us here in New Zealand!
Farmland meets ocean, ocean meets river, river meets lake... The scenery here in New Zealand is broad and beautiful. Our roads have frequent stops where you can pull over and gaze out at stunning views. Camping with a view is something that's really not hard to come by because there is so much beauty to be seen!
New Zealand has some stunning hidden treasures. Our state highway goes past beautiful Bays, Cities, Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Native Forests and Wildlife. Just last week we stopped on the side of the road (between Napier and Taupo) and found a lookout point to the most spectacular waterfall.
Lakes, Lakes, Lakes
Of course we were going to feature our home town here! We are spoilt for lake choices in Rotorua, New Zealand. One of the most interesting things about New Zealand Lakes is the powerful stories behind the Lake and how it came to be. There are many places throughout the country where you can camp lake side. Amazing holiday parks offer the best of both worlds, a spectacular view and a hot shower.
Perfect for Families and Friends
New Zealand has everything you need and more to make memorable, life long memories with your family and friends. Glaciers and Mountain tops, Forests and Oceans... Everything to make a holiday of a lifetime but not cost you your whole piggy bank.
So what are you waiting for? Start saving and come check us out. x
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Rotorua is one of New Zealand's TOP tourist destinations with many attractions to keep you and your 'little ones' endlessly entertained. From the land to the lakes and from the earth to the sky, there is something here for everyone. But what if you are only here for a night or two? Or here with the kids? How do you decide what to do?
Luckily we have put together a short list of some of our TOP picks. Check them out below.
In the heart of 350acres of lush farmland, yet only 10 minutes from Rotorua's City Centre, you'll find New Zealand's Agrodome. The Farm Tour is absolutely perfect for children and adults of all ages. With such a wide variety of fun things to see and do out at the Agrodome, it's safe to bet that you and the children will love it.
Rotorua Duck Tours
"You haven't seen Rotorua until you've seen it on a Duck!"
Rotorua Duck Tours is the best way to see and learn about Rotorua by land and water. There are 18 lakes in the Rotorua area surrounded by native New Zealand bush, the most memorable way to see it is by Duck. Jump on board the Duck.. Part car, part boat! Nothing really beats driving straight from the road into the lakes!
One of Rotorua's newest attraction have arrived and it's amazing! Flip out Rotorua, fun for the whole family! Flipout is a great way to keep the kids endlessly entertained and ready for a BIG night sleep afterwards (hopefully)! The best thing about Flipout is it's perfect for us Adults too! Get a fun work out in while the kids bounce their hearts away.
Paradise Valley Wildlife Park
Paradise Valley is one of our favourite places to go with the kids. Lions, Trout Pools, Farm Animals, Native Birds.. This place almost has it all! If you come at the right time of year they have little baby lion cubs that you can pat, play with and take a photo with- all under the supervision of their expertly trained staff. Lion feeding is at 2pm daily and we highly recommend watching this... it's awesome!
Amazeme is amazing! Not only is there 1.4km of winding hedge to get lost in, there are animals, games and even a BBQ for the whole family to enjoy. Take a seat parents and let the kids go wild! The first time we went out for a visit the Manager made it to the centre in great time while the rest of us raced to the centre (LOL)! Great fun and a great workout for Children and Adults of all ages. An outing with a picnic lunch on a warm day, sounds like the perfect day out to us!
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As our national icon, the kiwi is a must-see for any traveller to New Zealand. Sadly, these wonderful flightless birds are endangered, threatened by animals that were introduced to the country when it was colonised. The good news is that us Kiwis do love our kiwis, and there are many sanctuaries and conservation projects that have been set up to protect the birds. Currently there’s about 70000 left in the country.
You are more likely to see a kiwi in captivity than in the wild, particularly because they are nocturnal (and shy!). Here are a few places to find kiwis whilst visiting Rotorua and the North Island.
Rainbow Springs joined the "Operation Nest Egg" breeding programme in 1995 and are now the leading kiwi hatchery in the country. There are “behind the scenes” tours every hour but we recommend keeping your ticket and coming back in the evening to see kiwi in the open air aviary – they come out around 8.30pm.
Te Puia, Rotorua
There are live kiwis living in the grounds of Te Puia, which also has a breeding programme. Visit the specially lit nocturnal kiwi house to see some of the birds. Once they reach maturity they are moved to the outdoor enclosures to breed.
An hour and half drive from Rotorua and close to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, the Otorohanga Kiwi House is well worth a stop. They have been looking after kiwis since the early 70s. Home to New Zealand’s largest dome aviary, they also have tuataras, a native reptile that pre-dated the dinosaurs. Otorohanga town is also home to a few giant kiwi sculptures!
If you make it down to our capital city Wellington, check out Zealandia, an amazing eco-sanctuary that is home to some of NZ’s rarest wildlife. The best time to see kiwi is on a night tour – these depart 30 minutes before sunset and allow you to glimpse kiwi in a natural environment. If you can’t visit at night, kiwis are also kept in captivity at Wellington Zoo.
For a full list of places to see kiwis in New Zealand, check out the website Kiwisforkiwi.org.
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Rotorua has one of the most concentrated and dramatic geothermal areas in the world - multi-storey high geysers, crazy coloured mineral pools and steam wafting over cauldrons of boiling mud.
Here are our top five geothermal experiences to check out during your stay in Rotorua.
For raw power, get up close and personal with the famously huge Pohutu geyser, regularly erupting to 30m! You can walk through yourself or take a guided tour and get that sense of connection with the land and the people. Also the place to come to watch master carvers and weavers at work.
References to the underworld are everywhere in Rotorua and at Hells Gate you can see why - sulphur and heat combine to form a landscape that is definitely out of this world! Hot waterfalls, steaming craters and seething fumaroles. Have a soak in a mud bath spa - a truly surreal way to unkink your muscles after a hard day's sightseeing.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley has won numerous well deserved awards for eco-tourism in New Zealand. It's really unspoilt nature at its best. You can take a short walk or spend the day, either on your own or hire a guide. You can also arrange a boat cruise on beautiful Lake Rotomahana past bizarre steaming cliffs!
Kuirau Park Geothermal Reserve is free. Like most parks it has beautiful gardens, a duck pond and a playground. An added bonus are the boiling pools of mud, sputtering vents, huffing steam and even a crater lake. Kick off your shoes and soak your feet in one of the hot mineral footpools.
Wai-O-Tapu is an area of extreme geothermal activity. The walks offer startling views of a whole host of colorful, bubbling, steaming, and stinky attractions. The Champagne Pool is the crown jewel - 260 degrees Celsius (500 F), with shocking oranges and emerald greens, it's a photographer’s dream!
Find out more about what to do and see in Rotorua.