New Zealand Locations Guide

Short guides of what I liked and did not like about the many New Zealand locations that I visited. I said short guides so don't expect insider's tips and local's advices, just my honest opinion on each place that I visted in this amazing country. For thorough guides on almost every New Zealand areas, towns, national parks and much much more, go check out Backpackerguide.NZ

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Rotorua - North Island

Kuirau Park Wai-O-Tapu Maori Cultural Evening and Hangi
Free! $32.50 $110-120

Nothing says “Rotorua” like the smell of rotten eggs as you drive into the city. Thankfully, the pungent smell is actually sulphur caused by the geothermal activity in the area. Just take a walk around the Kuirau Park with the bubbling mud pools to see what I mean! The best geothermal park is at Wai-O-Tapu to see some multicoloured pools and silica terraces. Additionally, the Maori community in Rotorua provides the opportunity to learn more about the New Zealand culture from cultural performances to indulging in a hangi feast.