Rotorua Travel Blog› entry 14 of 38 › view all entries
This day we went to the whakarewarewa thermal reserve. This is in the rotorua area.
Rotorua is a smallish city on the shores of Lake Rotorua. The surrounding areas are a geothermal wonderland, with geysers, boiling mud pools, and steaming craters - accompanied by the pervasive smell of sulphur. Rotorua is also a showcase of Maori cultural activities.
We had the whole day to see what we wanted to see. We visited first the Maori village and had a look at a small show. We should see the whole show in the evening. After this we walked aroud the mudholes and the geysers.
In the evening we were introduced to the Maori. After this traditional Maori welcome and challenge by fierce warriors, we had to have a "chief" ourselves, it is going to be Jos. (not me).
Then we took our seats in the front and saw there MAI ORA show. I liked the show. You will be entertained with traditional songs, dances and stories of the Maori. We saw the seductiveness of the Poi dance, the ferocity of the haka, (war dance) and the complexity of Tititorea, the stick games. It was at least remarkeble.
After the show we had the opportunity to take pictures from- and with them. I chose the most lovely lady of the group :). We also get a dinner from the Maori. This is also included in the MAI ORA show.
Back in the hotel I took a spa and sauna and after that Jos and I went to Paul and Serena for a drink (or two..)