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Green jungle near Rotorua

On April 26th a few friends of mine and I have been to Rotorua. And hey, the day became even much more fun than we had thought. How come?

Of course, the weather wasn’t on our side and it was rainy all day long but we wouldn’t have been stopped by ugly wet autumn weather, no panic.

But maybe the car, which obviously wasn’t the latest model and made some strange noises, could have thwarted our plans. But that story had a happy ending, too.

After all the main problems had been eliminated the only challenge was to find a good spot to begin with our sightseeing/adventure tour.

On our way to Rotorua we passed the Agrodome, a centre with a lot of adventurous activities to experience.

Rotorua Museum
After a stop and a short first look around we decided to come back for some more ‘crazy stuff’ in the afternoon because who knew if we would be able to arrive at Rotorua after a bungy jump, a Swoop or a Freefall Extreme?

Hence off we went to Rotorua, a city surrounded by volcanos and known for its healing baths. So, that’s why the city is known for its totally strong and characteristic smell of sulphur because a lot of open wells dominate the area in and around Rotorua. By the way, Rotorua is the Maori word for 'second lake'.

The city is one of New Zealand’s cultural centres and very popular among tourists. No real surprise, though.

The Rotorua Museum, which is an ancient (now restored) bathhouse from 1907 offers a deep view into native Maori culture and is an architectural joy as well!

Some steamy sulphur wells are located not far from the museum - " take a breath! It’s a pity that photos or videos can’t transport that typical smell in our living rooms at home when we’re showing our photos to curious relatives and friends.

Just imagine the sulphur smell ...

Another interesting activity we did was just normal window-shopping but thanks to many art galleries and different gift shops it wasn’t boring at all.

Okay, back to the Agrodome experience.

Everybody, who loves extreme challenges, will love that place. It’s great but not really cheap fun. You can challenging yourself with a bungy jump from a 43 m high crane, an awesome unattached body flying experience, an unstoppable downhill ride inside a Zorb, a fast Agrojet ride and some other ‘neat little’ attractions.

We tried out the Swoop, which is a 130-kph flight through the air - " just breathtaking and shaking!    

All in all the Rotorua adventure trip was an interesting, funny and completely surprising day! And there are still so much more new spots and activities to explore …

Real_PeaceWarrior says:
Another place to add to the 'must' see list
Posted on: Jun 27, 2009
free08 says:
I think I would have to pass this one.
Posted on: Mar 07, 2009
wsquare says:
"unattached body flying experience" ?? This sounds more scary than bungy jumping...!
Posted on: Feb 24, 2009
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Green jungle near Rotorua
Green jungle near Rotorua
Rotorua Museum
Rotorua Museum
Just imagine the sulphur smell ...
Just imagine the sulphur smell ...
Somebody has to supervise our bags…
Somebody has to supervise our bag…
Flying in a Swoop
Flying in a Swoop
Rotorua Sights & Attractions review
Agrodome – A paradise for fearless people
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