Rotorua and Tamaki Village
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We flew from Queenstown to Rotorua via Christchurch on Air New Zealand. On the way, we saw breathtaking views of the Remarkables mountain range, Mount Aspiring and Mount Cook. An interesting part of the flight was that one of our flight attendants was also featured on the safety video. I had definitely noticed her before the video as she was very tall and quite striking. Then while standing in the aisle with her head next to the monitor, I could clearly tell that she was the same person on the video. She smiled as if to say "yes, that is me". But what made this even more amusing was that the video was performed in the nude with the uniforms painted on because Air New Zealand uses local artist Gin Wigmore's song "Under My Skin" in the video and in their ad campaign.
We landed in Rotorua and took a shuttle to our hotel, which was located right next to Lake Rotorua. This area is known for their geothermal activity with boiling springs, so there is very noticeable smell of sulfur in the air. You get used to it, but occasionally you will get a blast of it when you open a door or turn a certain corner. Our hotel was located within walking distance of the beautiful Rotorua Museum area. Besides the beautiful Tudor inspired museum building itself, this area has several gardens, impeccably manicured lawn bowling fields, various large trees, and the Blue Bathhouse.
We then went to the Realm of Tane, a production about the Maori story of creation, which was located directly between our hotel and the Rotorua Museum area. The play is about a granddaughter learning the story of creation and the ways of the Maori people from her grandmother. A guide also educates you on the Maori's use and benefits of wild herbs and lets you sample three the form of chutneys.
From the Realm of Tane, we took a bus ride to Tamaki Village. Our bus driver, Ngata, was hilarious. He could remember all of our names and where we were from and he could put on accents from around the world and sing songs in many different languages.