Shop decor and gardening

Succulents are the rage in recent years and they are easier to manage than vertical greenery.

In Rotorua, near Te Puia, we came across an exciting Food Streat, in an otherwise unexciting shopping area.

Instead of eating at the Te Puia, we drove 5 mins back to the city centre. Although along the way you can spot a Carl’s Junior burger joint, McDonald’s and some Chinese and sushi restaurants.

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Eat Streat in the City Centre has Italian, Thai, Indian, British pub food which opens till past lunch time. The Italian was closed by 2pm.

Here we are at CBK, which has a grill, surf n turf, including hand scooped ice cream milkshakes.

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But the greenery at Atticus Finch next door caught my eye. Natural and needing little maintenance. You can mix with sedum and even Indian borage.

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Hung below the signage to draw attention.
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Encheaveria need trimming and propagating when they become too straggly.
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Day 7 Rotorua Government Gardens and Rotorua Museum

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The government gardens is a public park with bowling lawns and flowers.

Cast iron filigree band rotunda built in 1900s during Victorian era.

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There’s a Tudor style Rotorua Museum and Blue Spa reminiscent of the early days when Rotorua was a destination for Europeans to cure their illness in public baths.

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The Bath house was built in the 1880s for Europeans seeking cures from the thermal pools. After the great Depression, the bath houses were converted to cabaret bars and today became the Rotorua Museum.

In the 1930s, the blue baths were one of the first in the world to offer mixed gender swimming and heated pools.

To create a English Victoria garden, topsoil was moved here in the 1930s to create a landscape of a grand scale with a formal lawn for croquet and bowling and informal intimate corners for a respite from the cares of life.

Scrub was removed, thousands of trees transplanted to create a Victoria style landscaping. We enjoy flowers so find this very pretty with rose bushes and sea gulls.

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Spring flowers
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NZ Day 6-8 Rotorua

On Day 6 we checked out of our Hamilton lodgings and drove to Rotorua. Arriving at the Rotorua lodging was a pleasant surprise. It was a bigger town with several fast food outlets.
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Redwoods Tree Walk
Long Mile Rd, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Absorb the greenery of talk trees and have a picnic if you may. There’s a 30 min walk, or 1.5hr walk. We did a 30 min walk and took many photos.

If we’re ever back again , will do a 3hr walk. There were times when we felt alone in the forest although occasionally we see a few ladies walking through. It gives the impression of being a safe place.

Next time I’ll grab a picnic with me. The tree top walk is $25 per adult. Feels quite short distance although enjoyable.

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Photo taken by Emma and Chloe.
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Our friends brought their children to see sheep shearing at the Agrodome (http://www.agrodome.co.nz/)
141 Western Rd, 3010, New Zealand

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We visit “Te Puia” to see the geyser and bumbling mud bath. This was at Hemo Rd, Tihiotonga, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

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Te Puia is a beautiful geothermal area with bubbling mud, pools of boiling water and stunning geysers. Bluish pool at Rotorua, Te Puia gets its blue color from the minerals dissolved in it. The water is highly alkaline and around 30-50 degrees Celsius.

It’s used as a bathing pool by residents of Te Whakarewarewa Village and still a favourite swimming place for the 60 current descendants of the original inhabitants. The small mounds on the north-west side of the lake are stumps of manuka trees.

Highlight was to see the eruption of the Pohutu geyser which erupted as high as 30m and erupts once or twice every hour. Initially we saw the eruption of the Prince of Wales Feathers which is an indicator geyser letting you know when Pohutu will next erupt.

Mud from thermally heated mud pools was used by the Maori to treat a variety of ailments such as arthritis and rheumatism and to cleanse skin.
Rotorua’s reputation as a spa town began in 1878 when an Irish priest with bad arthritis bathed there and declared himself cured and walked 65km home to Tauranga.

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95 degrees Celsius. Also known as frog pool as the plopping mud sounds like leaping frogs.

I’ve come to expect that most New Zealand sites are very expensively priced. The tickets are $52 for the geyser experience and the kiwi centre and Maori village.

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We didn’t get a guide. Is there one? You are paying for a walk through and viewing the geyser shoot up. The kiwi centre is badly maintained as there’s only one kiwi. Since kiwi is nocturnal, the lights are very dim and if the glass pane is not properly cleaned it’s quite difficult to see the bird.
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Beautifully carved House of Learning where traditions and protocol is passed on.
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Suggestion for eating places: Eat Streat

As for the Maori village, the signage was not well done and was a disappointment since I’m interested to know more about New Zealand flora and fauna and more about Maori culture.

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I love the pretty gardens in all our home stays with rose bushes, rosemary and lemon trees.

Stayed
3 Tete St, Westbrook, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand