Flight Centre's Lisa Easton wins a trip to Rotorua in New Zealand. Lisa's vacation includes an overdose of adrenaline with numerous adventure activities. Lisa also experiences the local Maori culture and the geothermal hot springs.
I won a trip to New Zealand! Finding out that I was going in forty eight hours was a huge buzz! There were ten of us and we all met in Cairns to board the Direct Virgin Blue flight to Auckland. It was a great flight departing in the evening. We were able to get a few hours sleep before arriving in Auckland at 6am. In Auckland we hired two vans and then we were off on our road trip to Rotorua – stopping along the way in Hamilton for a well deserved coffee and breakfast. The scenery was fantastic and it was amazing how green New Zealand is.
We arrived in Rotorua and after checking in at the Millennium Hotel we enjoyed the amazing view from our room of Lake Rotorua. We only had three days to pack in heaps of fun. On our first night we enjoyed a Maori performance and traditional dinner at Te Puia - New Zealand's premier Maori culture and geothermal visitor experience. We even got to see the geysers exploding in the national park.
We were up early the next day and after a wonderful buffet breakfast at the Millennium Hotel we started our day at the Agrodome Sheep Show, which was very interesting. Who would have thought that there could be at least nineteen difference breeds of sheep! Next we moved onto the jet boat on Lake Rotorua. Well, what an adrenaline rush when you are speeding across the lake with plenty of turns and spins. It was one hour on the water and fun all the way! We then moved onto the Agrodome adventure park where I rode the “Swoop”. You are literally raised 40 metres high then plunged towards the ground at 130 kilometres per hour – definitely a heart stopper! It was so much fun. I then went on to master Freefall Xtreme. This is the closest thing to flying. You fly suspended four metres above a wind tunnel. It is the only one in the southern hemisphere so it is a must do experience and you get an amazing hairstyle out of it too. We then rode the Skyline gondola up to the stunning view over the lake and town and enjoyed the thrilling ride down the mountain on the luge. It was so much fun we rode the luge three times. To relax after a full day of fun we soothed our bodies in the Polynesian Spa enjoying the hot minerals springs. Later we went and had a delicious Indian buffet meal.
On the last day in New Zealand we topped off the adventures at Off Road NZ with the ultimate 4WD adventure called Bush Safari. We drove ourselves to a rugged trail in the thick New Zealand forest. We came across muddy holes, bridges and even a six metre vertical drop! It was amazing what the little 4WD could do. The only bad part about the vacation was that it had to come to an end. It was a fantastic way to end our adventures in Rotorua!
Looking for more information about Rotorua and the adventures that are available in New Zealand? Contact [email]text=Lisa Easton[/email], an International Travel Consultant with Flight Centre based in Townsville, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 286 469 or by [email]text=email[/email].