(Travel) What to eat & What to do in Rotorua, New Zealand?

by - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

If you have yet to read my first post on Hamilton, click HERE to read on!
Oh yes, this is the second New Zealand travel post!
Glad you all are still here supporting me!

 Apparently, Rotorua is way more attractive than Hamilton.
I got to experience more in Rotorua.

Second post a.k.a. second city : -
Rotorua, New Zealand

 How can I not explore this small town?

It is definitely within walking distance.
Everywhere is just so serene and peaceful.
Cold....as well.


 We found this highly rated Japanese restaurant in town.

Place to go for FOOD:

Yamato Japanese Restaurant

It is operated by Japanese and attracted a lot of tourists and locals to dine-in here.

 Hotate (Scallop) Fringe.

 Fried Beancurd.

 Unagi Bento set.

 Salmon Hotpot.

 Oyako Don.

Grilled Squid.

 Katsu Don.

Yamato Japanese Restaurant
1123, Pukuatua Street,
Rotorua Central,

Operating hours: 12pm to 2pm; 6pm to 9pm (Close on Mondays)
 Shall continue with city view.

New Zealand is just oh-so-beautiful.
As I always mention, everywhere is like a painting.

 This is the Rotorua Tourist Centre.

In case you have any queries, you may drop your questions here.

 If you are into pork cuisine, you may try this restaurant.

It is another highly rated bistro in Rotorua.

Place to go: 
Agrodome, Rotorua

 The tickets per Adult is selling at NZD66 per pax (Farm Show + Farm Tour).

In 1970, world champion sheep shearer Godfrey Bowen was asked to produce a show to represent New Zealand at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan. The ‘Sheep Show’ was such a hit that Godfrey - together with his friend and fellow farmer George Harford – decided to create a permanent home for it. The Agrodome opened its doors to tourists and Kiwis alike in 1971.

Godfrey and George were ultimately both awarded MBEs from the Queen for outstanding service and achievement. Over the years, the show has been delivered by some of New Zealand’s very best sheep shearers. Like Ivan Bowen, 5 times world champion!

The Agrodome became so well loved that another show, a cattle show, was created on a site by Queenstown’s beautiful Shotover River. It ran for almost 20 years. In 1980, a devastating fire completely destroyed the first Agrodome building. But in true Kiwi ‘she’ll be right’ style, while the building was still smouldering, Ivan Bowen said, “the show must go on” and performed his famous sheep show on a hillside, to an audience of over 100!

In 1983, Warren Harford and Paul Bowen, the sons of the original founders of the Agrodome, joined the Agrodome team and started the second generation of this family business.

The Agrodome’s famous show has been so enjoyed over the years that we have been invited to perform in many countries and at many significant international events. The Agrodome team even helped the Mother Farm Group establish a similar show in Tokyo, Japan!

The Agrodome has won the coveted New Zealand Tourism Award for the New Zealand's Best Visitor Attraction a number of times, and we have been awarded more than once for our outstanding service and contribution to the New Zealand Tourism Industry. The Agrodome is not just a fun visitor attraction; it is also a real 350-acre (160-hectare) working sheep and cattle farm with 1200 sheep and 120 beef cattle.

(Source: HERE)

There are two gift shops here for you to get any souvenirs that you desire, including wool products.

 Before the start of the Farm Show, this brilliant dog was performing on how to be a true shepherd.

 I love dogs and this is one cute and obedient dog.

 Wonder why is this sheep giving me this kind of expression.

 Different species of sheep have different uses.
Some are for the meat, some are for the wool.

Glad to be able to see so many species at one go.

 Sheep Shearing was being performed on the stage.

It wasn't as cruel as shown on the internet.
Those with skills will not cause any harmful effects to the sheep.

 We get to milk the cow too!

 Of course, the kids get to feed the baby lambs. 

Cutesy I must say!

 His name is Blue.

Another shepherd.

 It is just SO CUTE!

The fur is also fluffy!
Trust me, the fur of the Adult sheep isn't that fluffy at all.
A little too rough.

 Let the farm tour begins!

 First to visit us is this cow.

It looks as if it is with Mascara and Eyeliner on though.
Such a pretty cow.

 Sheep and more sheep.

I was surrounded by pack of sheep.

 Next up, Alpacas!

 I like this photo the most.

Alpacas are really photogenic.

They actually stopped for my camera.
Hey, this Alpaca has more swag than you.
Just look at its fringe.

 Besides that, we got to try the Kiwi Nectar.

 As well as Honey.

No, it isn't Manuka Honey but Flower Honey as well.

Do you know Manuka is a type of flowers that is very common in New Zealand?

 Place to go: -
Lake Rotorua

 It isn't hard to spot swans and ducks around the lake.

 It is really magnificent with the beautiful view and serene environment.

Lake Rotorua is the second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand by surface area, and covers 79.8 km2. With a mean depth of only 10 metres it is considerably smaller than nearby Lake Tarawera in terms of volume of water. It is located in the Bay of Plenty region. The city of Rotorua is sited on its southern shore, and the town of Ngongotaha is at the western edge of the lake.

(Source: Wikipedia)


 Place to go: -
Rotorua Museum

This museum was a bath house way back then.

The colonials found out about the goodness of Hot Spring but back then, they don't call it as Hot Spring.
They built this bath house to provide "Magical Water" for treatment instead.

For only NZD 20 per pax for Adults, you get to visit this museum.

Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward felt that more tourist traffic from overseas could be attracted if the country’s health resorts were promoted. He placed the administration of Rotorua, then a small settlement of just 2,000 people, in the hands of the newly created Department of Tourist and Health Resorts, and in 1907 that department assumed complete control of the town.
The creation of Rotorua as a tourist and health centre controlled by the Government was a unique, ambitious and costly project.

Besides History, this museum was displaying some of the masterpieces from the famous artists, like Walter Bakkenes.

This is my favourite piece.

It combines the evil, the goodness and the sentimental.

The story of the administration of the Bath House is also unusual. Although it was a medical facility until 1947, it was managed by the Department of Tourist and Health Resorts. By 1922, the year the Government relinquished control and the town became a borough, Rotorua had grown into an important tourist town.
In its heyday the spa gave “from sixty to eighty thousand baths annually, and about thirty thousand special treatments”*. A Railways brochure of the day urged people to take a trip to “Cureland”. (Source: Better Health – a Better Holiday – Rotorua Railways Publicity Branch c. 1935).

This is a used bath tub.

As I mentioned, this museum was a bath house back then.
Pictures and videos were shown to illustrate the story better.

The structure of the "bath house" was properly kept to illustrate the history better.

I can still smelt the smell of Sulphur in this museum.

Dr Wohlmann describes the treatments available at the Bath House:
“In regard to the kind of baths suitable for different cases, there can be no hard-and-fast rules. Two cases of the same complaint may require two totally different kinds of treatment, but the following generalisations may be of service:

“Priest – Cases of general rheumatism and gout with fairly sound hearts; cases of lumbago and sciatica; cases of chronic dyspepsia, especially when associated with cold hands and feet.
“Rachel – Many cases of eczema and psoriasis; all cases mentioned under Priest not able to stand stronger waters; many cases of insomnia and nervous irritability; some forms of kidney mischief.
“Mud – Almost all forms of painful affections that require a soothing application; some forms of insomnia and nervous irritability.
“Complete vapour – Similar cases to those mentioned under Priest; certain forms of kidney-trouble.
“Local vapour – Obstinately stiff or painful single joints or limbs.
“Aix massage and other douches – Most cases of stiffness, weakness, and local wasting left as a result of gout, rheumatism, or injury – most cases, in fact, of gout, rheumatism, and rheumatoid arthritis when the acute stage is passed and only the results are left; certain forms of neuritis and neuralgia; nervous debility and hysteria; many forms of dyspepsia, especially with engorged liver; piles. In conjunction with gymnastics and movements – many cases of deformity due to muscular weakness; most cases of dyspepsia and constipation.
“The undercurrent douche is especially useful in sciatica and various neuralgias, also in pain and stiffness of the joints, and in certain forms of liver-disorder.
“The swimming baths have their use in enabling patients with stiff joints to take free exercise without bearing their weight on a limb.
“Electric baths – most cases of true rheumatoid arthritis in the acute and subacute stages; many forms of debility and nervous exhaustion; some forms of sciatica.
“High-frequency treatment is used where a general tonic or alternative effect is required, in neuralgia, in certain skin-affections, and in cases of high blood-pressure.
“X-ray – This is used for diagnostic purposes, and in some skin-diseases.
“Vibratory massage – This is a mechanical form of vibration, worked at varying speeds and amplitudes by an electric motor…..used more especially in cases of neuralgia, headache, and some forms of dyspepsia.
“Greville hot-air baths – In these a portion of the body, generally a limb or portion of a limb, is immersed in air heated by electricity up to 400 degrees or even 500 degrees F. The treatment is most effectual in cases of obstinate effusion into joints, as well as in stiff or painful joints generally.
“Plombieres douche – Chronic colitis and arthritic diseases of the intestinal colon.
“Bergonie treatment – Obesity, constipation.
“Orthopaedic apparatus – Stiff joints which are no longer inflamed.
“Radium emanation water – Gout, high-blood pressure, constipation, diabetes.”
AS Wohlmann, The Mineral Waters and Health Resorts of New Zealand, 1914.

(Source: HERE)

That's all for the second NZ post!
Third post will be up soon!
Be sure to read on!

Eggie Jiayeen

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