Starting off our first family Dreamtrip in Oceania over the next 4 days. Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture. Trip highlights are a Geothermal Hangi Experience, Maori Cultural Performance, Sheep Show, NZ Riverjet, NZ Thermal Safari Excursion and Glowworm Caves! We can’t wait to see all of them! We are also very grateful to have this amazing trip fully paid for by WorldVentures.
Thank you WV. ❤️ Let the adventures begin!
Day 1: Welcome Dinner in Auckland
VIP welcome and dinner for Dreamtrippers!
Birthday celebration for a fellow dreamtripper. Happy birthday!
Day 2: Travel from Auckland to Rotorua.
I am captivated by this rainbow which i see on the journey. Reminded me of an old time favourite song “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Judy Garland.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.
It’s cool to see smoke coming out from the ground but the smell is horrible. Our lunch are cooked by the heat that comes from the ground! After lunch, we are entertained by an awesome Maori cultural performance. Love the Haka dance!
Later on, our lunch (we had corn and chicken) would be cooked from these hot water springs!
Bringing my boys out to see the world makes me feel like the best educator in the world!
The Haka. It’s an empowering yet intimidating dance. No wonder All Blacks is the world’s rugby champs!
The Haka is a traditional war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition. The New Zealand sports teams’ practice of performing a haka before their international matches has made the haka more widely known around the world. – Wikipedia
First attempt on doing the haka pose. It is supposed to be intimidating but i looked funny.
Take two! Suppose to open my eyes wide together with my tongue out in mimicking the Haka pose. I guess my wife did what I failed to do. Look at her eyes.
Redwood is the #1 attraction in Rotorua on TripAdvisor! It is not on the itinerary of our Dreamtrip. We just swing by and took some photos.
The name for this place speaks for itself. 🙂
Green Lake & Blue Lake
After Redwoods, we visited another place that is not on the itinerary of our Dreamtrip. These two heavenly lakes are considered sacred places by the Maori people.
Day 3: The Agrodome Rotorua
We got to know NZ farm better today. Do you know that there’s 30 million sheep in NZ alone, not counting cattle and other livestocks?
My boys volunteered to feed the sheep during the sheep show. They said that they had to hold on tight to their bottles!
We finally got to touch a live sheep today…it felt like carpet. So comfortable.
Trying to take a wefie with the sheep. Seems like only one is interested. 🙁 Feeling meh!
In your face!
Visited a kiwi fruit plantation. Unfortunately, they are not ripe for picking 🙁 Awesome to see how kiwis are being grown.
RiverJet Down Waikato River
The Waikato River is captivating. It also carries along many Maori myths and legends. Today we are going down this beautiful river in a fast-speed craft and visit a geothermal park along the way.
It’s raining and we are feeling cold. However the land here is always hot. Another geothermal phenomenon!
On the way back, the boat captain did some crazy spins in high speed and my boys went crazy too. Probably their best experience for today!
Day 4: Waitomo Glowworm Caves
This is the third and final level of the cave…called the “Cathedral“.
The Cathedral is an enclosed area with rough surfaces, now paved, and is about 18 m high, giving it good acoustics. A number of famous singers and choirs have performed here. Our fun loving tour guide took this opportunity to sing us a Chinese song.
Amazing experience. There’s light even in the darkest place.
Buffet Lunch at Roseland Restaurant, Waitamo
After the Glowworm caves in Waitamo, you must swing by this place to get a nice BBQ steak and buffet lunch. I offer you 200% money back return if you are not satisfied with your steak. Such a beautiful place for lunch and fellowship!
Thick and juicy beef steak. You will love it!!!
Back to Auckland
After our sumptuous lunch, we are on our road back to Auckland. The journey back is about 2 hours and we checked into a wonderful hotel, Rendezvous Hotel Auckland. Our family went for the indoor thermal swimming pool immediately. Later in the evening, we have a farewell dinner.
Day 5: Home Sweet Home
We have a really cool buffet breakfast before heading home.
Thank you WorldVentures for creating beautiful memories for my family. 🙂