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I won my way to Rotorua (with photos)

posted 15-5-2010 @ 09:45 PM www
I won my way to Rotorua (with photos)

Kia ora.

Iíve just arrived back from four amazing days in Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand. I was part of 50 NSW winners and their partners of a competition to indulge in either a Thrill Me, Free Me or Pamper Me package to experience what Rotorua and region has to offer. There was every type of extreme sport/activity to be had and for me (Pamper Me) every type of sensory overload experience. Hot pools, massage, yacht cruising, float plane flying, swimming, luxurious resorts, eating, eating, and did I mention eating? To start the holiday we all enjoyed a splendid Maori Cultural Show and ate an enormous buffet afterwards, which set the tone for the next few days. We visited three luxury lodges, Treetops Lodge (a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World), Solitaire Lodge and Lake Okareka Lodge where Steven Spielberg has been a guest. Prices at these lodges are about $1,000 per person per night!!

Air New Zealand flies directly to Rotorua twice a week and the competition was run by Destination Rotorua to promote the flights to Sydney siders.

Oooh, I could do with another hydro massage right now . . .

Link to photos:
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posted 15-5-2010 @ 09:47 PM www

sounds awesome and very relaxing :)
posted 15-5-2010 @ 09:48 PM www

Great photos. Looks like a amazing time.
posted 15-5-2010 @ 09:50 PM www

Sounds awesome!!! LOVE the pics, TY for sharing!

posted 15-5-2010 @ 09:54 PM www

I had a look at your pics, NZ is such a beautiful place!
Looks like you had fun :)

posted 15-5-2010 @ 10:01 PM www

Wow Zen, looks beautiful! Sounds like you managed to pack a lot into your short trip. Thanks for the pics.
posted 15-5-2010 @ 10:15 PM www

You lucky bugga! I loved Rotorua, so much to do!
posted 15-5-2010 @ 10:18 PM www

Excellent piccies. Looks like you had a great time!

posted 15-5-2010 @ 11:04 PM www

Sounds like you had an amazing experience & your photo's are beautiful.

posted 15-5-2010 @ 11:45 PM www

An appropriate place, for an appropriately named lottoer:)
Glad you had such a lovely time, Zen. Thanks for sharing...
posted 16-5-2010 @ 12:14 AM www

great photos of a beautiful place , looks like a great time was had too
posted 16-5-2010 @ 10:17 AM www

What lovely pics, Glad to see the hangi making has improved since Ive left.. :) Looks beautiful, Glad you loved it , How did you find the smell of Rotorua ? xxxxxxxxxx
posted 16-5-2010 @ 10:17 AM www

We lived in nz for many years and we have visited rotorua amazing place many times. Five years ago we went to rotorua we had so much fun, the smell gets to you at first, geysers are great, scenery it beautiful. Well done a great prize.
posted 16-5-2010 @ 04:06 PM www

keanas-ma, yes the smell does get up your nose! We were staying close to the geothermal area and it was particularly bad in the bathroom. Hubby says Rotorua is the only place in the world you can fart and get away with it :P

On another note, I was speaking to one of the organisers and he said they had over 2,000 wol entries which he had to read. The comp was only for NSW so imagine how many entries Australia wide comps get :o

posted 16-5-2010 @ 06:38 PM www

Loved your slideshow zen! What a wonderful time you've had! Thanks for sharing!
posted 16-5-2010 @ 07:32 PM www

It looks like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing
posted 16-5-2010 @ 07:50 PM www

Looks magical!!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Great slideshow!!!:):)

posted 17-5-2010 @ 09:21 AM www

looks great, do you remember what your 25 words were?
posted 17-5-2010 @ 11:58 AM www

Thanks for sharing your photos :)

posted 17-5-2010 @ 12:03 PM www

my husband had an awesome time too... he went as a winner on the free me package and he took along his bff...appartently they had a ball!!
looks like you did too!
we are looking forward to going back as a family now...
posted 31-5-2011 @ 09:04 PM www

Thanks for sharing your photos, they are amazing.
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