A welcome retreat from the rat race

A girl’s weekend away seemed just the right sort of holiday during a wet dismal winter in 2009. The three of us all lived in differing parts of New Zealand so choosing Rotorua wasn’t a difficult choice. Hot pools in winter time always seem so enticing and Rotorua has more than its fair share.

We left early on the Friday morning stopping in Matamata to collect our friend & then headed for Rotorua only one hour away. WorldMark Rotorua is situated on Lake Rotorua at Hamurana, and is an idyllic spot. Only 15 minutes from Rotorua itself, it is the perfect spot to unwind and relax.

On arrival we found to our delight that our chalet was situated right on the canal, so feeding the swans was definitely the thing to do. Outside our chalet the Ohau Channel flows into Lake Rotorua. This area is famous for its trout fishing, there is even a fishing club where folk gather to clean their fish & weigh their catches. We were lucky enough to be there when some were caught. I took some photos of the catch & was rewarded with a lovely trout for dinner!

Next day we headed into town. We visited the renowned Blue Baths in the Govt Gardens, checked out the audio visual display and booked ourselves into a dinner/ musical theatre showing that night. That proved to be a treat in itself, with the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ held inside around the baths themselves giving an eerie & life like atmosphere to that wonderful opera.

Sunday morning found us lying poolside & even in October it was warm enough to plunge in. WorldMark Rotorua lies in an especially tranquil & picturesque part of Rotorua, close enough to the city but quiet & peaceful to feel away from it all. Great spot to stay, great service & for we three a welcome retreat from the rat race. Thanks for the memories.


WorldMarkSP: Rotorua is very enticing during the Summer months too! Apart from the excellent fishing conditions, does anyone have activities and recommendations to share with other Owners?

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