It’s funny how much we re-did from our first trip, when we went back in 2019, as we had more time and our own car. One of the things we did not do was the RePo Cultural Centre…so much other stuff that was better! We did however do the Tamaki Dinner and took our good cameras too
We then went on to Rotorua and had lunch at Te Po Cultural Centre, also visited the Pohutu Geyser and Wairewarewa Mud pools, very interesting. Visited the weaving and the carving schools, where students still learn these crafts. We watched as students worked on an enormous carving for Gallipoli 100 year celebration which is to be finished and then sent to Gallipoli.
We were then dropped off for our afternoon at the Polynesian Spa. We spent an hour going from pool to pool in the private spa area (there is also a general public pool) temps ranged from 36C, 38, 40, 42C (Bloody hot!) we then had a luxurious 60 minute relaxation massage. We then went back to the hotel for a quick shower and change before we were collected again for the Tamaki Hangi and Maori Cultural evening. Really very good, the forest and huts symbolizing their village were great, as were the demonstrations of the different crafts and resources, as well as games. Great fun by all. There was also a video of their history and a concert, followed by dinner. Food was relatively plain, but there was plenty of it. I didn’t take my good camera, as I didn’t think we could take shots, so I only had the small one.