Malaysian Chicken Curry (NZD20.90)
Their famous and signature dish! Something away from the western food. Being a Malaysian, this is not a fantastic curry but “yes, it is spicy” as the menu states. It’s a not bad dish, though.
|The rushing water before it falls|
|About 1 km of rushing water|
|The Huka Falls|
|The end where the falls stop falling|
Huka Prawn Park
Near the Huka Falls is a prawn park you can spend some time fishing prawn, park tour, prawn or fish feeding, etc.
Karetoto Road Wairakei, Taupo 3377, New Zealand
Tel: +64 07 374 8474
About 09:00 – 15:30, depending on the activity you want to do. Check the website for details.
Near Matamata town, there is a Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie location set. Coming to New Zealand, you have to visit something relating to Lord of the Rings and I would prefer visiting this place than the others.
Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours
501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, Matamata 3472
Tel: +64 7 888 1505
Admission: from NZD66 per person.
There is also pick up services from Matamata or Rotorua at an additional charge.
There’s alot to do in Rotorua but only have time for very few. Check out more at http://www.rotoruanz.com/
Rainbrow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park
|There are 2 parrots that says “hello” to you!|
|Kiwi “encounter” section|
The above are all replicas of the real Kiwi. We aren’t allowed to take photos of the real Kiwi which are in the dark room. There are night animals and are brought out to the field only at night. So, unless you return at night (return trips are included in the admission fee with no extra charges), otherwise the dark-room Kiwis are those you will see.
Additional fun: The playground and Big Splash!
|Unlimited ride of the Big Splash!|
Dinner in Rotorua
The most restaurants or diners you can find in Rotorua is at Tutanekai Street.
Well-known in Rotorua for its best beef experience! A place that I would too recommend.
1110 Tutanekai Street Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Tel: +64 07 347 9270
Hours: Everyday 11:30 – 14:00, 17:30 – 22:30
This place has been awarded every year since 2006 for its beef and lamb! Seriously, with such recognition, don’t you think it’s a must-try? We did try the various meats.
Poached Salmon Steak (NZD36.50)
A good slice of salmon fillet rested on parmesan risotto. The salmon is quite good.
Beer Battered Fish and Chips (NZD28.20)
The battered is tastier than the Auckland’s one. The fish also taste better. What’s with the potato in New Zealand? They are good!
Portobello and Kikorangi Blue Prime Eye Fillet (180gm NZD38.50)
This dish has bacon, potatos, mushrooms and beef on the plate. The bacon is a little hard and the potato is just normal but you won’t complaint about it after you tried the Portobello mushroom and the beef with a little dip on the sauce. We ordered it medium but I prefer it to be a little more “bloody” to give it a little more juiciness.
Kiwifruit Marinated Lamp Rump (NZD35.50)
Lamb ordered as medium well is good. It’s fresh and juicy that has no strong “lamb” smell. Honey roasted pumpkin and kumara are delicious too.
New Zealand’s Prime Hereford Eye Fillet (NZD38.50)
The beef is just good, accompanied with kumara crisp and roasted vegetables with manuka honey sauce.
While you are here, I also recommend that you leave some space in your stomach for desserts. You will miss them even after you left the restaurant.
Chocolate Dream (NZD13.80)
If you’re a chocolate lover, you will definitely love this. It’s so chocolatety that you feel like you’re eating chocolate bar. For me, it’s a little too sweet.
White Chocolate and Bailey’s Creme Brulee (NZD13.80)
This is the best creme brulee I’ve taken so far. The creme taste is strong with dairy which I love. It’s just that the sugar crust is a little too thick but yet not too sweet! Lovely dessert that I cannot stop eating even no matter how full you are from the main dish.
Blueberry and Ricotta Tart (NZD13.80)
If you’re going to order the above 2 desserts, don’t order this together. The stronger tastes of the earlier desserts will cover the flavour on this tart. It’s still nice if it’s being eaten on its own but I think it would be better with a little zesp of lemon into the tart will bring out the appetite for this dessert.
Accomodation: Malfroy Motor Lodge
51 Malfroy Road Victoria, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Tel: +64 07 346 8053
Price range: ~NZD45-50 per person (free limited internet usage available)
As Rotorua is famous for its geothermal mineral pool, to save some money, this place has its own mineral pool at around 41 degree celcius and a hot water pool at around 37 degree celcius. It’s a good place to dip and relax, especially during winter. ^^
You can book direct with the host but do remember to check for offers at tripadvisor or some other booking websites before making any reservations.
Te Whakarewarewa, The Living Thermal Village
This is a village with existing residentials locating above a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and bubbling hot pools.
|The village looks like it’s on fire but they are the thermal from the earth|
|Ancestral Meeting House|
|Boiling mud pool|
|Some photos of the Maori cultural performance|
Hangi lunch at the thermal village
Hangi means food cooked in the ground or an earth oven. The lunch is only served daily from 12:00 – 14:00.
Hangi Pie Meal (NZD18.50)
A pie consist of chicken, beef, kumara, carrots, etc. is delicious. The corn is sweet. You would want another!
Full Hangi Meal (NZD31)
Chicken, potato, kumara, corn, etc. The chicken is a little too dry for my taste. You would need more sauce to enjoy the meat.
Steamed pudding (come with each meal)
This is a sweet dessert with cocktail fruits. It’s rather nice but would be too full to finish after the main.
The Fish & Chip Shop
A shop recommended by Rotorua motel’s host, Ron. This shop is famous for its homemade beer batter.
49, Lake Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
Tel: +64 7 343 7400
Mon – Wed 11:00 – 19:30
Thurs – Sun 11:00 – 20:00
They have quite a range of things to eat, even the selection of type of fish for your fish & chips but of course would depend on what type of fish they have in store for you to choose from. However, there are limited seating place but you can always just take-away.
This is a set of 10 beer battered fish, 10 crabsticks and $10 fries for NZD50. The fish is really nice and crispy but I think if it’s fried a little longer, it’s better! The fries are good. Seriously, is it the potatoes in New Zealand are better? The crabstick is just so-so.
They have many different types of sauces that you need to buy them at NZD1-1.50 per sauce.