Q&A with Mericia Waqanimaravu from Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Essential Kiwi words to learn…
Kia ora! (Key-Ah Oar-Raa) a simple greeting of ‘Hello’ in Te Reo Maori (Maori Language), Howzit? Slang for how are you or how is it going?

To see native New Zealand wildlife I go to…
Whale Watch Kaikōura, or Diveworks Charters Whales and Dolphin Watch in Whakatane.

The one NZ city you must visit is…
Rotorua! From bubbling mud to lakes, hikes, mountain biking trails, spas/pools, geothermal and adventure, something for everyone in one location, our little HOT SPOT!

For a spectacular sunrise you can’t beat…
Lake Tarawera in Rotorua. In fact any lake in Rotorua has spectacular sunrises.

The kids will love visiting…
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland followed by a visit to nearby Waikite Valley Thermal Pools for a hot swim afterwards, even in summer it is super cool!

When I want to connect with nature, I…
Simply go the Redwoods Forest or any of our great lakes in Rotorua.

Kiwi kai (food) you need to try …
Kina! (Sea Urchin) straight from the shell is awesome! For those a little less adventurous, you can’t go past a good hangi and steam pudding with custard at any of our cultural experiences.

My favourite hiking trail has to be…
Tokoarangi Pa Track in the Red-woods Forest in Rotorua or around the Blue Lake are both great.

For a perfect day at the beach, I go to…
Maketu Beach – a whanau favourite for generations with a great feed of Fish & Chips whilst there!

The tastiest beer or glass of wine comes from…
Volcanic Hills Winery while in Rotorua, or my favourite is an Endeavour Chardonnay from Clearview Estate in the Hawkes Bay.

NZ’s yummiest icecream can be found at…
Lady Jane’s Ice Cream Parlour on Eat Streat in Rotorua, great range and delectable too!

For a spectacular road trip…
Thermal Explorer Highway from Auckland to Napier! Great way to see the North Island and all our great attractions and activities along the way... we can’t wait to see you!

When people visit my hometown of Rotorua the highlight is…
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland! And the people! You can’t beat the warm Rotorua manaakitanga.

I love living in New Zealand because…
It is where I am from, my whakapapa and my slice of paradise! That’s why I love to share it with the world.

Lake-Ngakoro

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