A Weekend in Rotorua

We finally got the opportunity to grab a little bit of R&R last weekend and went to Rotorua for the weekend. we have been busy at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast since Christmas 2010 and haven’t had a break. It wasn’t a major break ; just a teaser for a later one this August when the lure of the Pacific will come calling
We stayed at the Princess Gate Hotel .This is a bit of pure history in New Zealand.One kinda expects a ghost to be walking around. Although I hear room #29 has a history.
This is a real stunning old Hotel. Totally recommend it to anyone. The beds were comfortable and I was impressed with the feather topper pad on top of the mattress. Very nifty idea. I came home and copied the idea ! Went along to the Polynesian Pools and had the soak in the thermal pools. Soooooo good!
The old Bathhouse has been turned into a Museum and we found that a bit fascinating to walk around.
Had breakfast in the Fat Dog. People actually queue up to get inside. Unbelievable ! The owners have definitely tapped into a good thing there.
International Visitor Arrivals ending 22 April:
Total visitor arrivals are up by 2.3% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: , China 68%, Korea 16%, Canada 19%,
Japan 79%, USA 0.1%,
Downs: Singapore -3%, UK -23%, Australia -2%,

I personally would be happier if we could see more arrivals from our historical markets…. But that’s tourism !


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