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Rapt with Rotorua

Thrills and spills

Our Thrill Me experience begins the next day with a range of extreme adventures at Agroventures, home to Rotorua’s fastest jet boating experience and Swoop, a giant swing with a 40-metre drop that takes you plummeting to earth at 130kmph. If that’s not enough to get the adrenaline pumping there’s also Freefall Extreme (a simulated free-fall over an upturned jet engine), the Shweeb (a pedal-powered monorail) and the Rotorua Bungy (minimum age 10 years).

Up the road at Agrodome is another Rotorua-must do: Zorb, the sport of rolling down a hill at high speed inside a giant inflatable sphere. There is a wide range of white water rafting and river jet operators nearby and yet another Kiwi adrenaline experience, Sledgeabout, going down waterfalls clinging to an inflatable air mattress.

Next on the agenda again are visits to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Wai O Tapu Geothermal Wonderland. The walk through Waimangu takes you past a boiling lake, bubbling boiling creeks (surprised the Kiwis haven’t invented hot water rafting yet) and the Inferno: a phosphorescent pale blue lake of sulphuric acid.

Wai O Tapu is home to a completely different set of natural wonders including the Champagne Lake, so named for the size of its bubbles. The colours are amazing, with the edges of this crater resembling bright orange coral and a centre of aqua-marine bubbling water.

My little Pamper Me experience is at Hells Gate Wai Ora Spa, where I’m treated to a 20-minute thermal mud bath, followed by a dip in thermal hot springs before a traditional Maori mirimiri massage, which promises to relax mind and body and help me recover from the adrenaline rush of the past few days.

For more information see www.rotoruanz.com.

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