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A town set on its namesake lake on New Zealand’s North Island, is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. In Te Puia’s Whakarewarewa Valley, there are bubbling mud pools and the 30m-tall Pohutu Geyser, which erupts many times daily. It’s also home to a living Maori village and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, with traditional wood carving and weaving schools.


A town near the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, is distinguished by its lakefront setting and outdoor sports ranging from fishing to jet-boating. The vast waters of Lake Taupo, a volcanic caldera, drain into the Huka Falls, dramatic, crystal-blue cascades reachable by hiking and biking trails. Surrounding Taupo are hot springs like those filling the Craters of the Moon reserve.


Waitomo is a village on the North Island of New Zealand. It’s known for its extensive underground cave systems. Thousands of glow-worms light up the Glowworm Caves. The vast Ruakuri Cave features waterfalls and limestone formations. West, Mangapohue Natural Bridge is a high limestone arch over Mangapohue Stream. Northeast of the village, Otorohanga Kiwi House shelters several species of the rare native kiwi bird.

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Great value, well located

“Bedding was clean. Master-Bed displayed a little "roll together", but not so much as to make sleep awkward. I slept very well, and I am FUSSY. Water convector heaters worked well -- lounge and master bedroom (of 2 bedroom unit). No heater unit in 2nd bedroom -- but no problem in summer months! Unit refreshed daily by staff and towels replaced.

Amazing! Spas, pool AND mineral spa

“Beautiful clean rooms. Have split system heating and cooling. Separate fully equipped kitchen, separate bedroom, separate lounge, bathroom and toilet. Our room also had a private courtyard with own private 4person spa. The motel also has heated pool and their own special mineral spa's for guests. 1GB of fast free WiFi. The staff are asian and speak very limited English-speaking but are wonderful polite and did everything to ensure our stay was beyond expectations!

Excellent motel, great value and service

“We liked this place a lot - fast free WiFi, good heated pool, good quality continental breakfast and very comfortable rooms. Well located opposite Kuirau Park, whose mudpools and thermal vents are a highlights of Rotoura. Handy too for the central restaurants and bars, and nice to not be on the main strip of motels. Parking was, however, a little tight.

Kowhai & Colonial Motel

                           LOCATION:   1232 Ranolf Street, Rotorua, NZ                              PHONE / FAX:   07 348 4490

                           RESERVATION:   0800 888 348                                                    EMAIL:   motel4u@xtra.co.nz

                           OFFICE HOUR:   8:00-20:00                                                        CHECK-IN:  15:00,   CHECK-OUT:  10:00