From beautiful lakes, hiking trails and hot springs to the classy restaurants and fun bars of Eat Streat, Rotorua has got to be one of the most exciting places to visit in NZ. I'm Sean Russell, Duck Driver and Rotorua local, and my blogs are all about the things I love about living here and the places I've explored myself. There's something really cool about inspiring others to get out and enjoy the secret places that make Rotorua so special! Have a read, enjoy, and I hope to see you out on the lake (or walking the Tarawera Trail, or mountain biking in the Redwoods!)

Sean Russell

Lake Tarawera - 'Old Wood' © Adrian Hodge Photography

5 Local Tips For Planning Your Rotorua Holiday

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Holiday planning can be a bit of a chore, but who better to tell you about the place you are … Continue reading →

How to fit in with the Kiwis when you visit Rotorua

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As a tour guide, I meet many different people from all corners of the globe and one thing that I … Continue reading →

Rotorua Activities for Families

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During school holidays and weekends, we know how hard it can be to keep the kids both happy and entertained. … Continue reading →

Rotorua Secret Spots

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Being entirely honest, when you visit Rotorua you can do the things that most people do and you’ll have a … Continue reading →


10 Kiwi Traditions Before You Visit Rotorua

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Sporting Traditions A key tradition because many New Zealanders or as we are more commonly known ‘kiwis’ have a burning … Continue reading →

The Ultimate 3 Day Rotorua Itinerary

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I’m going to kick this thing off by saying that there are over 400 different tourist attractions in Rotorua and … Continue reading →



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