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

Things to do in Rotorua – New Zealand’s best ‘hot’ spot

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Rotorua is the tourism capital of the North Island. With so many things to do in Rotorua I thought I’d … Continue reading →

Eco-Tourism in Rotorua and New Zealand

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Eco-Tourism is taking off around the world as more people become aware of the need to preserve our planet. Rotorua … Continue reading →

The Ultimate Romantic Weekend in Rotorua: A mid-winter Itinerary

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People tend to think of romantic getaways to tropical locations but that’s cliche. What you want is something special, something … Continue reading →

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The eye-opening history of the amphibious boat: Invented for WW2

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In my opinion, the DUKW or ‘Duck’ is one of the most fascinating vehicles ever created. The Ducks technology was … Continue reading →

Rotorua’s best forests to explore on foot

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I’m fairly certain that Rotorua is known for its breathtaking natural landscapes. If not, then I’m going to have to … Continue reading →

Family-friendly Rotorua activities in the rain

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It’s pretty easy to let your spirits drop when you’ve planned your Rotorua holiday only to find a couple of … Continue reading →



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