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

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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 →

Rotorua with toddlers: The best ideas for the family

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I don’t have any kids of my own but a large majority of my friends do. One of the things … Continue reading →

Food you should try when travelling in New Zealand

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A topic that is near to my heart, food! Part of the New Zealand culture experience is trying the local … Continue reading →

Best places to experience Maori culture in the North Island

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When you visit New Zealand part of the true experience is to immerse yourself in the culture. New Zealand is … Continue reading →



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