A weekend in Rotorua.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to be in Rotorua.
Wow was it an incredible place! I’ve seen photos of New Zealand and have always wanted to go, but I can tell you photos definitely don’t do it justice.
I only got a tiny taste of what’s on offer and I’m already dying to go back. For someone that loves scenery as much as me, the opportunities are endless. My camera was out all weekend! Stay tuned for my gallery post as I just have to share all the photos I took (well maybe not all of them as there’s hundreds)
So I know you’re wondering why someone would travel from Australia to New Zealand and only stay a weekend?
This was a business trip!
That’s right, as part of my new online venture I now get to mix work with travel, and pretty soon this is going to become my full time lifestyle. Pretty incredible right?!
Rewind a little way back to my first few posts. I let you know I was going to be changing my life and I’d found a system that was going to help me. Well this weekend was all about connecting with people that are already using that system to travel the world after quitting their jobs.
These people were there to provide one on one training to eight lucky ones that got chosen to attend the mastermind, and I WAS ONE OF THEM!
What I learnt was pretty mind-blowing. The Internet is an amazing place and if you can master the web you can pretty much do anything. I’m not talking about needing to be a super genius that knows about codes and stuff (I’m sure they’d cringe that I just referred to the web as stuff).
I’m talking every day people, with no prior experience in marketing or the internet, making thousands of dollars online because they’ve found a system that works. They’ve left the complicated coding to the geniuses and jumped on board as affiliates, and now I’m one of them.
The best thing about it is, these people don’t want to keep the secrets to themselves. They want to share the knowledge and spread their success methods so other people like you and me can start to make a difference just like they are.
I came out of Rotorua equipped with all the tools I need to build a successful online business and now I want to share those secrets too. That’s the way this works. We all pay it forward, we want to shake up the world and help as many people as possible. Imagine a world where 9-5 was no longer the norm, a world where you were your own boss, a world where you were in control of when and where you worked. It’s crazy to think about right? But it does exist!
Don’t worry – I’m not going to overwhelm you with all the details today. I’m going to break it down for you the way it was broken down for me so step by step you can follow my lead and achieve your own dream lifestyle, whatever it may be. I’ve also created a Facebook group where I’ll be sharing heaps of inspiration and education to help people just like me build their own online businesses. If you’re interested feel free to join.
Ok, enough about work, I know you’re all dying to know what else I did in Rotorua. I was only there for four days but I managed to squeeze a lot in to that short amount of time. I’ll break down a few of my favourite experiences for you.
I’ve told you about one of my bucket list items being to do some sort of adventure sports in New Zealand. I don’t count this activity as a full on adventure sport (the ones I’m thinking are bungee jumping, sky diving etc. so I’m not going to tick this off the list just yet) but lets just say it might be a bit harder for me to go through with this item after my experience.
What is zip lining?
Basically you get hooked up to some wires and then throw yourself off a platform and go gliding through the trees. In theory it sounds like a really nice activity.
I got to Rotorua in the early afternoon on a Friday and had a few hours to kill before meeting up with my mastermind group. So naturally I decided to squeeze in a bit of adventure. I told the lady at the tourist centre I like adventure and nature and had about 2-3 hours to spare. She told me about a few options but this one sounded perfect – a 3 hour walk through the forest and some zip lining.
Turns out I’m actually super afraid of heights. It’s a little late to find that out when you’re standing on top of a really high wooden platform, hooked onto a wire and being told to jump. Thankfully I persisted and made it through the course and I’m really happy I did. The rush you get when it’s just you gliding through the trees is actually pretty incredible, I felt so free. And apparently the wires can actually hold a whole van full of people so that made me feel a lot better.
If you’re ever in NZ and want to give it a go I definitely do recommend it. Not only is it an awesome adrenaline rush (which I appreciated once I was safely back on land), but the team at Rotorua Canopy Tours are funding a massive nature conservation project to help bring the forest back to life, and majority of the funds come from people who pay for the tours as they don’t have any major sponsors. So not only do you get an awesome adrenalin rush, you also get to learn about the forest and do your little bit to its conservation. Pretty cool if you ask me.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING
I’ve tried this back home a few times but the ocean is not really a great place to succeed, I couldn’t even master it at Rottnest Island where the water is pretty calm.
Our house for the mastermind was right on a secluded lake which we pretty much had to ourselves, so there was plenty of space for water activities in our free time. Since this weekend was all about growing I thought I’d give the SUP another go.
Day one – I had 11 other people I’d never met before watching me and I wanted to impress them. The water was super calm and I did really well. I managed to go around the lake for a good 15-20 minutes without falling off at all. In the end I jumped off because I wanted to get wet.
Day two – I was too cold to attempt it and was so proud of my previous day’s efforts so I didn’t want to ruin my good reputation.
Day three – fuelled with a little bit of alcohol and pumped after a super productive day I was probably a little too over-confident. All my success came crashing down. The wind was stronger, there were waves and a couple glasses of red didn’t help. I got on the board and got the momentum going, stood up and fell off straight away. I tried again and again but could not redeem myself. In the end I just paddled on my knees for a while which was still fun.
I definitely recommend this to anyone – not only is it super fun but you get a great core workout while you do it. Awesome!
Pohutu Geyser is a natural hot spring which erupts and bursts due to the intense heat from molten rock underground. It’s located in a thermal valley called Te Puia and is definitely a must see attraction in Rotorua. We were lucky enough to be there at the time it was erupting and it sure was amazing.
According to the guides this particular geyser was recently ranked in the world’s top 5 geysers by Lonely Planet. It’s an incredible thing to see and I’m so glad I made it.
Be prepared to show your ID to confirm where you’re from – local residents get cheaper entry rates but I would definitely pay the price to go back again because it was absolutely beautiful.
Stay tuned for my Rotorua gallery post in a few days for more incredible images of the geysers and mud pools (I need to pick from the hundreds I took so will take a little bit of time)
This is a little off the beaten track, a hidden gem that you have to know about to be able to find. None of the tourist centres will tell you about it because it’s absolutely free so they make no profit from it. They’ll tell you about the Polynesian Day Spa instead, which looks incredible but will cost you.
Thankfully I was hanging out with a bunch of New Zealanders so they knew about this magical place and they took me here. I must admit, I was a little nervous when I heard the name but it’s well worth a visit if you have a car to get there.
It’s a natural hot spring nestled amongst the forest. A place where you get to be truly at one with nature, a place where you can find your own little spot and while a few people will pass by now and then, you pretty much do feel like you’re the only ones there. When you get to the pool you feel like you’ve entered some mystical fairy land where time pretty much stops and you can forget about the world. It was the perfect way to relax and a highlight of my visit.
I ended my trip with a drive back from Rotorua to Auckland and got to catch a magical sunset along the way. One of the girls from the mastermind was kind enough to offer me a lift so I didn’t have to go back on the bus. This is the great thing about meeting other travellers – they’re always so willing to help you out. I’m so thankful to be part of such an amazing network and I can’t wait to grow it even more.
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