Saturday, August 6, 2016

Pohutu Cafe @ Rotorua, New Zealand

A delicious 'hangi' (traditional Maori meal cooked using heated rocks buried in a pit oven, comprising smoked chicken thigh, pumpkin, kumara, corn & rewena sourdough potato bread) makes for a lovely lunch while exploring the excellent New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, a cherished site for a cultural deep-dive, indigenous musical showcase, geysers & mud pools.


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  1. Love those kiwi caricatures, so cute! I was in Rotorua in 1080, never went back again, not in my more recent trips to NZ. Loved the cultural shows.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, there are actually a couple of live kiwis that visitors can view at this centre - no photos of them, cos they live in a darkened enclosure :) i liked rotorua - it's very peaceful, and the surroundings are quite stunning ;)

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  2. Wow beautiful cafe and amazing scenery! I want to revisit New Zealand! :D

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    1. CK: yeah, i loved the visit here. i'd like to explore the south island next time :D

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  3. Omg, caffeinated kiwis! LOL!

    The boiling mud pools are definitely the key feature of Rotorua. I don't remember Auckland - or at least the place I was in - having it at all.

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    1. Ciana: haha, but kiwis do run quite fast, yeah, so they seem quite caffeinated already ;) yup, this was the only place where i saw those boiling mud pools. the main physical characteristic of auckland that stays in my mind is the waterfront ... and unfortunately, the very steep streets, heh! :D

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    2. I didn't know that kiwis are fast runners; in fact, the only kiwis that I know is the fruit version (Zespri). Ah, I think you must've landed in Ponsonby or Grafton - those two places have quite hilly streets. =.=

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    3. Ciana: heh, we saw a couple of kiwis in an enclosure here, and they were scrambling really quickly around their habitat. pretty cool! :) ooo, i found the city centre's side streets (off queen street) to be very arduous too - maybe i'm just terribly out of shape! ;)

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  4. Did you find a strong smell? We found it almost overwhelming... we couldn't stay for too long because of it.

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    1. The Yum List: ooo, i'd actually forgotten all about it until you mentioned it - but yes, there was that odour - it didn't really bother me though - maybe my sense of smell isn't too acute, heh ;)

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  5. Good looking dancer there :P

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    1. Choi Yen: i think i know which dancer you mean!

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