This weekend was such great weather that I couldn’t resist making the most of it. No way was I going to stay indoors ! I decided to go have some prawns at Huka Prawn Park which is an hour’s drive from Rotorua. You can do more activities there such as prawn fishing and prawn feeding but we only stayed for a meal. The prawns are super juicy and fresh, it’s delicious! But if you’re not prepared to fork out some big money for the meal, I suggest you go eat somewhere else or bring your own food ! It cost us $50 for 500gm of prawns, and $20 for a prawn chowder. The view there is amazing though and you get to see all the people that line up for the Huka jet as well.
After lunch, I drove down to Huka falls and the water there is just amazingly clear. Its very aqua blue and you can hear the roar of the rapids from the carpark. Its a very short walk to see the rapids and falls itself so its great for people who hate walking. Theres also tracks there (I saw a 2hr one) for people that enjoy tramping or mountain biking. It was very busy the day I went as it is a very popular destination.
On the drive towards Huka prawn park, the Lava Glass Studio caught my eye so I decided to make a pit stop there on my way back home. When you go in, there is a beautiful array of glass creations on sale which are very unique that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. They make great gifts and they also do free shipping to other countries if its too heavy/big for you to take back. Unforunately you aren’t allowed to take any photos in the studio so I couldn’t show you how beautiful they are. The guy who makes these creations is very popular and is often asked to make specific items on request. They also have a little cafe for you to enjoy a drink or some snacks. His wife handles the front of the studio and you can pay $5 to go into his workshop and watch how the lava glass is made. I thought that was very affordable and very interesting as it’s not something you get to see everyday. They are happy for you to take photos inside his workshop as well as the outdoor lava glass garden. The lava glass garden is $7.50 and if you want to see both its $10. They also give you a $5 discount on any purchase you make if you do pay to see either of these activities.
The lava glass studio is quite small but it’s a nice walk to see the array of art that hes made. There were some beautiful flowers, spheres, trees, fish trap, mushrooms and lilypads all made from glass!
There is just so much to do in Bay of Plenty with everything so close to each other, you feel like you want to do everything. This area of New Zealand is great for tourists and visitors so try and stop by this region for a few days if you can. It doesn’t lose the cultural festivity and traditions of New Zealand even though they thrive on tourism. You can still sense the amazing local community and witness the friendliness and kindheartedness that NZ is famous for.