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Rotorua: a backpacker's playground in New Zealand

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Rotorua: a backpacker's playground in New Zealand

If you are an adventure freak, this city - located on New Zealand's North Island - should be at the top of your wish list. It is home to activities like Luge, OGO (Outdoor Gravity Orb) or the Agroventure, as well as the highest commercially-rafted waterfall in the world. Not to miss is Skyswing -- all of which give a chance to discover moments that make for great memories.

Rotorua is the lifestyle destination of choice for professional couples, families, and people who have a passion for life and the outdoors. It is like a playground in New Zealand and attracts millions of visitors, including Indians, year after year.

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Rotorua: a backpacker's playground in New Zealand A geo thermal spring in Rotorua. Photo: Getty Images

Skyline Rotorua, a high point of the place, is the original site of the Luge and now the Skyswing, Zoom Zipline, Adrenalin Park, iNZspired Boutique, StratosFARE restaurant and Volcanic Hills Winery. A must-visit to feel an adrenaline rush.

A ride down one of Skyline's Luge tracks will be thrilling. With three different track options and over 5 km of track to ride, riders have full control, over the three-wheel, gravity-based luge carts.

You can even try out the three-seated Skyswing. It is 50 metres high above Skyline Rotorua, with the release in your hands. It's on you to make the drop! Swing at 150 kph out over the breathtaking view of Lake Rotorua and beyond -- and feel the rush.

Rotorua: a backpacker's playground in New Zealand A look at Rotorua. Photo: Getty Images

As a place, Rotorua offers an amalgamation of natural beauty with forests, lakes and geothermal activity. It also throws up a chance to sample traditional Maori culture -- making it a wholesome experience as a tourist in North Island.

The climate is pleasant: Plenty of sunshine over the summer months and crisp, clear days in winter.

One of the things that strike most newcomers (other than the distinctive sulphur smell that is noticeable for the first day or two), is the high quality of both private and public gardens and the standard of maintenance of most homes and other buildings.

Take a trip to Rotorua. It can capture your heart and give you thrills and chills that will last a lifetime. 

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