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Pink Terraces, Buried Village & Treetop Walkway in Rotorua, New Zealand

Best things to do in Rotorua New Zealand - Chantal Patton - Rotorua geyser and mud pools by Sebastien Goldberg on Unsplash

Rotorua geyser and mud pools. Photo by Sebastien Goldberg on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Chantal Patton of Growing Up Without Borders about Rotorua, New Zealand. Chantal’s tips for the best things to do in Rotorua are awesome because Chantal and her family travel the world and have never seen a place quite like Rotorua. The whole town is completely volcanic with steam coming out of the ground from the most unusual of places.

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Best things to do in Rotorua New Zealand - Chantal Patton - The Bathhouse museum

The Bathhouse museum

Rotorua, New Zealand

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Rotorua, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Rotorua New Zealand - Chantal Patton - Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Getting around Rotorua

The local airport is Rotorua Regional Airport (ROT), which is a ten-minute drive to downtown.

Chantal says that renting a car is a good idea since public transportation can be difficult. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Rotorua New Zealand - Chantal Patton - Riverjet boat ride

Take a ride with New Zealand Riverjet

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Chantal Patton about Rotorua, New Zealand. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Green dots = best things to do in Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Rotorua, New Zealand

Who is Chantal Patton?

Chantal Patton, otherwise known as Growing Up Without Borders has traveled to 100 countries with her husband and 3 girls over the last 8 years. Chantal shares what triggered this wild adventure and goal to travel to every country in the world and shares her secrets to living a mobile life whilst keeping a good work/travel/family life balance.

Best things to do in Rotorua New Zealand - Chantal Patton and family

Chantal and family

Here are a few of their YouTube videos:

You can connect with Chantal on her website and on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Walk along the treetops at Redwoods Treewalk

Stay tuned for our next episode

Brandon Ilien Nathan PhillipsListen to the next episode when Brandon Miller of Second Passport shares the best things to do in Toronto, Canada. In this episode, Brandon and I talk about visiting the Toronto Christmas Market, taking a ferry to Toronto Island, and the Flatiron Building. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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