Rotorua lake front offers picturesque and perfect sunset without the sun. Yes. You’ve read it correctly, WITHOUT the sun, and it is really breath-taking and calming at the same time which is really helpful to avoid freaking out when it is only a day before the submission date.
As you enter the grounds, what immediately catches your attention is the most photographed building in New Zealand, the Rotorua Museum. Entrance to the museum is free for students; however, it is still closed indefinitely after the earthquake in Kaikoura left damages in this famous piece of architecture. Meanwhile, you can still enjoy strolling through the garden where different varieties of plants, flowers and trees will inspire you and enable you to be more creative.
A walk through giant redwood trees offers a ray of light when you feel like everything is unclear or when you are lost and needs direction when it comes to organising thoughts and ideas. Aside from its walking tracks, people who enjoy challenges can also find delight in their bike trails. It’s a nice place to ventilate your frustrations and difficulties in completing the required assessments.
Hamurana springs offer crystal-clear waters with some shades of turquoise and jade. Similar to its pristine waters, the Hamurana Springs is the perfect destination to clear one’s mind because of its tranquil setting; away from the hectic student life. This place also enables you to reflect and concentrate on which areas of your paper needs attention and improvement.
Blue Lake prides itself for its gorgeous view especially on a still day, making it an ideal location to enjoy a lovely picnic and BBQ with family and friends. Unlike the Green Lake which is considered to be sacred, you can take a quick dip in this popular lake. The cool waters will make you feel rejuvenated and refreshed thus, enabling you to come up with new ideas and strategies to improve your reports. For those who are more adventurous, blue lake also caters activities such as boating and jet skiing.
Green Lake and Blue Lake viewing point
This destination is the perfect example of hitting two birds with one stone, 2 lakes in one viewing point (left side, green lake and on the right side, blue lake). The view is really stunning and amazing! Being in this certain spot will remind you that you are capable of multi-tasking and achieving more in a fraction of time.
Kuirau Park is New Zealand’s only public geothermal park. Apart from the mud pools and steaming water pools, it is also known for its free thermal foot baths which are really soothing and relaxing at the same time, a perfect way to end a tiring and strenuous day. Kuirau is also famous for its Saturday morning market, where you can enjoy a wide variety of goods and bargains as several stalls sell fresh fruits and vegetables, fast food and pre-loved items.
Contrary to the belief of many, this geothermal wonder can be visited free of charge by Rotorua residents. Just bring any proof of address and voila! Free access to Te Puia attractions. Here, you will be able to appreciate Maori culture and you will be wowed by the Pohutu Geyser.
So, why wait for holidays or school breaks before taking time out? Why wait for academic responsibilities overwhelm you? Though your schedules are jam-packed, and it maybe a struggle juggling earning a degree and having a social life, you should ensure the balance between assignments and play. Having no money is not an excuse. So, kick back. Take a breather. Explore. Enjoy. Then, be back on track.