Paradise Valley Springs


Tucked in behind Mt Ngongotaha, 10km from Rotorua, this 6-hectare park has trout springs, native longfin eels, native birds and various land-dwelling animals such as deer, alpacas, possums and a pride of lions (fed at 2.30pm). There’s also a cafe and an elevated treetop walkway through the tawa trees.

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1. Wingspan

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2. Volcanic Hills Winery

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3. Agrodome

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4. Rainbow Springs Nature Park


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5. Kuirau Park

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6. Ohinemutu

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7. St Faith’s Anglican Church

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8. Lake Rotorua

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