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May 24, 2010 | by  | in Opinion | [ssba]

International Officer

There are around 3000 international students in vic at the moment and I know that most international students love travelling. And I agree that it is a good change for us to travel around New Zealand when we are studying here. Have you started your trip? Or you have already travelled around? Let me share my last fantastic trip with my friends to Rotorua.

It is a four days three nights trip. We stayed in a hotel called Sudina which is near the lake. At first I didn’t realize there are special packages promoting on the hotel’s website that we booked the double room for $115 per night. Silly us! But it is lucky that when I looked through the website the two days before my trip, I found there is a 3-night break-away package that we just need to pay $80 for the first two nights and $100 for the last one. There is no doubt that I phoned that hotel and change my booking. (Tips: make sure you read through the information of the hotel you are going to book, sometimes, you can save a lot of money on that.)

The flight to Rotorua is so expensive that we decided to go there by bus. There is a bus company called Inter-city Bus, it is running different routes of buses between cities. There are six ticket options: fully refundable-adult, backpacker, fully refundable-child, non-refundable, golden age and student. The price for fully refundable-child is usually the lowest, and then comes student. So it will be a good deal if you buy a ticket with your student ID card. Here is one reason why you should go traveling when you are studying in NZ.

It took us about 7.5 hours to Rotorua. It is a long time that made us so tired. We went to Polynesian Spa as soon as we settled down in the hotel. It is great that there just 200 meters from our hotel to the Spa. We went to Hells’ Gate (mud-bath) and Sky driving in the second day. It was my first time to do the sky driving. It was amazing when I jumped out of the plane at 13000ft. It was a bit cloudy that I felt so nice when I went through the cloud. It was a good experience. The last day, we joined Rotorua one-day trip and played Zorb after that. Zorbing (globe-riding, sphereing, orbing) is the recreation of rolling downhill in an orb, generally made of transparent plastic. Zorbing is generally performed on a gentle slope, but can also be done on a level surface, permitting more rider control. The first zorbing site was established in Rotorua, New Zealand, by Andrew Akers and David Akers. It is great fun! Don’t miss it, if you go to Rotorua.

Winter is the skiing season. If someone loves that it will be a great idea to go skiing in Taupo or Queenstown after final exams! My friends and I are making plans about that. I am so looking forward to that.


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