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Christchurch winner for GoSee TravelSmart Great Rotorua Break package

November 06, 2008
Christchurch winner for GoSee TravelSmart Great Rotorua Break package

Gary Coy of Christchurch is the Great Rotorua Break TravelSmart Club member winner for the October GoSee prize draw.

The Great Rotorua Break package is worth a total of $1200.

The other GoSee October winners are Phillip Newman of Cambooya, Queensland and Ken Pearson of Traralgon, Victoria.

Gary Coy's Great Rotorua Break prize includes Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experience and Hells Gate, accommodation for two nights in a park motel at Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park, two days intermediate car rental courtesy of DriveNow, Double tickets to Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience and a double pass to Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking Tour.

Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experience and Hells Gate

The sacred island of the Te Arawa people Mokoia Island, is in the heart of Lake Rotorua and steeped in cultural history.

Hinemoa and Tutanekai lovers  from Te Arawa legend
Hinemoa and Tutanekai lovers from Te Arawa legend

It is an iconic Rotorua landmark dating back to 1350 AD. Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences offers a series of unique visitor experiences on Mokoia Island. The legend of Hinemoa and Tutanekai is celebrated in Rotorua city where the City Focus intersection commemorates one of New Zealand's greatest love stories.

A number of endangered species have been introduced to Mokoia Island.

They include the Weka, North Island Robin (Toutouwai), and Saddleback (Tieke).

With Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences you may also see native birds such as the Pukeko (swamp hen), Papango (Teal), and Tui.

The Kiwi is the sole survivor of an ancient order of birds including the now extinct Moa. Kiwis also live on Mokoia Island but are naturally shy birds and are usually only active at night.

The Kokako is found nowhere else in the world. Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences says the Ultimate Island Experience is over 2 to 3 hours with daily departures: 9:30am, 1pm, and 3pm

Rotorua's newest luxury passenger fast cat the Wai Ora, cruises to a traditional welcome from the Maori people of Te Arawa. Guides share history and culture with visitors.

Hinemoa's hot pool gives feet a treat while legend of New Zealand's famous 'Forbidden Love Story, the Maoris own 'Romeo and Juliet' is related.

German couple enjoy Hells Gate mud spa
German couple enjoy Hells Gate mud spa

Hells Gate is a hot time with steaming bubbling thermal activities, mud pools and hot springs spiced with Maori culture.

There is now an interactive area which introduces visitors to whakairo (wood carving) trained artists guide visitors from 10 am to 5pm daily.

Weaving with flax, and tattoo (moko) face painting using water-based ink add depth to touring the Thermal Park, mud bath and spa.

On the 50 acres of Hells Gate Geothermal Park steaming fumaroles and hot pools of boiling mud so are violent they are unnerving.

Ancient Maori Warriors ventured through the swirling clouds of steam, past the hot pool where the Maori Princess Hurutini lost her life, past the violent geothermal activity of the Inferno to Kakahi Falls, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.

Here, warriors would bathe in the sulphurous waters to heal their wounds after battle and remove the tapu (sacredness) of war.

The unique geothermal muds and waters of Rotorua are renown for their curative and invigorating propertiesand this is particularly so at Hells Gate - Rotoruas most active thermal park.

For more than 700 years Hells Gate or Tikitere as it is known to the Maori (New Zealands indigenous people) has been a special place of wellness from the medicinal sulphur lake to the curative waters and muds of Hurutini (name of a geothermal pool).

Accommodation for two nights in a park motel at Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park plus 2 hr Trout Fishing Tuition and Charter with The Trout Man

Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park is on the famous Waiteti Trout Fishing Stream; this unique Rotorua Holiday Park is set in two acres of mature trees and gardens and offers a peaceful setting for holidays.

This anglers paradise is close to Rotoruas main tourist attractions from concerts and hangi to zorbing and luging. Waiteti is a good fit for families with a range of accommodation to suit most budgets.

Accommodation options include private streamside tent and powered sites, cabins, private lodge rooms and park motels.

For children there is a playground trampoline, swimming, free kayaks and dinghy on the stream or there is a big games room.

The hot spa is popular too. For beginners The Trout Man package introduces the skills of rod and line. There is also help available with how to smoke your own fish. Pets are welcome by arrangement.

Two days intermediate car rental courtesy of DriveNow

DriveNow is an innovative company which produces attractive rental deals on vehicles from distressed inventory which would otherwise be left idle.

From a campervan in Queenstown, a people mover from Auckland Airport or a rental car to drive from Christchurch to Auckland, DriveNow provides options from New Zealand's premier vehicle hire companies, including: Budget Rent-a-Car, Apollo Motorhome Holidays, National, Thrifty, Avis, Britz, Maui, Backpacker Campervans, and smartcars.

The DriveNow's innovative approach to rental vehicles produces cheaper prices and gives customers access to competitive deals. DriveNow is in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, and Queenstown.

Double tickets to Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience

Mitai is an authentic introduction to Maori culture.

In a natural bush setting warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream. Here too is the only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat.

The crystal clear water is full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring.

A traditionally cooked hangi meal is lifted from the ground. The Mitai Maori Village cultural performance teaches about the past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art).

There are displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance in contrast to the spine tingling haka finale.

Maori people make up about 15 percent of the New Zealand population and many are actively involved in keeping the Maori culture and language alive. Maori language and culture has a huge impact on all facets of New Zealand life.

Double pass to Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking Tour

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the only hydro thermal system in the world wholly created within written history, and is the direct result of a volcanic eruption - the Tarawera eruption of June 10 1886. It is the world's newest geothermal system.

Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park
Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park

It is the only hydro thermal system in New Zealand where all the surface features are contained within a single geological structure, the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, the creation of which can be pin-pointed to an exact time and event.

A range of easy walking, advanced hiking, and boat cruise experiences ranging in duration from 45 minutes to over four hours are available at Waimangu.

Waimangu is Qualmark accredited, and is a multiple New Zealand Eco-Tourism Award winner. Waimangu is easily accessible, and is just 20 minutes south of Rotorua, and 40 minutes north of Taupo.

Phillip Newman of Cambooya, Queensland, Australia has won Lionel Mussell's practical touring guide Australia Calling.

And Ken Pearson of Traralgon, in Victoria, Australia has won the Penetrol Anti-Rust Control.

In addition to monthly prizes free GoSee TravelSmart membership has many practical benefits. Now a new touring aid has been added. It is a spread-sheet fuel calculator.

The spread-sheet is linked to the popular GoSee Fuel Calculator (just click TravelSmart Good Stuff option on the left of the Home Page). It is designed to give TravelSmart Club members the ability to use the speadsheet over 10 fills. GoSee believes this gives a better range for a running average of fuel performance.

Mitai Maori culture
Mitai Maori culture

With a 10 fill spread calculation headwinds, hills, road surface, hot weather, different drivers and varied loads and weights are better covered in producing an actual average outcome.

The free GoSee TravelSmart Members Club benefits also include -

Professionally based towing information for GoSeeAustralia and GoSee New Zealand members.

For the first time on a public website caravan towing weight checks used by professionals are available online in Australia and New Zealand to GoSee TravelSmart Club Members. GoSee is unaware of any public online facility in the world which offers this service.

Designers at Canberra based ContACT Internet Solutions, mother company to GoSeeAustralia and GoSee New Zealand, work with towing equipment manufacturing icon Hayman Reese.

They have created a quick-click comparison against tow vehicle model and caravan weight. The result is a safe towball load report with links to equipment designed for the long-haul. It is FREE, easy to use and helps anyone towing tour safely.

Cathedral Rocks  Waimangu Volcanic Valley Rotorua
Cathedral Rocks Waimangu Volcanic Valley Rotorua

Free membership of GoSee TravelSmart Club extends the key benefits which clicked the idea of free touring websites to assist travellers in Australia and New Zealand and the caravanning industry into action more than four years ago.

As a registered member of the GoSee TravelSmart Club members have access to additional features they include information and prizes.

Editor's Note: The GoSee TravelSmart prizes are not redeemable during peak periods and accommodation is subject to availability.

To be eligible for the monthly draws new TravelSmart members must supply their full contact details.

Luxury fast cat Wai Ora flies across Lake Rotorua
Luxury fast cat Wai Ora flies across Lake Rotorua