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Thermal adventure at Te Puia

Watch, hear and smell the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser, Pōhutu, and vast expanses of highly-active mud pools at Te Puia, Rotorua, where twice-weekly guided tours are half-price until October 31. Visitors can watch the impressive weavers master-carvers at work, see resident kiwi and be captivated by stories passed down through generations of local Māori. A Te Rā Day Pass for Thursdays and Sundays from 10.30am to 1.30pm is $30. Two children can accompany a paying adult, free of charge. The centre opens from 10am until 4pm with the option to explore on your own.

Contact: Te Puia, 0800 837 842 or e-mail reservations@tepuia.com or check out the video from Anika Moa on tepuia.com

Gourmet Getaway in Queenstown

The Culinary Series Events at the Rees Hotel Queenstown are a favourite with foodies, wine-lovers. The Rees, which has a new executive chef, has two special event offers — the Felton Road Dinner on August 21 and the Billecart-Salmon Champagne and Mountford Estate Wines Dinner on October 23. Enjoy an evening’s dining out or an accommodation package which includes a cooked breakfast the following morning. The Felton Road dinner event and residential package is $332.50pp (minimum of two people) for an Executive Lake View Room, or book for the dinner event only, at $135 each. The Billecart-Salmon and Mountford Estate residential package is $325pp or $150pp for dinner only.

Contact: The Rees Hotel Queenstown, (03) 450 1100 or e-mail events@therees.co.nz or check therees.co.nz

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