Rotorua is the perfect place for singleton travellers, writes Maria Pandalai
Sometimes life doesn't always go to plan and we end up travelling without a plus-one. If you're recently single, broken-hearted, or embarking on your first solo holiday, here's why Rotorua is the perfect place for some much-needed TLC.
To feel liberated
Taking the first plunge to move on from a fresh breakup is always a dreaded ordeal, which is why a plunge of a different kind – a ziplining experience – can provide a much-needed distraction. While your harness is being fitted you might feel nervous and anxious like your heart is beating out of your chest. As terrifying as it may seem, embarking on your first zipline will have you soaring between trees and feeling liberated and uninhibited in no time.
The smell of the crisp, fresh air in the ancient forest makes the journey more pleasant and endurable. In fact, the Original Canopy 3-hour Zipline Eco-Adventure with Rotorua Canopy Tours has been awarded the World's Number 1 Nature Activity. The expert guides not only keep you safe, but they are encouraging throughout the six ziplines and two swing bridges. With the support of a guide, and perhaps a group of friends if you've enlisted a support squad for your holiday, you can embrace the experience together wholeheartedly and chances are you'll have a good laugh too.
To soak away bad vibes
No one welcomes bad vibes so what better way to eradicate them than a soak in New Zealand's original geothermal hot springs at the Polynesian Spa? What some may describe as a spiritual enlightening, the acidic and alkaline natural mineral springs of this region will allow you to unwind and forget the complexities of a separation. A lake or sky view private pool is the suitable choice and if you want to take it up a notch, the facials, massages and wraps are out of this world.
The 60-minute signature mud wrap is particularly therapeutic. The thermal mud used in the treatment is jam-packed full of calcium, sulphur, silicon and sodium, all thanks to the volcanic nature of the area. It's likely that by the end of the spa visit you will feel cleansed and free of any negative self-sabotaging thoughts of a breakup. Inhale the good, exhale the bad, just breathe.
To feel at peace
There's something peaceful and serene about strolling on suspension bridges and platforms among 118-year-old redwood trees and silver ferns. The 700m-long eco-tourism walk by Redwoods Treewalk is a magical experience that radiates tranquillity. High in the lush evergreen forest, your breakup will be the last thing on your mind.
During daylight you can admire the intricacies of the flora living, breathing and surrounding you. As the sun sets, Redwoods is transformed into another world. The forest walkway is illuminated and 30 elegant lanterns are ignited. Basking in their glory, it's as if you have stepped into a fantasy land, waiting for fairies and mythical creatures to appear. Redwoods Treewalk is undoubtedly a delightful and enchanting activity to end the night and, more significantly, to help you feel at peace.
To feel on top of the world
Enthusiastically, you board your gondola cabin to begin your 900m exhilarating journey uphill. You admire the striking views of Lake Rotorua, the city and surrounding topography. A sense of achievement rushes over you and you start to feel primed and on top of the world. At the top, you can partake in thrilling activities such as Mountain Biking, the Zoom Zipline, the Luge and Skyswing.
The greatest reward, however, is the superb wine tasting at the Volcanic Hills Winery Tasting Room. The grapes have travelled from the finest wine growing regions of New Zealand, to be turned into the finished product at the base of Skyline Rotorua. The Volcanic Hills offerings include drops such as pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, blanc de blanc, chardonnay, syrah and, when in season, rosé. The wine tasting allows you to disengage from your hardship, ponder your aspirations and focus on the next exciting chapter of your life.
In all likelihood, your trip to Rotorua will leave you inspired and motivated to accelerate forward with the utmost confidence; armed with the necessary ammunition to overcome the challenges of a breakup. Empowered. Determined. Fearless.
Five more NZ destinations for a breakup getaway
Queenstown is the ultimate destination for extreme activities such as bungy jumping, canyon swinging, jet boating, sky diving, white water rafting, paragliding and hang gliding. Add breweries, gin distilleries and burger joints to the mix and you have yourself a complete breakup antidote.
12km from Twizel you will discover seclusion at a phenomenal glass-encased home away from home. Skyscape is best for those who prefer to deal with relationship matters solo or perhaps as a party of two. The notable luxe outdoor cedar bath is a destination in itself and stargazing is remarkable in the Mackenzie Country.
Milford Track guided walk
Feeling accomplished and self-gratification is fundamental for some to deal with the end of a relationship. The 53km picturesque trek can be covered in five days and four nights. The walk begins from the majestic Lake Te Anau and ends in the stunning Milford Sound, one of the natural wonders of the world.
With more than 200 vineyards, 76 wineries and 33 cellar doors, Hawke's Bay sets the agenda for wine enthusiasts. Fused with local, fresh produce and meaningful conversation, you will soon be in your element and taking your mind off your separation.
Wellington is the ideal base for those who want to cut loose in a city scene. With bustling nightlife, a diverse choice of dining establishments and an assortment of bars and pubs, your breakup could soon be a thing of the past. Courtenay Place, Cuba St and the Waterfront are where it's at.
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