Rotorua

One of the country’s most famous tourist locations, Rotorua is a surreal volcanic landscape of spurting geysers, natural hot springs and mud pools. The natural thermal attributes of Rotorua make it the perfect place to completely spoil yourself, with a wide range of day spas, therapeutic mineral pools, mud baths and rejuvenating beauty treatments.
 
Rotorua is also known as the heartland of the Maori culture. Don’t miss Te Puia at Whakarewarewa, the pre-eminent Maori cultural expo in the country. The adventure-seeker is also well looked after in Rotorua. Try the unique concept of Shweeb, the world’s first human-powered monorail racetrack. Or stick to the norms and go jet-boating, sky-diving, rafting, kayaking and mountain-biking. Take the Skyline Gondola up the mountain, then ride the luge all the way down. Enjoy the sheep show at the Agrodome, or do some world-class trout fishing at nearby lakes and rivers.

Geothermal Wonders

The geothermal city of Rotorua is a magnet for travellers, who come to discover volcanic phenomena. Immerse yourself in unique geothermal muds and sulphur waters of the historic Hellsgate and New Zealand Mud Bath Spas.

It's home to New Zealand’s most active geothermal field that features erupting waters, steaming fumaroles, pools of boiling mud, mud volcano and the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Hear, see and feel the 700 years of interaction of the Maori people, then the European settlers, with this unique place, its sulphurous waters and geothermal mud.

Chris McLennan

Maori Culture

With a quarter of Rotorua’s population being of Maori descent, the spirit of Manaakitanga (hospitality) is alive and well here.

Every visit to Rotorua is infused with the warmth of Maori culture. Offering genuine hospitality to visitors is a responsibility that local Maori take seriously, so sharing their culture, history, music, art, language, and even homes, comes naturally. Whether it’s an encounter with a Maori guide, a hongi greeting, talking to a carver or weaver, eating indigenous food, experiencing traditional massage, hearing age-old stories or attempting a few words in Te Reo, visitors will be enriched by the experience.

Bob McCree

The Town

Rotorua is most famous for its rich Maori culture and geothermal activity and Rotorua township is central to exploring all this region has on offer.

Visit an authentic Maori village and marae and purchase local arts and crafts at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where, for around 40 years, students from tribes across the country have come to learn carving and weaving traditions. This is also a great place to feast on traditional Hangi (earth oven or cooking pit) cuisine and enjoy the vibrancy of traditional song and dance performances.

Chuck Cecil

The Infinity Experience

On the Nose
Rotorua's nickname is Sulfur City. When you get close to the outskirts of the city, you will understand why.

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