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.
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.
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.
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