Surrounded by lakes, native bushland, and geothermal activity, Rotorua is New Zealand’s natural wonderland. Abounding in hot springs and mud pools, as well as the fascinating Maori culture, no trip to New Zealand is complete without a visit to Rotorua.
Built on the Volcanic Plateau, Rotorua is home to one of the world’s most active geothermal fields. In fact, it sits directly on the Pacific Rim of Fire. So, why not relax and unwind, and treat yourself to an indulgent natural spa therapy?
Rotorua is the ancestral home of the Te Arawa people who settled in the area over 600 years ago. The Te Arawa people offer guests the opportunity to witness a variety of cultural experiences. You can taste a hangi feast (where food is cooked in the steaming ground), or even tour a pre-European Māori village.
If adventure is more your thing, there is any number of adrenalin filled activities available in Rotorua. With everything from bungie jumping and skydiving to ziplining and white water rafting, there really is something for everyone. Rotorua is also the gateway to the ski fields in New Zealand’s north island, including Mt Ruapehu.
Once your adrenaline rush is over, take time to relax and unwind. Rotorua’s surrounding lakes and tributary rivers offer abundant trout fishing. Or, you can head to Rainbow and Fairy Springs to see some of the region’s native huge trout. There are plenty of nature walks and bike riding trails as well as canopy tours that offer a spectacular view of the native forest.