Rotorua, one of the oldest tourist destinations in the country, offers an array of exciting and unique attractions for visitors of all ages.
Here you can experience everything from the natural marvel of the geothermal hot spots to the distinct Maori culture, sparkling lakes to volcanic landscape. Popular activities include the luge, fishing, white water rafting, Maori performances and plenty more.
Rotorua, located in the Bay of Plenty region, is one of the original tourist destinations in New Zealand. Rotorua is home to approximately 53 000 residents, half of which being Maori. For over a century this city has been welcoming tourists to explore it's unique and fascinating landscape. Centrally located, Rotorua is just 60 kilometres south of Tauranga and 82 kilometres north-east of Taupo.
You know you're somewhere special as soon as you arrive in Rotorua. Home to a world of geothermal activity you will be amazed by what you see - and smell. You'll catch a whiff of sulphur in the air followed by a sighting of a bubbling mud pool or a spouting geyser. Visit one of the thermal reserves and you will find remarkable boiling mud pools, mineral foot pools, hot water falls and water shooting geysers.
Rotorua is home to the Pink and White terraces. Tourism in New Zealand started years and years ago when visitors from overseas travelled to Rotorua to see these amazing formations. Once known as the eighth wonder of the world, these fascinating formations were destroyed when Mount Tarawera erupted in 1886 killing over 100 people. Despite the loss of the beautiful terraces hundreds of tourists still come every year to catch a glimpse of what remains.
Rotorua is the heartland of the Maori culture in New Zealand and when visiting the region you will experience the warm spirit of the people whose ancestors have roamed the city for over 600 years. During your visit there will be a number of opportunities to enjoy the Maori culture including ancient Maori grounds, live shows and more.
Rotorua is a truly diverse and exciting holiday destination. From sparkling lakes to boiling mud pools, distinct Maori culture to deluxe Health Spas, Volcanic Mountains to adrenalin pumping adventure - there is something for everyone. You can immerse yourself in the lush natural surroundings for a relaxing getaway or enjoy all the benefits of big city living.
There is an abundance of activities to enjoy while in Rotorua. You can experience the multitude of natural attractions in the city including the number of lakes, Volcanoes, geothermal hot spots and forests. If action is your thing take to the lake in a jet boat, get yourself to a river for some white water rafting, hit the luge at Skyline Sky rides or buckle in for a thrilling ride on the Sky swing. To immerse your self in the Maori culture and Rotorua heritage you can visit a marae, take a tour of one of the museums or even see the excavated site of the Mount Tarawera eruption.
The lakes in the area include Lake Rotorua, Lake Tarawea, Lake Okataina and Lake Rotoiti. These are also known as the major fishing lakes. Popular catches in the Rotorua lakes include Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Brown Trout. The best lake to visit will depend on your preferred catch.
Rotorua is approximately a 3 1/2 hour drive or a 45 minute flight from Auckland. You can get to Rotorua by plane, train, bus or car. There is plenty of accommodation in the city to suit every traveller and every budget. From high-class International Hotels to Backpackers, Luxury Lodges to Motels - there is something for everyone.
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