- Heading out for a walk amongst nature in the majestic Redwood Forest
- A trip to the filming location for Lord of the Rings at Hobbition – and a drink in the Green Dragon pub afterwards!
- Experiencing real Maori cuisine and enjoying a hangi at one of the cultural evenings held at Te Puia
- Viewing the geothermal activity in all its different forms
Rotorua is the bubbling core of New Zealand. Packed to the brim with geothermal pools, one of the oldest mountain biking networks in the world, a burgeoning food scene, and continually evolving forest trails, it’s also the spiritual home of the Maori people. What more could you want?
Rotorua is in the very heart of the North Island of New Zealand. With a laid-back atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to recharge your batteries, connect with Maori culture, and get back to nature. It’s also the perfect base from which to explore some of New Zealand’s other delights. For example, Matamata, the home of Hobbiton, is just a one-hour drive away, whilst The Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay are equidistant to the north and south.
Visit Rotorua’s Geothermal Spas
Rotorua is situated within the Taupo Volcanic Zone. This geothermal field extends all the way from White Island to Mt Ruapehu and is responsible for Rotorua’s Middle-Earth landscape. From lakes nestled within volcanic craters to bubbling mud pools, excitable geysers to natural hot spas, there’s a way for everyone to enjoy the volcanic landscape at their own leisure.
Kuirau Park is just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the city and is a playground of geothermal activity. Take a stroll through the public park and walk past bubbling springs such as the highly sulphurous Rachel Spring whilst taking in the beauty of the gardens. From here it’s just a short walk to the promenade where you’ll find plenty of shops, restaurants, and the local i-site which is a wealth of information.
Whakarewarewa, also known as The Living Village, is an example of how the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao Maori tribe have utilised the geothermal vents, and respect the ever-changing forces which bubble away beneath the surface of their homes. From geysers, hot springs, and mud pools, to the beautiful nature trails that wind through the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, there’s an experience for everyone.
Te Puia is just five minutes from Central Rotorua and is home to the famous Pohutu Geyser which can spurt water up to 30 metres in to the air! You’ll also find the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute here.
Eating and Drinking in Rotorua
For food-lovers, the newly renovated ‘Eat Street’, is a must-visit. This sheltered stretch offers a plethora of drinking and dining options to choose from. Craft beer pubs and relaxed coffee bars rub shoulders with restaurants serving cuisines from around the world including Thai, Italian, and Indian, just to name a few. Lady Jane’s Ice Cream Parlour is a must-visit for those with a sweet tooth. Choose from over 40 flavours of ice cream including Anzac coconut cookie, hokey pokey, and many more.
Planning a Holiday to New Zealand?
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Shane Marshall, a guide at Te Puia Geothermal Valley and Cultural Centre knows how important it is to give yourself plenty of time during your visit.
“Not only have you got all the geothermal features to view, but of course the exciting artwork and carvings that you’ll be able to watch Maori artists hard at work creating, oh and the two cute Kiwi birds in our nocturnal enclosure as well.”