Built over a hive of geothermal activity, this is an outdoor playground quite unlike any other – a place where you can dodge bubbling mud pools and dip into thermal pools one minute then go shopping for traditional Maori crafts the next.
This is one of the most popular destinations on the North Island and with good reason – the sights you’ll see here are spectacular.
Rotorua is a mix of natural and man-made attractions, infused with indigenous Maori culture. Take a helicopter ride over this extraordinary place, visit the thermal spa for a spot of relaxation or delve into the unspoiled landscape for a true taste of authentic New Zealand.
Why visit Rotorua?
This area is three hours from Auckland so it makes for a great stopover as part of your trip
You can immerse yourself in authentic Maori culture, with traditional customs and experiences to be enjoyed
It has outdoor pursuits in abundance, from white water rafting to hiking trails and luge rides down Mt Ngongotaha
Known locally as The Redwoods, the Whakarewarewa Forest spans over 5600ha and offers up some truly remarkable sights – go horse-back riding or mountain biking through the scenery
Rotorua is steeped in history and tradition so it’s a great place to try out some indigenous Maori cuisine such as the Hangi