Rotorua

Rotorua

Rotorua

Bubbling mud pools, impressive forests and a township deservedly proud of its Māori heritage makes Rotorua a hot-spot (quite literally) for visitors passing through.


With landscape like this it would be rude not to make the most of it, so those who visit are often found on the mountain bike trails, luge and gondola, or even white water rafting.

And when it comes time to rest the body, it’s easy to agree that Rotorua really does come out on top thanks to the mind-boggling array of natural geothermal pools. Take a wander around the lake itself and see for yourself the magic that lies just below the surface, then sink into one of the many local hot pools and feel any big city worries just slide away.

Tourism has always played a big part in Rotorua’s history, with the famed pink and white terraces (considered one of the eight wonders of the world), impressing visitors back in the 19th century before they were destroyed by the Mount Tarawera eruption.

Art on plinths n Rotorua's town centre.