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Rotorua

Known for Family-friendly, Culture and Hot Springs

Experience traditional Māori culture amid magnificent North Island scenery in this city known for its redwood forests, expansive lakes and delightful geothermal spas.

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Discover the beautiful attractions of Rotorua, which was founded by a Māori explorer in the 14th century. Enjoy the area's sweeping beauty, fertile lakes and geothermal pools, which have barely changed since Ihenga’s time.

Rotorua is known for its scenic waterways, including 18 lakes and three rivers. Experience Lake Rotorua with a rented kayak and explore caves illuminated by glow worms. Enjoy the calm as you fish by the lakeside or watch the sunset from a paddle-steamer cruise.

Refresh and revitalise your body at one of Rotorua's many spa attractions. Return to nature with a dip in a forest thermal stream. For a total pampering experience, visit one of the many spa complexes and feel the healing power of geothermal waters, Māori massage and herbal treatments.

Farther afield, try waterskiing on the artificial Lake Ohakuri. Wrestle with white water on a fast-paced tour down the Kaituna River Rapids. For something with a slower pace, take a relaxing daytrip to the isolated Lake Rerewhakaaitu and camp by the water's edge.

Cycle or hike within Rotorua's lofty forests. The Redwoods is 5,600-hectares (12,800-acres) of forest stretched over rugged terrain. Over 70 trails pass through the Redwoods, offering options for all skill levels.

Discover Māori culture while watching traditional dance performances at Whakarewarewa Māori Village. Visit the Buried Village of Te Wairoa to learn about the disastrous 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera. See items recovered from the aftermath.

Rotorua is situated on New Zealand's North Island. Travel between attractions using a rental car or book tour buses from local operators. Finish your day exploring the area with a Twilight Spa at the Hells Gate Mud Bath and Sulphur Spa Complex, which opens until 10pm for this special experience. By day you can explore the Hells Gate geothermal park on a guided walk past bubbling mud, hot water lakes and coloured pools. After your walk, relax in the warm mud baths, get a massage and enjoy a meal at the on-site café. Hells Gate is just under 20 minutes’ drive east from the centre of Rotorua.

Activities in Rotorua

One of the largest lakes on the North Island, this location offers an abundance of exciting activities as well as a fascinating geological and cultural history.

Marvel at the pristine Nelson Lakes National Park as you kayak across this magnificent lake to thermal pools and glow worm caves. 

Take in the splendid scenery during a gondola ride and jump in a luge cart to navigate your way down the exciting mountain track.

Set among the serene Government Gardens on the shores of Lake Rotorua, these hot pools are an idyllic place to relax and unwind.

Explore one of the region’s most beautiful lakes and relax on the beach beside the sparkling water.

For a great insight into Māori customs and way of life, sign up for this magical, entertaining and educational cultural experience.

Family-friendly and easily accessible, this Rotorua park is home to a collection of geothermic vents and a weekly flea market.

Walk, cycle or ride a horse through this picturesque forest filled with a magnificent array of trees from around the world.

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Step into the world of Middle-earth, the Shire, and Hobbiton as you head to the movie set where acclaimed director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to life. Find out how this once-sleepy sheep farm was turned into a movie set and take an up-close look at real sets and props.

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Venture inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and enter a magical world shimmering with thousands of tiny glowworms. After discovering the incredible acoustic properties of the chamber known as the Cathedral, board a boat and glide beneath a dazzling ceiling illuminated by living lights.

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Experience the authentic Tamaki Maori village nestled in the lush Rotorua forest. Discover the unique culture, customs, and traditions of the Maori people, then feast on a delicious Hangi-cooked meal and witness the traditional Maori war cry, the famous Haka dance.

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Settle in for a one-of-a-kind feast with storytelling, entertainment, and terrific cuisine that lets you get to know the rich and tasty world of traditional Maori life. This experience shows you the unforgettable sights of the Wharewarewa Thermal Valley along with an exclusive look at the place's enduring culture.

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The Hell's Gate Geothermal Park is Rotorua’s most active geothermal area featuring a walkway lined with unique geothermal wonders and interactive opportunities.

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Kaituna Cascades was the original company to explore and start rafting the Kaituna River, a long standing goal achieved and one we are very proud of. Experience the thrills and spills of the Mighty Kaituna River as we take on the world famous 7 meter Tutea Falls, the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.

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