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Exploring New Zealand

Rotorua Area Guide

The famous 'Prince of Wales' (L) and 'Pohutu' (R)
geysers at the NZ Maori Arts & Crafts Institute.
Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley .
Rotorua is one of the most popular destinations for tourists, and a must-visit for anyone intent on seeing New Zealand

The distinctive sulphur smell as you enter the city provides the first clue to just how geothermically active Rotorua remains, with many spectacular geysers, bubbling mud pools, numerous hot springs and other volcanic features. What better place to soak up the atmosphere than in one of the numerous local thermal spas.

The buried village, a short journey from Rotorua, bears witness to the massive eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886 that played a significant part in shaping the Rotorua you see today.

Lake Rotorua is just one of many lakes in the region that offer outstanding trout fishing opportunities, as well as fabulous lake and forest landscapes, and mountain-biking trails.

With a population almost 50% Maori, Rotorua is the ideal place to experience the traditions of this culture, perhaps partake in a hangi meal or watch a display of singing and dancing.

Rotorua is centrally located, with excellent road, rail and air access, and is a pleasant three hour drive from Auckland.