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Places of interest


Buried Village of Te Wairoa popular

Museum and excavated village sites telling the story of the devastating 1886 eruption of Mt. Tarawera. Guided tours available.

Kiwi Encounter popular

An opportunity to see the kiwi bird in a conservation centre that includes a working hatchery and nursery, a nocturnal area and a kiwi culture exhibit.

Rainbow Springs Nature Park popular

Crystal clear fresh water springs, native New Zealand plants and redwoods. See wild rainbow trout, kiwi housed in a purpose-built kiwi house, and the only live tuatara in Rotorua.

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland popular

Active geothermal environment, including geysers (the Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am), bubbling mud pools, volcanic craters and the champagne pool. Located 20 minutes drive from Rotorua.