of New Zealand tourism in the 1800's, Rotorua continues to fascinate as an adventure,
and spa destination.
Historically known as the Nature’s Spa of the South Pacific, the healing waters of hot springs, theraputic massages and mud wraps are offered to rejeuvanate the spirit. This can be experienced at Polynesian Spa and Pools.
The earth rumbles beneath your feet and steam escapes hissing through fumeroles and geysers. The
spirit of the Maori culture is shown with authentic village and performance experiences.
unique volcanic landscape, living Maori culture, natural Hot springs and plenty of options
adventures, Rotorua is one of New Zealands most famous destinations.
New Zealand straddles an active fault line where two giant pieces of the earth's surface are in a constant state of collision. In the South Island they meet and push upwards, creating the towering Southern Alps; around the central North Island, one piece is creeping slowly under the other, generating enormous amounts of subterranean heat and volcanic activity. All around Rotorua, sneaky threads of steam drift upward from parks, river banks and drains. The unmistakeable scent of sulphur wafts through the air. Minutes from the city centre, geysers of boiling water roar from the ground and pools of bubbling mud gurgle and belch.
Geothermal and volcanic activity have sculpted the landscape in every direction. The many beautiful lakes are water-filled craters from violently explosive eruptions. Giant sleeping volcanoes rise all around and gently oozing lava has created conical hills and islands. Silica terraces and the edges of ponds have been beautifully coloured by minerals extracted from deep inside the earth by the rising superheated water and steam.
Since the arrival of the first Maori settlers, people have harnessed this vast renewable energy source for cooking, heating and, more recently, electric power production. You'll discover that a relaxing soak in naturally heated water is the perfect end to a day of geothermal exploration.
Outdoor adventures abound with guided trout fishing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and waterskiing all popular.
Maori culture can be experienced by a guided tour to Te Puia and also by visiting Tamaki Village or Mitai in the evening for a cultural experience that includes a Hangi dinner prepared in the traditional way.
Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs also offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working kiwi nursery and hatchery.