Rotorua - the place of fascinating
Māori culture, hot springs and boiling mud pools. No visit to New Zealand would be
complete without stopping here.
Rotorua is one place where the turbulent forces
that formed New Zealand are most evident. This city, on the Volcanic Plateau, has one of
the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity and sits squarely on the Pacific
Rim of Fire.
Rotorua is also the ancestral home of the Te Arawa people who
settled here more than 600 years ago and their presence offers the visitor numerous
cultural experiences. Try a hangi feast – cooked in the steaming ground, take a tour of
an authentic pre-European Māori village or treat yourself to an indulgent spa therapy.
If adventure is your thing, Rotorua has many attractions to get the adrenalin flowing;
everything from skydiving and luging to zorbing and one of New Zealand’s best mountain
It’s also a big trout fishing area with fishing on the lakes and
tributary rivers and if you’re unlucky there you can sight some of the huge trout (but,
alas, not catch them) at Rainbow and Fairy Springs. With its international airport,
Rotorua is also the gateway to the North Island’s skifields for excellent skiing and
snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu in the winter.