Rotorua, sulphur city
Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s major tourist destinations and is made so by its unique geothermal landscape. Hire a bus in Rotorua to experience all that Rotorua has to offer. Bubbling mud pools, steam vents and hot pools are the main attraction, and an excellent place to see them is at either Whakarewarewa Thermal Village or at Te Puia. Both geothermal parks are expansive, and once inside you have access to such wonders as village replicas, a marae and kiwi house. You can wander through the steamy pathways at your own pace. Traditional Maori shows are performed at these venues. Make time to experience a Hangi – the traditional meal of the Maori which is covered and cooked underground. If you are planning a Rotorua holiday with the kids then don’t miss the Rainbow Springs Nature Park featuring Native Animals, the Agrodome-with shows, activities and rides all based around rural life, or the Buried Village – an ash-covered reminder of the 1886 eruption.
Skyline Rotorua provides fun for the whole family with a 487m high Gondola, a luge and sky swing. The Cableway Restaurant and Bar at the top of the gondola offers the perfect Rotorua dining experience offering breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner with a great view of the City. Rotorua has a huge selection of activities to choose from including horse riding, white water rafting and bungy jumping. The Rotorua region is home to 16 picturesque lakes of various sizes and colours which are excellent for all forms of water sports and bushwalking. Rotorua is famous for its trout fishing in the lakes, rivers and streams and also has some great tracks through the Redwood Forest for mountain biking.
Visit The Polynesian Spa or one of the many wellness centres in Rotorua for a natural spring hot spa, a mud wrap or a Maori massage.