Rotorua – Top Places in New Zealand


Rotorua is a city that sits on the edge of a large lake with the same name, in the Bay of Plenty, located on a volcanic plateau, which covers much of the Central North Island of New Zealand.

Champagne Pool - Waiotapu - Rotorua

Champagne Pool – Waiotapu | Photo by: Jesper Bülow

City of Rotorua

Rotorua City

Lying squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire, on an area that has been geologically exciting for millennia, the city is known for having one of the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity, and features skyrocketing geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pools.

Rotorua Mud Pool

Rotorua Mud Pool

From the moment you enter the city, you know you’re in Rotorua because of the characteristic faint scent of sulphur that lingers in the air and gives the city a “rotten eggs” smell.

Rotorua Waiotapu

Waiotapu Hot Springs

The hydrogen sulphide emissions and the clouds of steam escaping into the air are a constant reminder of the thermal activity of the city.

Rotorua Hot Spring

Rotoru Hot Spring

Considered to be one of New Zealand’s top adventure destinations, Rotorua has a host of attractions and activities to get the adrenalin flowing.

Rotorua Mountain Biking

Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Biking

Skydiving, bungy jumping, luging, white water rafting and sledging, jet boating, four wheel driving, mountain biking in one of New Zealand’s best mountain bike trails and Zorbing, an inflatable globe in which you roll down a hill, are some of the thrills, leisure and sporting options.

Zorbing Rotorua

Zorbing Rotorua

If you prefer to take it ease or relax, try walking among the towering Redwoods, famous for its magnificent in the Californian Coastal, on the Whakarewarewa Forest just a few minutes drive from the city centre.

Redwood Forest Rotorua

Redwood Forest Rotorua | Photo by: Tobias Peciva

Relax in the waters of the hot springs, take a thermal mud bath, or chose from a selection of therapeutic spa and massage therapies.

Hot Springs Rotorua

Hot Spring Rotorua

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