31 best things to do in the central North Island
Dominated by the enormous Lake Taupō and a trio of volcanoes including Mount Ruapehu, the Central Plateau is sporting a plethora of natural ...
Rotorua is an unforgettable place where other-worldly geothermal features, from geysers to boiling mud pools, are the backdrop for adventure activities and some of New Zealand’s most accessible Māori cultural experiences. World-class geothermal spa resorts ensure a well-balanced vacation!
Leave the ordinary world behind and explore a place where the hazards on the local golf course are bubbling mud pools. Watch a geyser erupt, pick your way around steaming hot pools, or visit one of the geothermal spa complexes for a relaxing soak or Māori massage. Then take in one of Rotorua’s many cultural experiences, from a soul-satisfying forest walk with a Māori guide to a stirring powhiri, or welcome, followed by dinner cooked in a traditional hangi.
Rotorua Busy lakeside town with a deep cultural heart in a geothermal setting.
Lake Rotoma Peaceful lake popular with New Zealand campers.
Visit a geothermal park to see active geysers and bubbling mud pools. Watch a kapa haka performance by local Māori. Soak away your evening in a hot thermal pool. See real kiwi birds at a wildlife park. Sample fun – and sometimes hair-raising – adventure activities. Fish for trout or go boating in a Rotorua lake.
Other-worldly features such as bubbling mud pools are commonplace in Rotorua. The region makes the most of these eye-catching natural features with a number of popular visitor areas that allow you to get up close to the region’s most spectacular geothermal wonders in safety.