Rotorua is a region rich in stunning landscapes beckoning life's explorers.
Discover 18 sparkling lakes, magnificent native and exotic forests, geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and the best of New Zealand's fascinating Maori culture.

A region rich in culture


Rotorua is part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a geothermal field extending from White Island off the Bay of Plenty Coast to Mt Ruapehu far to the south.

Rotorua's array of geothermal features - volcanic crater lakes, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools, hissing fumaroles and colourful sinter terraces - are sure to impress.

This volcanic activity has drawn visitors to Rotorua since the 1800s and remains a huge draw card at spectacular thermal parks. These include Te Puia, where the Pohutu geyser is the star of the Whakarewarewa Valley erupting up to 20 times a day to heights of 30m. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland - well known for its colourful waters and the famed Chamapagne Pool; Hells Gate is renowned for its mud baths and Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the youngest geothermal eco-system in the world. 

Spa & Wellness

Rejuvinating therapies spring from Rotorua's thermal activity and are unlike anything you'll see elsewhere in the world.

A myriad of spa options are within easy reach; whether you're after a simple soak in a natural bush-lined thermal stream or a full day at a luxuriously-appointed spa complex.

Rotorua's geothermal water, mineral-enriched muds, Maori massage and indigenous herbs play a special role in local spa culture.

Return from your holiday in Rotorua feeling invigorated, revitalised and refreshed, knowing that you've given your body the ultimate restorative treatment nature has to offer.


Maori culture abounds in Rotorua

Culture, History & Tradition

Offering genuine warmth of welcome and manaakitanga (hospitality) is something that the Te Arawa Maori have been providing to visitors to the Rotorua region for well over 150 years.

Local Maori share their culture, history, music, art, language, and even their homes.

Whether it's an encounter with a Maori guide, a hongi greeting, talking to a carver or weaver, eating indigenous food, experiencing traditional massage, hearing age-old stories, or attempting a few words in Te Reo; visitors will be enriched by their Maori culture experience.

A hangi (food cooked in an earth oven) and cultural performance is one of the most popular ways to experience traditional Maori culture. There are also ways to explore contemporary Maori culture too, such as art, fashion and ta moko.

Lakes and Forests

The 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers dotted around Rotorua makes the area an aquatic paradise.

Take it all in while relaxing in a lake edge thermal hot pool or explore the lakes at length discovering glow worm caves and fresh water springs by kayak or stand up paddle board.

Cruise Lake Rotorua on a traditional paddle steamer or explore Lake Rotoiti with Pure Cruise on their sleek 53ft luxury catamaran ‘Tiua’. For a family fun option hop on board an amphibious WWII landing craft and experience the lakes with Rotorua Duck Tours.

The region is also a fisherman’s dream with trophy trout to be had year round on the lakes, rivers and streams.

For fast-paced adventures, try white water sledging or rafting the Grade 5 Kaituna River with 14 rapids and the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall at 7m high with any one of Rotorua’s world class rafting companies.

The Rotorua Lakes are treasured natural assets and taonga to the Te Arawa people.

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