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. Skyrocketing geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pools all tell you that this place 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.
The Wai-O-Tapu or Orakei Karoko thermal wonderlands are located near Rotorua. These geothermal playgrounds feature a number of exhilarating mudpools, geysers and sulphur pools. View the stunning Champagne Pool, or marvel at the force of the Lady Knox Geyser. Another 4 spectacular geothermal parks are in the surrounding of Rotorua.
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 tribes of Te Arawa have a long association with the Hauraki region. The canoe Te Arawa landed at various points around the Coromandel Peninsula, and those on board named several places, including Moehau Mountain.
Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s leading internationally acclaimed thermal spa, offering relaxing hot mineral spring bathing, sumptuous spa therapies and picturesque Lake Rotorua views.