New Zealand's Maori culture heartland, Rotorua is one of the country's original tourist destinations and has been welcoming visitors to its unique geothermal attractions for more than 200 years. Offering colourful silica terraces and a unique insight into traditional Maori culture, Rotorua holidays are renowned for their boiling mud pools, geysers and hot springs. The sense of being somewhere quite different is apparent as soon as you arrive and the sulphur scented air marks the presence of the famous geothermal hotspots nearby.
This Rotorua travel guide is designed to help you make the most of the warm geothermal springs, boiling mud pools and spouting geysers of this popular destination. The heartland of the country's Maori culture, guests of Rotorua enjoy the unique opportunity to experience traditional culture in the form of Maori cultural performances, traditional hangi feasts or, if you're lucky, as a guest on a marae. These unforgettable experiences combine song, dance, legend and food cooked in earth ovens below the ground.
No trip to New Zealand is complete without visiting the powerful display of nature found in the hot springs, mud pools and geothermal attractions of Rotorua. Heartland of the Maori culture, Rotorua accommodation options offer a convenient range of onsite facilities within minutes of the springs. Ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars, Rotorua accommodation offers everything from comfortable motels to modern hotels and luxury resorts. There’s also charming bed and breakfasts and kiwi country retreats close the city’s full range of shopping and dining options. Book cheap Accommodation in Rotorua
Rotorua attractions greet you as soon as you arrive in town. The adventure begins when you arrive at Whakarewarewa thermal reserve on your way into town. Allow a whole day in stunning Waimangu Valley to explore the thermal wonders of Te Wairoa where a volcanic eruption once buried a village. You can also cruise to Lake Rotomahana's steaming cliffs. Attend a hangi feast and enjoy this Maori cultural night complete with traditional dancing. For something different, stay overnight in a Maori communal meeting house known as a marae. Visit Rainbow Farm and the Agrodome. Ride the Skyline Gondola and enjoy amazing views before getting the luge back down. Try your luck in 14 lakes fishable for trout with licenses and gear able to be arranged. Indulge in a relaxing massage or pampering hot soak at the Polynesian Spa.
Rotorua is nicknamed ‘Sulfur City’, due to its geothermal activity which produces a distinct smell which intensifies the closer you get to the outskirts of the city. The word 'Rotorua' is Maori for 'second lake'. Rotorua is home to New Zealand’s highest proportion of Maori people with just over a third of the population being Maori, considered the ‘original’ people of New Zealand. Rotorua boasts some of the best fishing waters in the country and is famous for its trophy-worthy rainbow trout.