Rotorua

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The Heartland of New Zealand?s Maori Culture

Rotorua is a very popular destination spot in New Zealand as it is famous for its thermal activity which includes geysers, steaming hot pools, mud pools and lakes. It is the spiritual home to the Maori. From the moment you enter Rotorua you know you are some place like no where else in New Zealand. The unique smell of sulphur together with escaping steam into the air lets you know you are in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Rotorua

Rotorua

Facts

Population
Rotorua 68,000

Climate
Summer 25
Winter 15

Driving Distance
Auckland to Rotorua is 235kms approx 2 hours 45 mins
Wellington to Rotorua is 450kms approx 6 hours

Attractions

  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve ? take a guided tour around the reserve and experience the different geysers including Pohutu geyser which erupts 80% of the day shooting boiling water 31m into the air.
  • The blue and green lake which are named for their reflective colours, surrounded in native bush and ferns. Beautiful to capture on video.
  • Okere Falls and the 30min bush walk
  • Kuirau Park indulged with its English gardens and thermal spots where you can enjoy watching the mud pools, hot springs and hot foot baths
  • For all those fishing lovers, Trout fishing is popular here with 16 lakes to choose from
  • Visit one of the volcanic based attractions like Rainbow Springs or Paradise Valley Springs

Activities

  • There are several thermal parks to enjoy the geysers, mud pools and much more
  • Relax and soak in a variety of mineral pools and spa?s around the region
  • Visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and enjoy the Maori cultural shows performed daily
  • The Rotorua museum of Art and History and Burried Village
  • Take the Gondola skyline ride and enjoy the views from the top of Mt Ngongotaha and take the Luge ride back down. Heaps of fun for all the family to enjoy!
  • Scenic flights by helicopter
  • Lots of adventure options to choose from including white-water rafting, the Agrodome Sheep show and Farm tour, Horse Riding and lots more
  • Visit the Prawn Farm
  • Enjoy some Family fun on A1 Jet Boat Safari New Zealand Riverjet

Did you know?

  • There are 16 lakes in the Rotorua District
  • Most recent volcanic events have included the Taupo eruption of around 1,800 years ago and the Tarawera eruption of 1886 AD
  • Rotorua attracts more than 1.3 million domestic and international visitors each year

Events
Sunday, August 20, 2006 – Have a go at Gliding! Venue: Rotorua Airport
Saturday, September 16, 2006 – 28th Kaingaroa Timberlands Redwoods Forest Relay Venue: Long Mile Road, Whakarewarewa Forest

Author: nztravelguide

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