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Experience Maori Culture & Hot Pools

Kia ora from Rotorua!

 

Calling this city on the southern shores of Lake Rotorua, home, is an estimated population of 80 thousand people, with Maori culture heavily prominent.

 

Offering multiple attractions from its famous hot geysers to dense, exotic forests and bike riding trails, Rotorua pleasant, year-round weather makes this the perfect holiday destination.


With summer being the best time to explore outdoors, there's no better season to explore; whether that's on one of the beautiful hiking trails or taking a dip in the lakes. During summer, many event and festivals are also held in Rotorua, which lures tourists from all over the world.

 

Autumn is the time for sightseeing and mountain biking, with the seasonal shift creating a gorgeous landscape seen in the golden hues of leaves. When winter rolls around, Rotorua is best enjoyed through the hot springs and spas in the city - and there's plenty to choose from! The geothermal hot springs and mud pools are a must visit - no visit is complete without exploring these attractions.

 

For those looking for a more relaxing getaway, head to Rotorua during the city's quietest season - spring. The famous Rotorua bike festival is held during this time, which lasts for a few days, with a few marathons also take place during this time along with some garden festivals.

 

Some other places and attractions to consider a visit to include:
 


Home to one of the largest hot waterfalls, Hell's Gate is also famous for its land coral and large areas of sulphur deposits. You can enjoy the guided walk which tells you about the area's history or relax with a geothermal mud bath or in the sulphur spas. Finish your trip by trying out Maori carvings.


Whakarewarewa is a living Maori village in Rotorua. Enjoy exploring the incredible history and culture of the Maori. You will also get to see the geothermal wonders of the village. Finally, enjoy a traditional hangi meal that has been cooked by the geothermal waters and steam of the Whakarewarewa Valley.


Spend an evening engaged in the authentic Maori culture in the Miitai Maori village. View warriors paddling an ancient warrior canoe (waka), relish the traditionally cooked hangi and enjoy the Maori culture performance.


Velocity Valley is home to the famous bungy jump 'The Swoop' where you can are raised 40 metres in the air and 'swoop' to the ground at high speeds. You can also try the high-speed Hamilton jet boat or the extreme free fall, which is guaranteed to be the flight (or fright) of your life! The Shweeb Racer is also a must for those who love an adrenaline rush, as it is the first human-powered monorail race track. Also...don't miss out on luge, sky swing and Rotorua zipline - these are all fantastic!


A zipline at Rotorua Canopy Tours through the rainforest of Rotorua is a great way to enjoy a thrilling, aerial tour of New Zealand. Spot wildlife and explore the extraordinary scenery the rainforest has to offer on this exciting adventure through the treetops.

 

The seven metre high Tutea Falls are the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfalls. Enjoy Rotorua White Water Rafting with 14 rapids and three waterfalls. The rapids of the Wairoa River are also known as 'The Rollercoaster' and ' Mothers Nightmare'. You will get a chance to paddle over a three metre waterfall rushing into a pool of white water that lies beneath it - a much-loved experience by many tourists.

 

The Polynesian Spais also recognised as one of the top 10 best spas in the world. Enjoy geothermal bathing and relaxing massage and spa treatments.

 

Discover the magic Rotorua has to offer!