Welcome to geothermal Rotorua!
Rotorua New Zealand is a place like no other. Only a good three hours’ drive from Auckland, it’s like entering another world. Steaming vents and bubbling mud carve the ever changing landscape and a constant smell of sulfur lies in the air.
Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland
Rotorua lies in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, which stretches from White Island all the way to Tongairo National Park. The earth crust here is very thin, compared with other places in the world, which results in a lot of geothermal activity and a big range of active volcanoes in the area. One of the most famous geothermal parks is definitely Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, but there are just SO many to choose from!
The geothermal activity also makes Rotorua a (literal) hotspot for spa and wellness treatments. You can treat your skin to a full body mud mask or soak up the warm thermal water in the many spas or in one of the free hot springs. You even get to take a shower under a natural hot waterfall!
But Rotorua is not only rich in geothermal activity, there are so many other things to do in Rotorua, too!
Rotorua is an adventure playground
You are spoilt for choice in Rotorua if you are an adrenaline junkie. It may not be as famous as its southern equivalent Queenstown, but there are heaps of awesome and thrilling things to do in Rotorua! Zorbing was invented here, for instance (that’s when you roll down a hill in a ball..). No matter if you decide on a bungy jump, race your friends on the luge, fly past the tree canopy on a zipline or tackle the single trails on your bike, you’ll be smiling with satisfaction.
Rotorua is great to learn about Maori culture
In no other place in New Zealand is it as easy to learn about Maori culture than in Rotorua. There is an array of Maori villages where touists get to learn about the birth or Aotearoa (which is the Maori word for New Zealand), and see how wood, bone and pounamu (New Zealand jade) is carved. Some of the villages also serve a traditional Hangi, made out of meat and vegetables and steamed in an earth oven.