Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua in the central Bay of Plenty area, the city of Rotorua was established in the 1830s. A mix of natural beauty, historical significance and unusual geographical features, Rotorua is on the tourist route for almost every visitor to New Zealand.
Hard to miss, Rotorua's prominent geo-thermal activity surrounds the city with a distinct sulphuric smell, and provides easy access to various visitor and scenic attractions such as bubbling mud and gushing geysers amidst stunning lake and forest landscapes. Geothermal parks such as Wai-O-Tapu and Orakei Korako offer safe, close-up access to spectacular volcanic sights such as colourful silica terraces, boiling mudpools and erupting geysers.
The city also offers a unique insight into Maori traditions, past ways of life and the renaissance of the Maori culture as it exists today in New Zealand. Take the opportunity on your visit to Rotorua to experience a welcome based in the customs of Polynesian hospitality. Learn about the past and present lives of the Maori people, as well as their unique skills and strength of character.
From historical thermal areas and Maori village attractions (such as Tamaki Maori Village) that have been set up to allow you to experience the past to engaging cultural performances and fascinating marketplaces, Maori culture is alive in Rotorua.
There's much more on offer in Rotorua - take a gondola ride up to the Skyline Skyrides Restaurant where you can take in stunning views over the city and Mount Tarawera with your meal, enjoy the New Zealand farming experience at the Agrodome, or steep yourself in history at the Rotorua Museum or the excavation / museum site, the Buried Village – there's so much on offer.
Talk to us at Reception to help you plan your time in Rotorua. We'd love to share our passion for Rotorua, its sights and its people - and we'd love to save you money, as we have discount vouchers for some of the more popular attractions.