A popular international tourist destination, Rotorua is unlike any place on earth. A centre for all kinds of fascinating geothermal activity, this city in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand’s North Island, is home to geysers, hot springs, boiling mud pits and steaming vents releasing earth’s boiling pressure. There are many picturesque lakes in which to enjoy as well. Whether it’s kayaking, swimming or simply enjoying a picnic or hike along the picturesque waterways, there are many idyllic spots in which to get out and enjoy the scenery.
These riveting attractions form part of Rotorua’s stunning outdoor scenery, where the natural elements come together to form some of the most unique but beautiful sites found anywhere in the world. The many parks and reserves provide excellent views of these natural wonders, and in controlled areas, the hot springs can even be used for baths. Most locations however are for viewing only as the water and mud can be boiling hot. Enjoy the many walking trails and hikes for excellent viewing of the earthly wonders; enjoy dodging the mud pool hazards on the golf course or try your hand at zip-lining through the dense Bay of Plenty forests.
As captivating as the outdoor attractions are, there is also a thriving arts and restaurant scene which for a small city like Rotorua is quite extraordinary. Roam the stately halls of the Rotorua Museum where art and local history come alive in a number of permanent exhibitions. The cafe and restaurants will delight as well with many tasty treats and savoury dishes to choose from. Rotorua is a place that loves to put on a show, and the reviews are all a resounding ‘thumbs up.’
Getting to Rotorua
Rotorua is a pleasant three hour drive southeast of Auckland, in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty Region. There are several routes to take, with Highways 1 and 5 via Hamilton being the most direct yet most travelled. Alternative routes to the east may take slightly longer but are far more scenic, with many interesting landscapes and natural features to enjoy.
Rotorua Airport (ROT) enjoys frequent service from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown on various Air New Zealand Link airlines. The direct seasonal route to Sydney on Air New Zealand ends in April 2015.
Ask your Travel Associates consultant about a multi-stop air fare and enjoy New Zealand’s many exciting destinations along the way.